Sunday, September 13, 2009

Seattle Part 2 - On the Puget Sound

When we were in the Seattle area I took over 500 photos, and have many that I love, but I wasn't sure anyone wanted to see them, lol, so I decided to show you just one more adventure we had this weekend. At least for now, anyway.

As you might know, I am an Alaskan. I was born in Homer, AK, which is on the Kenai peninsula. At the time, my mama was an Alaskan transplant, having moved up to live with an Aunt after high school. But my daddy was born and raised in Alaska. One of his first homes was across the Katchimak Bay on one of those houses on stilts that hangs out over the water. In fact, he's told me stories about one of their decks, and how it didn't have any fencing around it, yet he or one of his 6 siblings would be out there making tacks with a tricycle all over it. As a parent now, I can't imagine even thinking about letting an itty bitty kid on a wheeled vehicle on a deck hanging out over the ocean, but I guess that's why they call it "in the old days", lol.

Anyway, he was born and raised near the ocean. The ocean and boats are his first love. He ran a tug boat business while I was small, but in the '80's he sold it and for many years now he's been a boat pilot. He navigates these huge boats from Washington to Anchorage, where their cargo is most consumable goods for Alaskans, like milk and veggies, clothing, cars, etc.

For the past few years he's been busy building a boat from scratch. He bought this old boat, and has been basically rebuilding it from the hull up. And by building it I mean everything from the bottom up. He's an amazing craftsman.

I've been hearing about this boat, seeing pictures, but it wasn't until last weekend that I had a chance to go for a ride on it. Oh how it brought back memories of my childhood. It made me want to go to Alaska. It made Steve want to move to Sequim. We loved the ride, as did the kids.

The boat is called Necessity Cove. It's basic meaning is about taking care of yourself and doing something for you, something you love. Your own little shelter from the storm. I'm so glad he has it. He LOVES to be out on the boat.

I was still toting around my 50mm no lens camera, so this was the only full boat shot I got. We were walking around on this narrow dock, so I was as far away as I could get without stepping in the ocean, lol.

When we first got on the boat, while we were waiting for them to untie and get it ready for a cruise, the girls were busy being monsters or lions or something. My little princesses aren't much for girlie noises. They'd rather growl, lol.

Luckily, Morgan got over it quickly.

This is my daddy. The David half of the Davinie name, lol. He was just pushing the boat away from the dock before we took off when I snapped this shot. The boats are stacked fairly tightly and his boat was between two other boats.
Steve was excited and busy helping too. It was raining on and off and he was ready for it in his slicker.

Payton doesn't like loud noises. We can't even visit a public restroom without her having a bit of a panic about the flush. So she was nervous and ready when it came time to start the engine. Luckily for all of us, it wasn't as loud as she was fearing.

As we headed out, I handed the camera to Steve so he could get a photo of me with the girls, sitting out front. He even got my daddy in the photo. Good boy.
At this point I should mention that I have officially decided to change my hair color. It seems like every time I get in a photo, I'm overdue for a cut and color, lol. Dang those roots. We are going for less chunks of blond this time, and I'm going to do better about scheduling my next appointment. I always wait until I can't stand it, and then my girl is busy and I'm three weeks out. That would be the case for this time. I wanted my hair done before we left for our trip, but alas, she couldn't fit me in until the 15th. sheesh.

As I've mentioned... me. 50mm lens. That's it. So when we were in the house, I couldn't stand there and take photos of the girls getting a turn at the wheel. What I did was hold my camera out and up to the right, and just snapped away, hoping for the best. I think I took at least 50 photos, turning the camera a little each time.

Payton was very focused on her turn.

I included this one because it cracks me up. She makes this face all the time and I don't know where she gets it from, but it always makes us laugh when she does it.

I liked this one. I liked seeing her hands there.

I liked this one too, even though it's off. My dad was so focused he didn't even notice me over there, but the girls did!

On our way back to the dock after an hour or so on the water I was able to get a photo of my uncle's boat, which is moored in front of my daddy's boat. He says his is much better, but I don't know. I'm partial because it's my daddy's boat and therefore the boat I get to ride on, but I think my dad has done an amazing job building his dream boat.

I love Morgan's legs in this one. She cracks me up.
This boat may seem big, maybe not. But it has the main area where you steer, etc. But there's also stairs to the below deck area, where there is a galley for eating, and there is also a separate living quarters with it's own bathroom. It's perfect for my dad and stepmom, and they've taken it for "cruises" up and down the sound, a few days at a time. They just love it and I'm happy they have it. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of that part. He's also still working on the details, so it isn't all finished yet.

I can't wait to go on another ride! Steve wants to go fishing next time. I just want to ride and feel the salt water breeze.

Thanks for taking a peek! Davinie


  1. FAbulous photos and my daughter loves Alaska too (they were stationed there for 6 years). So wonderful your Dad has this to enjoy and occupy his time!

  2. Ooh, saltwater fishing. Man, I'd love that! Unfortunately the DH isn't really a fisherman and I can't see me leaving him on shore with the monsters while I go play! Some day... the boat looks great! I've never seen pics of it, last I saw were blueprints and color chips!

  3. Jennifer.T5:20 PM

    I wish my dad had a boat lol how cool is that?
    Incidentally my daughter hates loud sounds too, hair dryers, vacuums, hand dryers in public bathrooms, you name it she freaks out!
    I love that you had such a great time in your trip :)

  4. oh, that is SO fun. man, these 2 latest posts make me miss seattle something fierce.
    we are still trying our hardest to get back eventually. can't wait to see how you scrap these photos! xo

  5. Hi Davinie. I have been reading your blog for awhile now & decided to comment. I just realised that your husband is a fireman, loves camping & fishing, so is mine and he loves those things too!!!
    Plus your Dad has built a boat, my Dad is hugely into boats & just bought himself a sailing boat!!
    I also love your work!! So inspiring!!!
    Such fun reading your posts.
    Can't wait to see your LO's.

  6. Oh how this made me miss Maine and the salt air blowing through my hair. Just like you I grew up on boats and it's such a special thing to share with your kiddos! Hope you are having a great time with your kit, I can't wait to see what you come up with!