Thursday, July 10, 2014

North, North to Seattle

July 10th

We learned from Albert and Josie, long time Caribbean veterans, that they allow about three weeks from the time they haul out until the time they fly back to Belgium for the summer. We had allowed two days.

As stand-by passengers, it's critical that we travel light.
And a hectic two days they were. We had to make arrangements with the company that would be watching our boat. They brought us a couple of boxes that we stuffed full of stuff going back to the States, including one huge fender that I managed to crush as we on the dock at Iles des Saints (but they have a lifetime warranty). Without AC, the boat was almost unbearably hot. We rented a room at the basic hotel Peakes has at the boatyard to help make things a little easier. Most importantly, the room was air conditioned and had a shower, two huge amenities for those of us living on a boat.

Not a La Dame Blanche, but close.
 Similar to an early morning departure when sailing, we got up at 4:00 am for the hour-long drive to the Port of Spain airport. We were very fortunate to get two seats on the flight to Houston. Just getting out of the heat of Trinidad (Texans must be laughing here) was a big deal for us. Unfortunately we missed the connecting flight to Seattle, so we improvised and asked the gate agent where to get ice cream in the massive Houston airport complex.  His eyes lit up as he mentioned the secret favorite of all Texans:  Blue Bell ice cream. And hidden in the back of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate store was a freezer full of Blue Bell. Going for broke I had vanilla with chocolate sauce, a little piece of heaven as my arteries hardened before my eyes.

We finally caught the later Seattle flight and enjoyed just relaxing (we got Economy Plus seating) in our seats after all the work getting the boat ready for haul out. Once at SeaTac we headed down to Ivars Restaurant, another staple for long time Seattleites. Picked up our rental car, came back to wrestle all of our luggage into the little Nissan and headed to the Berry B&B for a couple of days.

Our first stop is always to see the grand kids, so amazing how Brody and his younger brother Bennett have grown up. Also got caught up with Rod and Mary Helen’s on their Catalina 36, Spirit Wind, which is moored at Elliott Bay Marina, our old stomping grounds.

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