Recently I went on an adventurous boat ride with a friend in the waters around Anacortes, the San Juans archipelago, and under the Deception Pass Bridge in scenic Washington State. For most of this trip, the waves in Puget Sound were bigger than the boat, but we went slow while enjoying the scenery, the sun and misty air while heading for the Deception Pass Bridge. Deception Pass is a dramatic seascape where the tidal flow and whirlpools beneath the high twin bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island move very quickly. During low tides, the swift current can lead to standing waves, large whirlpools, and roiling eddies. Nature tends to show off a bit in this region of big, beautiful water, islands, and towering bridges. I have even seen seals catching salmon there, while people watched from high above on the bridge.
We made our way under the bridge at low tide. It was exciting tasting the salty sea air while bouncing through the choppy waves. I was surprised how many fish I could spot on the fish-finder as we navigated through the water. While passing under the bridge I took pictures, like many others have, of the dramatic span of the twin arches high above, seemingly providing this moving, watering landscape with a frame in which to showcase it. This day and adventure is etched in my mind, causing me to want greater boating adventures to come.
Recently I got a job at Cap Sante Boat Haven to film and produce a promo video for the upcoming Seattle Boat Show. For months, I got to hang around the marina and boats. I soon realized it was more than just any job. I was smitten by the beauty of the boats of all kinds - sailboats, trawlers, and tugs - both pleasure and working boats - venturing far out into the Pacific for pleasure or to bring in fresh fish and crab.
I love to look at the name of boats and imagine where they have been and where they are going. For example, a sailboat named “Mast Hysteria,” a Nordic Tug named “Thor,” a Trawler bearing the name of “Mistral,” and a fishing vessel with the name of “Got Fish”! To me, these titled boats are equally entertaining and telling as they venture far and wide in the northern Pacific. I can now imagine the wonderful adventures of pleasure cruising our islands and waterways - and going out at all times of the year to make a living from the sea.
I finished the promotional video for the extraordinarily beautiful Cap Sante Boat Haven, and all its amenities for guest boaters just in time for the Seattle Boat Show.
You can view it here if you like: http://youtu.be/qoZSffDS69U
See you on the water! Laurie Lyon