Velella's Drift

An account of Velella's voyage from Seattle to New York via Panama, 2009-2011

Jumping off point

After a couple of tense days in the washing-machine waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we arrived at noon to Neah Bay, a sheltered cove about 6nm inside Cape Flattery (where we hang a BIG left). Neah Bay is a salty fishing town on the Makah Indian Reservation, so salty you can’t even buy chicken at the grocery store. There are enormous whiskered sea lions playing loudly right in the middle of the harbor with the gulls–all of them scavenging for fish scraps from the incoming trawlers.

Neah Bay fishing boats

Neah Bay fishing boats

We had our first showers in days, a hot dinner of curry and veggies on rice, and Andrew’s special “deep-fried chocolate mussel ice cream” dessert. Our weather router advised that we shouldn’t try to make the run to Newport due to two cold fronts coming in on Thursday and Friday, so it looks like we’ll be here in Neah Bay for a few days. We’re looking forward to hiking, painting, writing, and sleeping a lot.

Velella at Neah Bay

Velella at Neah Bay

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