We started boating in 2001 and since then I've been tantalized by the wildlife. Being a bit neurotic, without photo evidence, the sightings aren't nearly as pleasurable. Last year I bought a longer lens for the camera, though I'm already finding that for wildlife, the lens can never be too long. That's why you see people carrying cameras that require tripods for the LENS. In fact, my lens requires a tripod mount which I refuse to use as it makes me look geeky and a bit photographically pompous. But the blurry results I get may change my mind. But on a boat, a tripod really doesn't matter much.
I didn't know pelicans came through Anacortes. The Mouflon Sheep are on Spieden Island. They're remainders the many exotic animals imported for safari adventures in the 70's. The enterprising guy who owned the (smallish) island also owned a taxidermy in Seattle. The shooting stopped and hotel shut down when the people on nearby San Juan Island felt endangered.
We're off to a good start of the boating season this year, having already gone on three trips. The first couple were for shrimping and to check out all the improvements we've made to the boat.
The big one was last weekend, when we attended the annual C-Dory gathering in Friday Harbor. We do the usual stuff, eat, chat, compare stories. We do not, however, keep up with other boat gatherings in the area of drunken antics. No one seems to mind that we can't or won't try to be rowdier. I mean really, do these look like party boats to you? Doesn't mean we don't have fun.