2009 got off to a bang with fireworks on frozen Long Lake in Jen’s hometown of Willow, Alaska. From there the year just got more exciting.
In March, we bought a sailboat, a 2004 Hunter 356. We named it Iguazu after the waterfalls where we got engaged. Our first sail took us from Seattle’s Lake Union to Anacortes, the boat’s new home and a great place from which to explore the San Juan Islands. Making the trip through the Ballard Locks with our new purchase was nerve-racking, but the boat made the passage unscathed.
Except for trips to San Francisco, Alaska for Jen and D.C. for Jake, we spent nearly every weekend on the boat. Iguazu became a weekly respite from our jobs (although, Jake figured out how to watch KIRO on the boat). We even took our summer vacation on it, doing a week-long exploration of Canada’s Gulf Islands. Despite seeing all sorts of sea life--including starfish, seals, sea lions and all manner of birds--orcas alluded us until July, when we finally caught up with them.
The biggest news of our year arrived on October 21st. Willow is now closing in on three months old, delighting us with her smiles and new-found ability to sleep all night!