Sunrise from Boathaven marina, Port Townsend.
The Sea Bear is in a slip in Port Townsend, tucked in for the winter while I'm going to school in nearby Port Hadlock. Speaking of which, school is going great. The curriculum is fantastic, the tools, equipment and facilities are top notch, and most importantly, the instructors all really care about what they are doing. So far, I'm very impressed.
I have been working on the next episode of Sailing The Sea Bear sporadically. Basically, since I started school, life has been pretty hectic. For the first three weeks, I tried living on the hook, anchored out in front of the school. It was a short dinghy ride to the public dock, conveniently located next to the school. Life was pretty good, until a round of storms blew down from Alaska in the third week. After witnessing the conditions in the anchorage, I decided that I need to get the Sea Bear in to a slip. While in the process of making this decision, I learned of a classmate who couldn't find housing. Port Townsend is in the middle of a housing crisis/shortage. My classmate, his pregnant wife and two small kids were going to be living in their car. I invited them to stay aboard in the V-berth while they looked for a house. After a week of not finding a place to live, things started to get a little crowded on the Sea Bear. Not only was it two adults and two children, but it was also two dogs, two cats and a snake. No kidding. Long story short, my brother Damian volunteered to drive my small travel trailer up here from his house. I took all of my spare boat stuff out of the trailer and put it into a storage unit the family rented. Now they are staying in the travel trailer, set up in a nice RV park in town. Hopefully they can find a more permanent place before winter really sets in. For now things are quite onboard. I have semi-stable internet access for the first time in a long time. I've run out of excuses and distractions. Time to get some editing done.