Sep 01 2008
September 1st: A “rough & boisterous” non-stop, four-day passage bucking southerlies the full length of the Inside Passage, brought Westward from Ketchikan to Seattle—–and alongside the Historic Vessel Pier at Lake Union at 1400 hrs sharp 30th August 2008.
19 months & 21,500 miles since our departure in February, 2007.
The highlight of our warm reception was the appearance of the Madsen family, with our two delightful granddaughters, awaiting us at Government Locks—–where Westward (flying flags of all the counties we visited & signal flags announcing “Arriving from Japan”) was lifted-up from sea-level to the higher elevation & fresh water of the lakes that divide Seattle. Our able shipmates did a pier-head jump just inside the Locks (headed home to harvest ripening grapes at Whaler Vineyard) and the Madsen’s came aboard for the final leg, under two drawbridges, into Lake Union.
All continues well aboard