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Our last morning aboard Schooner Zodiac for the Spirits and Seafood Cruise started with a big breakfast including French toast, hash browns, breakfast sausage patties, cereals, juice, coffee and tea. A cloudy and chilly day greeted us once we ventured out on deck, but the wind was calm and once the anchor was raised Zodiac was motoring out of Shaw Island’s Reid Harbor.
Passengers and crew were bundled up and hoping to view orcas and porpoises as we cruised back towards Zodiac’s dock next to the Alaska Ferry Terminal in Fairhaven, Washington.
As the clock stuck noon the sun started peaking out from behind the clouds and Captain Tim Mehrer asked one of our fellow passengers what she thought about raising the sails one last time on our cruise. As she was in agreement, we all sprang into action and got to work… breaking a sweat as we hauled away to raise Zodiac’s impressive sails.
Surprise! Crew member Jacki announced that a tender would be lowered and a few passengers at a time could take a ride around Schooner Zodiac in order to take photos. Of course we jumped all over this opportunity and snapped photo after photo as we circled around the schooner – indeed, she was quite the sight to behold!
The lunch bell rang out at 1:50 pm and everyone feasted on one conclusive meal – pasta with braised beef and sausage, leftover paella, coleslaw, and turkey, ham and cheese wraps.
At 2:30 pm the sails were dropped and secured while Schooner Zodiac motored into Bellingham Bay.
We caught our final glimpse of Mt. Baker before docking in Fairhaven and disembarking Schooner Zodiac for the last time… at least on this trip.
Our 4-day Spirits and Seafood cruise in the San Juan Islands aboard Schooner Zodiac had sadly come to an end. No way were we ready to disembark. We were just getting into the groove and feeling somewhat comfortable at our sailing stations. We still had so much more to learn and see and do… Guess that just means we need to return again soon for another Schooner Zodiac cruise!
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