Commodore’s Column

2021 October Baggywrinkle Newsletter: “Find Your Spirit Power”

Now that boating season is coming to an end, we should find other outdoor activities to keep us healthy, safe, and sane in these crazy pandemic times.  Our son and daughter-in-law, Braden and Lisa, who live in the Portland area, were up visiting over Labor Day Weekend.   Braden asked if we’d ever been on the hike to Tamanowas Rock Sanctuary, in Chimacum.  I had never even heard of it.  After a quick Google search, we knew we had to explore.

The Sanctuary has a lot of history to the S’Klallam people and is considered a sacred place.  Even to this day the S’Klallam people make offerings and prayers of thanks when they visit.  Tamanowas means “spirit power” in their native language and in ancient times they went there to discover their guardian spirit.  Some claimed to find their “spirit animal.”  (I told Braden and Lisa that I already knew that if I had a spirit animal it would be an Orca.)  Tamanowas Rock was also used as a mastodon hunting lookout and considered a place of refuge during floods and tsunamis.

We found the very small parking lot off Anderson Lake Road, parked, and began our ascent.  The trails took us through fir trees, alder, big leaf maple, madrona and cedar.  The autumn colors were just barely beginning to reveal their glory.  We were so enthralled with the beauty, we missed the trail to the Rock and found ourselves high above Chimicum Valley with breathtaking views of the valley and sea.  I’m glad we missed the turn, because this was not to be missed either.  On our descent we found the correct trail and after a short walk through a pathway of lush ferns, Tamanowas Rock rose up from the forest like a magnificent natural cathedral.  It is an immense monolith with caves, crevices and cliffs, formed 43 million years ago.   In the quiet, almost eerie, but majestic surroundings Braden, Lisa and I could feel the “spirit power” of nature itself.

I’d highly recommend this short hike.  The fall colors should be even more spectacular now.  Take in the beauty of Tamanowas Rock Sancuary and find your spirit power.   The hike became even more special to come home to a pod of Orcas swimming by our home off the bluff of Marrowstone Island (confirming my spirit animal?).

                                                                                                                     Commodore Debbie

 

 

2021 September Baggywrinkle Newsletter: “Coping with COVID”

What a glorious summer of cruising!  The sunshine-filled weather, the adventures, the camaraderie of fellow boaters … everything a PTYC member could ask for.  To me, the most valuable thing about cruising this summer was finally getting to know our new members.

Remember back in 2019, when life was normal and there was no such thing as Covid?  2019 was also the year we had nearly record breaking new memberships.  Unfortunately, we barely had a chance to meet everyone, let alone cruise together before this life-changing coronavirus took control.  For many new members, summer of 2021 was their first club cruising experience.    It was so rewarding to see new friendships formed while warmly welcoming our newbies into the club.

As we move into fall, this unrelenting Covid, with its even more concerning Delta variant,  continues to impact our club gatherings.  The Board recently added a special meeting last week to look at when we might return to the clubhouse.  What we determined is:  We don’t know.  We need to continue to take this month by month, following CDC and local health guidelines.

The Board also discussed our upcoming September 14th Potluck, followed by a General Meeting, to be held outside at HJ Carroll Park in Chimacum (see page 5).  The consensus is we will move forward with this, with the request that all members attending be vaccinated, or test negative in the preceding 72 hours.   Home tests are available locally and are over the counter.  Masking (when not eating or drinking) and social distancing is highly recommended.

Following these precautions, we hope to see you at our first all-member gathering since February of 2020!  Take a look in the following pages for details of the potluck.  Hope to see you there!

cOMMODORE dEBBIE

 

 

 

2021 June Commodore Column: “The Good Old Summer Time!”

We’re off to a great start with Summer 2021 Club Cruising.   The Shakedown Cruise to Kingston and Port Ludlow was tons of fun.  New members added to the camaraderie and we had a few club land-cruisers stop by to join in.  Our last evening was spent around a roaring campfire, sipping libations, and playing a game of stacking giant Jenga blocks (with somewhat unsteady hands).  Many thanks to Jim & Susie Gorski and Steve & Maggie Smith for co-captaining the first club cruise of the season.

The Seattle Bell Harbor Cruise showed promising signs of life in the city and times before the pandemic.  We did find some storefronts boarded up, but restaurants are reopening with outside dining and limited indoor seating, and the Pike Street Public Market was alive and well.  New members Robert & Gail Chanpong were our cruise captains and deserve a big thank you!  It was nice to have free time to explore, shop and relax, and then socialize around an afternoon glass of wine before heading out to dine, or preparing a meal aboard our own boats.

Our next club cruise, June 28 – July 1st, is to Echo Bay at Sucia Island where Cruise Captains Tim & Alice Tibbals (with Bob and I as co-captains) are planning a rousing game of dinghy volleyball, along with some dinghy (or is it dingy?!) happy hours!  Of course there is so much to explore on Sucia Island, and if you have kayaks, be sure to bring them.

As long as you’re already at Sucia Island, continue on to our annual Reid Harbor Fourth of July celebration at Stuart Island (July 2 – 5).  Yours truly is captaining this cruise, with Co-Captains Duane & Houlton Madinger.  Our famous dinghy parade will happen once again, so be sure to bring July 4th decorations to adorn your dinghy and yourself. Prizes will be awarded!

Find more details about our Echo Bay and Reid Harbor Cruises, as well as the Anacortes,  Pleasant Harbor and Sequim cruises, on our website and Baggywrinkle Newsletter,

Back by popular demand, I’ll end my column with a recipe.  This Waffle Cookie recipe was requested by many at the Opening Day gathering at Port Hadlock.

Happy Summer Cruising!

Commodore Debbie