Jan Returns after a Sad Visit to Bremerton

Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, Panama

I flew out of Panama City on Wednesday, October 28, to be with my family. We had a lovely memorial service for my Uncle Bob at his home, and all of the cousins and their children were there for a feed, a glass of wine, and a toast to a good man who led a good life. He will be missed.

The rest of the time spent in Bremerton involved the typical cruiser’s scavenger hunt for stuff that you just can’t find easily here, so relying on the kindness of my sister and her husband, I was able to turn my one suitcase into three bags for the return trip. I also spent some time with Dale and Linda Bixler on their 49 DeFever RPH El Capitan, dining on self-caught salmon, smoked and steaked, and drinking way too much wine. I was also able to visit my friend Judie in the hospital, something I was so glad to have done. The last evening at my sister’s involved a sweet surprise – birthday cake and cards a week early; and on Wednesday, November 4, I met up with friends Suzanne, Fred and Randy at 13 Coins by the Seattle Airport for a good catch-up.

When I got back to the boat, Ole immediately began racking up the husband points by carrying all of the bags (72 pouches of cat food, wrenches, batteries, wine glasses, bronze wool, fuel filters, paint brushes, and PassageMaker magazines) back to the boat, then dancing around like a little kid at Christmas while I unpacked. I must say, the boat looks good!

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