Bee Weems Arrives in the Northwest- The Final Frontier - Entry 9
By BeeWeems - Published September 23, 2008 - Viewed 3077 times
I am writing this final blog entry for the 2008 boating season from the salon of Bee Weems at her new longterm berth at Anchor Cove Marina in Anacortes, Washington. From Annapolis to Anacortes! What an adventure this has been!
The last time I wrote we were in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. We had a beautiful week there. The Apostle islands have much to offer. Most of the islands are uninhabited and are maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. Many boast charming light houses, abundant hiking trails through woods or along beaches, campsites for kayakers and docks for daytime boat use.
Pete and I visited Stockton Island which is home to the Apostle Island National Park Headquarters. We walked its sandy beaches, hiked its trails through the woods and listened to the Park Ranger's evening talk about the early history of the islands. This is one of the few islands with a dock where boats are welcome to spend the night for a small fee. Because Stockton Island is home for the Park headquarters it services many boaters, and a large dock area holds up to 10 or more boats.
We also visited the rocky caves along the shore of Devil's Island, a small isolated island at the northern edge of the Apostles. And finally, we spent the night at the Madeline Island Yacht Club which is one of the islands that is not part of the National Park Service and has quite a few summer residents and a thriving tourist trade with quick access via ferry to the mainland.
Cave at Devil's Island
We had spectacular weather this last week of our time on Lake Superior. When we weren't exploring the islands we were preparing for our changeover with Steve Zimmerman. We spent a couple of nights at Pikes Bay Marina which is a brand new facility just two miles from Apostle Island Marina which is in downtown Bayfield. The advantage of Pike's Bay Marina (even though it is a couple of miles from town) is that it offers better wind protection than the Apostle Island Marina. Plus it has a state of the art big screen TV. (We wanted to watch the closing celebration of the Olympics because we missed most of the Olympics while cruising.) It also had a much needed laundry facility.
On Saturday evening of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Steve and Ian arrived in Bayfield in a rental car they picked up at the Duluth Airport. We handed over the keys to the boat, all our cruising guides and guidelines for securing the boat for hauling. Peter and I then left for Duluth in the rental car, leaving Steve and Ian with the chore of preparing Bee Weems for the 1700 mile overland journey to Anacortes after a week of play among the Apostle Islands.
Preparing Bee Weems for Cross Country Travel
Peter and I had a bit of a rude awakening to life shoreside. We didn't make hotel reservations in Duluth in advance because, while aboard Bee Weems, we had become accustomed to making decisions about our day's pursuits each morning after checking weather, etc. We didn't even think about the fact that this was Labor Day weekend and that hotels might be full. We arrived in the outskirts of Duluth at 11pm Saturday night and found that there were no available hotel rooms within a 75 mile radius of the city. Ouch! Long story short.....we ended up sleeping in the rental car in a downtown parking lot Saturday night. (I haven't done that since college days!) Fortunately, we found a room Sunday night, but wow, that was a shocker!!
The transportation of Bee Weems over land to Anacortes was a big undertaking for Peter. He was in constant communications with three different trucking companies before he finally worked a deal with one trucker to pick up Bee Weems on the day he wanted and at a reasonable price. We visited Barker Marine in Duluth and discussed the hauling details with the service manager there. Then, once back in Annapolis, Peter spoke with the truck driver, Dave, every day to check on his baby. (If Pete ever gives me a hard time about wanting to keep in close touch with our children I will remind him of this episode with his beloved boat.) After climbing rugged mountain passes and enduring pouring rain crossing the state of Montana, Bee Weems arrived in Anacortes in 5 days. Because we weren't available to meet her, Peter asked a very trustworthy friend to check on her condition upon arrival at SkyLine Marina on Friday morning, Sept 13. Later that day, Peter and I flew from Annapolis to Seattle. And then on Saturday morning we drove up to the marina knowing we would need to spend the entire day putting Bee Weems back together and cleaning off the road dirt. By the end of Saturday she was almost back to normal - her mast and radar back in place. The next morning, while we waited for our son, Ben, to arrive, we fueled up and put the red kayak and Avon tender back on the roof so that Bee Weems looked more like her old self.
Bee Weems out of the water in Duluth, MN
We were very excited to introduce Bee Weems to our favorite cruising grounds - the San Juan Islands. We had to pinch ourselves that we were actually here! When Ben arrived, we left Anacortes and made a beeline directly for Doe Bay on Orcas Island. This is where Peter spent most of his childhood summers. A mooring ball was awaiting our arrival and we were greeted by neighbors and Pete's parents waving from the beach. We spent the night at the mooring under a full moon and calm seas. Wow, how perfect!
Bee Weems at Doe Bay, Orcas Island
View of Mt. Baker from San Juan Islands
We cruised through the British Gulf Islands with Peter's parents for 3 glorious days. We visited Poet's Cove in Bedwell Harbor on South Pender Island, the artsy town of Ganges on Salt Spring Island and then back into the States at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. It was a stunning climax to our 2008 boating adventure.
Now Bee Weems is snug in her covered slip in Anacortes where she will remain until the start of the 2009 cruising season. We have already met with several local cruising experts to discuss the best places to visit in Alaska next year. We are looking forward to this next epic adventure.
For a good visual image of the 2008 summer cruising path of Bee Weems visit the link below to NOAA's Office of Coast Survey:
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Comment by KeyportTrawler | Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 11:51:52 PM
The Trogdons, Reading of your arrival in Anacortes and your voyage to The Canadian Gulf Islands reminded me of many trips sailing in the area. I can not imagine a better boat for cuising the Northwest than "Bee Weems". I hope you will consider showing us your proud Zimmerman 36 at Trawler Fest next May in Anacortes. I'm surely not the only West Coast follower who's very curious to see the legendary quality of Zimmerman Marine's construction in person, and meet the two of you and see your product line before you venture North to Alaska. Have a great winter season.
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