We'd boated in the northwest since 2000. We progressed through a series of little boats before finally getting our dream boat in 2018. Named for Fred's mom, the Anita Marie was a slow-moving, comfortable sea-worthy boat that I absolutely adored. We planned to take her to Alaska.
The comfort was a treat after our tiny boats that fit on docks where normal boats put their dingys. Like when we went to the stunning Canadian Broughtons.
We made a few trips, including a repeat visit to BC's beautiful Desolation Sound. But rather than continue on to Northern BC and Alaska, we were unable to go north at all during Covid. By this time we'd fallen in love with Arizona and done the math on how much it cost per night to travel on the boat. (Hint: Check prices for the Four Seasons Scottsdale, a five star hotel.) Oops. That did it, we needed to let it go.
We sold our boat in August 2023. And it still makes my stomach hurt to think about it. That's how much I loved the boat and exploring northwest waters in her. But we simply had to choose between Washington and Arizona. You know which one won.