Neah Bay

As mentioned here and here, we stopped at Neah Bay to rest and let the weather settle to start our descent south of the US Pacific coast.

What was supposed to be a functional stop ended up being a surprisingly pleasant stay.

As Adriana mentioned on her previous post, Seattle lies at a large inlet called Puget Sound. The sound connects to the Pacific Ocean via a long straight channel called Strait of Juan de Fuca. At the end of this channel lies Neah Bay.

To us it seemed pretty much a charming fishing outpost, as well as a transient place for cruising craft. It is also an indian heritage preservation site.

Our passage across the Strait was wet and bumpy, but as soon as we arrived to Neah Bay, the weather started to settle. So much so that our days there were gloriously decorated by perfect deep blue skies, and breath-taking starry nights.

We spent the mornings homeschooling, then some paddling, with dinghy rides to the marina and small town in the afternoon.

Ideal conditions for paddling
Ideal conditions for paddling
Paulo honing his skills
Paulo honing his skills
Dinghy ride to the marina. Note our summer cruising attire.
Dinghy ride to the marina. Note the girls’ summer cruising attire.
Raquel is always the first one off the dinghy to help handle the lines
Raquel is always the first off the dinghy to help handle the lines
The fishing fleet at the marina
The fishing fleet at the marina
Yup, it is still summer here at the Pacific Northwest
Yup, it is still summer here at the Pacific Northwest
In front of the marina office, the kids decided to play parkour. Later Paulo confided in me that he was an avid practitioner at school (...)
In front of the marina office, the kids decided to play parkour. Later Paulo confided in me that he was an avid practitioner at school (…)
One example of the beautiful stylized Makah signs seen at town
One of the beautiful stylized Makah signs seen at town

 

Raquel enjoyed the Makah totem
Raquel enjoyed the Makah totem
A pensive moment for Paulo
A pensive moment for Paulo
Adriana seized the opportunity to teach some yoga to Raquel
Adriana seized the opportunity to teach Raquel some yoga
Fauna is rich there, small ...
Fauna is rich there, of the small …
... and large (this was the first Sea Lion of the trip by the way. Up to there, we had only seen Seals)
… and large kind (this was the first Sea Lion of the trip by the way. Up to there, all we had seen was Seals)
All cruising boats left on the first day, leaving the whole bay for Pesto
All cruising boats left on the first day, leaving the whole bay for Pesto

 

Neah Bay also marked a major moment of our journey … it was our stepping stone into the open sea. But that will be the subject of a different post.

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