ETC took a little trip aboard Kingsley last weekend, North from Shilshole to stay the night at the Edmonds Marina in Edmonds, Washington. We brought our two Innova Safari kayaks on deck and set out to explore the Edmonds marina and breakwater.
First, breakfast on the new grill...ok, newer grill.
P.S. - the cast iron keeps the grease and liquid out of the fire (the drip pan is small and shallow, the grill is hard to clean without taking the whole thing apart, & the cast iron stays warm after the fire is out so you can cook on low...because the grill doesn't really do low).
I usually add the sailor flotation/seat cushions to my Safaris since the water is cold and some of my kayakers are a little over the weight limit (me) on these guys (water comes in and out the self-bailing holes).
Paddling next to the snow covered breakwater! Actually, that's bird poop.
Not a bad little paddle. The marina is a lot smaller (actual size and number of boats) than Shilshole but has some really cool boats. The entrance, at least in the summer, can get a little busy with pleasure and fishing boats so paddlers should be careful. Although we launched off the back of Kingsley as marina guests, anyone could put in close to the marina - there are beaches on the North and South ends (see map below).
~Paul, Ann ETC
We made a little visit to our kiteboarding, beer-making neighbors to the South in Hood River, Oregon. They advertise the 'best wind in the world'. Well, it was windy, I'm not so sure about best (because it is a lot and is blowing all of the time?), but they do make some good beer.
Full Sail brewery is located in the small adventure town, almost right on the mighty Columbia. They have free daily brewery tours and a great little restaurant/pub. It's not exactly on the water but it's easy to hop in the car and drive on down to the beach where the kiteboarders are going at it. I wouldn't take a picnic and blanket because it's windy...like, really windy (unless you like watching the kiteboarders like me).
The brewmaster told us that the beer-making staff works four ten hour shifts and then plays every three-day weekend in the beautiful outdoors that surround the city. Some kiteboard, some hike, in the winter they ski and/or snowboard, snowmobile, snowshoe, etc. Sounds nice. It's basically what we try to do here at ETC...but with more beer...and wind...OK, not just more wind...the best wind in the world!
Paul, Micah, Joe, Matt ETC
Welcome Russians! Here in Seattle we were recently graced with the presence of the 364 foot long tall ship, Pallada, sent from Russia with love (I added the with love part). The ship was only in port for a few days, tours were free, so ETC took an extended lunch break and climbed aboard!
Knowing the boat was headed off to Japan that evening, we rushed home and set sail aboard Kingsley to catch her on the way out of the Puget Sound...Apparently, under sail this baby can reach speeds of 18 knots.
I leave you with a Russian sailor photo extravaganza!
~Paul, Amber ETC
Sometimes I take a quick paddle off of Kingsley around the Shilshole Marina breakwater. It only takes about 30-45 minutes and it's hard to miss my skeletal and serpent neighbors. We posted on them once before, check it!
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