On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

I hope this post finds you well.  I’m finally getting finished with some post-trip duties and will have some more time to post some neat content this week and next.

Later today, keep a look out for my “trailside/emergency canning” post. It’s a simple thing that can help preserve food or keep waterproof important things in a pinch.

Later in the week, I will share some chile roasting, cleaning, and freezing as well as some jalapeno canning. Mushroom posts TBD.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!


Today, pictures from valued commenter Mike J.


Had an extra crew member show up for our Wednesday night race.

Taken on 2019-08-07 00:00:00

Tacoma harbor

We race with the Corinthian Yacht Club of Tacoma every Wednesday night. Corinthian racing means everyone is an amateur, and good sportsmanship is the primary rule.

Taken on 2019-08-07 00:00:00

Tacoma harbor

Sea lions swarm the barges outside the marina in early spring, but they’ve moved on. Harbor seals don’t stay out in the harbor, they enjoy the sun warmed walkways. Dozens of seals with their pups hang out and wait for the tide when fishing is best.

Taken on 2019-08-07 00:00:00

Tacoma harbor

Harbor seals can dive up to 1500 feet (which is good in 900’+ Puget Sound) and stay under up to 40 minutes. They weigh up to about 300 pounds, which is puny compared to the sea lions, but still a good sized mammal. They also don’t follow you for days “just asking questions.”

Taken on 2019-08-07 00:00:00

Tacoma harbor

This seal had no fear of us at all, but when we got on the boat and started making noise, she decided she liked sleeping better than sailing.


Thank you so much Mike J, do send us more when you can.


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7 replies
  1. 1
    arrieve says:

    A “good-sized mammal” indeed! That flipper is pretty formidable.

  2. 2
    Scuffletuffle says:

    So, my body shape is found in nature after all. I’m telling my doctor to go pound sand next time she says I need to lose weight…

  3. 3
    JPL says:

    How nice to have a cheerleader.

  4. 4
    mrmoshpotato says:

    They also don’t follow you for days “just asking questions.”


  5. 5
    rikyrah says:

    I got a question….
    they do get themselves back into the water, or does a human have to help them?

  6. 6
    Yutsano says:


    @rikyrah: Oh seals are surprisingly nimble on land. She’s just enjoying the sun and being lazy.

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