We left Gig Harbor and made our way towards the Narrows bridge.
Steve T is a bridge designer, who has worked on brides all over the world. He gets a bit wistful when he sees one!
Steve T takes a picture of Steve S and me. I'm holding Steve T's beer, honest! No drinking when driving Mahalo. We so lucked out with the weather. T-shirts in mid October?
In fact, we drove the boat from the flybridge for several hours per day. First time I have done this. I even anchored from the flybridge for the first time.
The guys were pretty enamored with the whole area and were using the RedFin app to view home prices all over Gig Harbor. We found this cool one in an awesome bay. From above, it is shaped like an "S." Perfect for one of them, right?
And another first, PWC'ers using Mahalo's wake! That was a trip.
The South (Puget) Sound is so lovely. I think it is prettier than the San Juans. Certainly much less crowded. You hear chatter on Channel 16 about 3 or 4 times per DAY. Amazing. Always in the company of our beautiful Mt. Rainier.
We anchored in a gorgeous cove off of Carr Inlet. Several people kayaked and paddle boarded over to Mahalo to say hi and "beautiful boat!" I could resist going out for a pedal/paddle myself. The guys had wanted to make one of the dinners so I obliged them and just enjoyed being out on the water.
Bracioli! It's a stuffed pork dish. Perfect way to end the cruise.
And a picture perfect sunset. I called out to this gal "thanks for making my picture!"
The next day's run back to Bainbridge home base was uneventful. Bit windy though, 12-15 on the nose. Docked, did some cleanup, and ran the guys over to the ferry so they could head to Sea-Tac and home. A great trip and I was glad to be able to show old friends what life here, and particularly boating life, is all about.