I came home to find us in the midst of a heat wave. It's been over 100 degrees every day with no end in sight. By contrast, the places I just returned from have beautiful weather: cool, breezy, and damp.
When I arrived in the area I couldn't help but notice the maritime theme woven into every part of life there. Anacortes was a ship-building town, for instance. Every antique shop is packed with nautical tchotchkes.
Here's a paddle boat converted into a museum in Anacortes.
And here's a pretty boat on a river in Seattle. I took this shot while we waited for the drawbridge to open.
And while I was in Coupeville, I saw a tall ship and realized that it was the one that my friend works on, the Hawaiian Chieftain.
He took me onboard and gave me a tour. It's a beautiful ship and sails fairly often under sail power with the help of a skilled crew.