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Old 08-21-2015, 08:09 PM   #61
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With resources like AC today finding fuel and a good marina should be pretty easy. Was the Panama Canal enjoyable?


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Old 08-21-2015, 08:25 PM   #62
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"Thrilling" but I wouldn't say "enjoyable". It was just an amazing experience. We also went to their center on ground although we didn't get the tour Bill Gates did. He took his family to see the inner workings of the canal for a vacation. But your first time through you'll definitely be a little tense regardless of how much you know you don't need to be. Just the size of the locks and the ships going through is staggering.

Here's a link to his family video.

http://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill...ma-Canal-Visit

The use of mules (equipment used on tracks beside the canal to control boats...not animals...lol) and the coordination. Just experiencing such an incredible structure for it's time. They were also finishing the new lock while we were there, the one to accommodate even larger boats. It's one of those things, if we were creating a bucket list, we would put on it.

We did use an agent for the canal. People will argue whether to do so or not, but we think it was worth it in making things so easy. Not only did he do everything connected to the canal, he got us a guide to see Panama City and he arranged transportation for our guests who flew in to meet us there. We happened to arrive in Panama City for Carnival. The guide also helped find us a place to watch without being in the madness.
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:49 PM   #63
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Listen to Marin, the entire west is on fire. Montana has over 100 fires in the west part of the state alone. The Upper Missouri River is feet below normal. Stay away from Seattle, the "Bluest Skies You Ever Seen are in Seattle" are no longer in Seattle, your too busy watching traffic etc. Move your boat to Mexico. There, they want to see you & your boat. Washington & California are out of wack from reality. Happy Trails.
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To B&B- Hummmm, Alaska's total population is under one million and five times larger than Texas. I am one of the lucky ones!!!

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Old 08-22-2015, 03:47 PM   #65
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To B&B- Hummmm, Alaska's total population is under one million and five times larger than Texas. I am one of the lucky ones!!!

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Wifey B: Yes, but it's.......shhhh...iv.....ering cold there today. 59 degrees I see and gale force system going to come through....

Meanwhile, 91 degrees here. Sunny. Probably a brief thunderstorm this afternoon but that's no problem.

I loved visiting Alaska. I can picture enjoying an escape to some areas there for a while. What I can't picture is me living there. Best we don't all want to live in the same place. Of course, I enjoyed Seattle. Even got into a snowball fight there.
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To B&B- Hummmm, Alaska's total population is under one million and five times larger than Texas. I am one of the lucky ones!!!

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Fact check.
Alaska is 2.5 times the size of Texas.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:02 PM   #67
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Fact check.
Alaska is 2.5 times the size of Texas.
Well...last I heard the Texans claimed the surveying was done in the summer and the heat made the surveyors tapes expand and they didn't account for it...that's where that extra 2.5 times came in....
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Wifey B: Is this where I should insert some comment about men and their exaggeration of size?

I mean like in fishing and things.
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Wifey B - Great funny. My eyeglasses tell me the fish is 2' long. I like that number!!
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:43 AM   #71
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Marin, I came to Seattle back in 1968 and it's a sure fact that things have changed around here since then. I would not suggest Seattle proper as a place to reside. The towns going crazy with growth and new office buildings popping up every day getting filled with a whole lot of people that make a lot of money and don't really produce anything. The place just doesn't seem "right". I would however suggest a ferry ride to the Kitsap peninsula via Bremerton and check things out on the west side of Puget Sound. Granted the Government in Washington state can surely be annoying and the overall stupidity is seamingly every where but there is nowhere more beautiful to boat than on Puget Sound and north to Canadian waters. Sure when winter hits it can rain a lot and feel gloomy so book a trip to Palm Springs and lay on a rock lizard style for a while. If your looking for a great place to hang out on a boat then this is it.

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I grew up in Hawaii and so have had more than my quota of blue sky and sun. One of the major attractions for me of the entire coast from Puget Sound on up through BC and SE Alaska is the overcast, rain, fog and snow. The more it rains the better I like it and both my wife and I really enjoy boating in the fog when we can. The rain and overcast make the fishing better and make the whole place more interesting. I've hated this summer with its endless string of 80 and 90 degree sunny days. My wife feels the same way and if it keeps up and becomes the new normal, which it's predicted to do as the climate continues to change, we will join the whales and the salmon and depart for more northern waters.
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Anybody remember the Lil Abner character Joe Btfsplk?
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As I see it the problem with the northwest and the Seattle area in particular is largely a consequence of the huge population growth. I notice it every time I go back. The place is stuffed with people from other places (Hawaii, Florida, California and abroad). I would move back in a minute if the population of Washington went back to the 2 million of my youth, when you seldom met anyone who wasn't from Washington, particularly outside of Seattle. If I do move back some day, I won't live in or near Seattle.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:58 PM   #76
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As I see it the problem with the northwest and the Seattle area in particular is largely a consequence of the huge population growth. I notice it every time I go back. The place is stuffed with people from other places (Hawaii, Florida, California and abroad). I would move back in a minute if the population of Washington went back to the 2 million of my youth, when you seldom met anyone who wasn't from Washington, particularly outside of Seattle. If I do move back some day, I won't live in or near Seattle.

We are also looking into the areas more Northern as have been suggested. The headline, for me anyway, is getting to live a board. I suspect most major cities are not what they use to be- but for some of us "country folk" it is still awesome . We were in Chicago in July- and other than the drive from Midway- found the city exceptionally clean, landscaped and beautiful. Patricia's uncle who we visited in Indiana while on our trip, would have preferred us to stay out of the "city" for safety's sake. But he hasn't been there in years. His opinion I suspect is hugely influenced by the evening news .

So.... if we landed in a live a board marina on Lake Union for a while I think I could dig that.
On our first trip to Seattle last September we took in a day and a half of the city prior to our cruise and enjoyed every moment. The seafood and flowers at Pike market were beyond anything we have found (Kemah has great Gulf fish markets) and it was refreshing to see the positive attitudes within the city. Like it or not, the area is loaded with great jobs (and great salaries I suspect) and that is the draw to the area along with the beautiful water that abounds for boating. Luckily not many of these new "folks" are boaters.
And for me- life is a compromise. My first choice would probably be Juneau. At least during the moderate months .



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Before you go to the expense of shipping the boat there, have you found a marina (to live aboard from) yet? I would tend to think finding a desirable place to moor ( that allows full time live aboard) would be of the first order. I know many places that are trying to close down or limit live aboards. Would be a bummer if you shipped the boat there and had to reside in the boondocks (as it were)
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Folivier- vaguely. I wasn't born till 1959 !
I'm about to google it. Thought the spelling was maybe wrong.


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