Sea and be Scene

When you arrive at a place previously unknown you are a tourist, but when you arrive by boat you immediately become part of the scene.

As Jupiter concludes her marvelous sixth year exploring seas and seasons of the Pacific Northwest, her crew considers their many landfalls as some of their finest hours. Tiny coves, bays, inlets, and sculpin shorelines invite union and communion with whatever resident creatures are busy ignoring our arrival.

Floating docks, Provincial Parks, marinas, wharfs and waterfronts tied to outport camps, communities, towns or great cities crack open the isolation of days alone. An often cloistered crew finds voice where few dismiss those who arrive by water. Welcomes seem roundly warmer and more inquisitive in inverse proportion to the population of the place. The human need for contact, like the alternating current, runs deep and both ways.

Having navigated 2,300 miles this season, and 12,000 in Puget Sound, the Salish Sea, BC and Alaska, during past years, Jupiter’s crew serendipitously encounters friends afloat and ashore—an extended and growing community spread far and ferforth.

Companion Ship

Pace Setter

Scene Setters

Fellow mariners relish sharing where-froms and where-tos, anecdotes of boats and floats, encounters and occurrences, and newfound ports and passages. Long travelers become long winded, unspooling brief encounters into extended evenings sharing nourishment and merriment aboard one vessel or another.

Time Travelers


Crossing Wakes

Boat Buddies

Sea Sideshow

Marine Scene

Wearing a Waterfront

Exploration of the Pacific Northwest in one’s own boat is a pursuit so immensely compelling that it defies easy explanation. The vast and largely unpopulated mountainous mainlands and islands, the impatient hydraulic forces of rivers and tides, the dynamic weather and the vulnerability of vessels and their machinery provide opportunities for failure. The gratification, nevertheless, is mythological.

Jupiter’s crew is endowed daily by the natural world. Solitude and self-reliance bring awareness and perspective, and vividly juxtapose the pleasure of community, and the wisdom acquired from the people we encounter.

Caviar for Companions

It is King Salmon season. If your catch has eggs do not waste them. When making caviar avoid the use of metal utensils and treat your eggs with tender care.

Catch a big fish.

Gut and clean your salmon, preserving the roe.

Prepare a brine by dissolving ½ cup salt in 3 cups water, then cool.

With a sharp knife slice open the egg sac. Place into a sieve set into a bowl of warm – not hot – water, and gently tease out the eggs, pulling away and discarding the sac. Rinse the roe thoroughly.

Dip eggs, still nestled in their sieve, into brine for ten to fifteen minutes. Drain well. Coat lightly in mild olive oil and store in glass vessels. Serve fresh-chilled over eggs or cream cheese.

Something ’bout a boat
Sitting on the sea
Out there in the wind
Floating on the free
Take you around the world
Bring you back home
Gives a man hope
Something ’bout a boat

Jimmy Buffett 1946 ~ 2023
Jupiter is off to the boatyard for repairs, maintenance and beautification.
The crew is ashore for much of the same. Thank you for your company aboard.


  1. Gail Crosson says:

    Randy and Fiona, thank you so much for sharing your many adventures with us!
    Having spent two years living in a country that was so unlike my normal life, I know how difficult it is to truly describe the smells, the sounds, the people, the culture etc.
    You, however, with painted words ( some I had to look up🤣) and descriptions, allowed us to feel the wind and wet and waves.
    To glimpse the lonely, the community and the camaraderie.
    To see the breath of chill, the translucence of fog and the greenest of greens.
    To understand the calm and peace of isolation that isn’t really isolating if you feel and embrace the silence as companion.
    You have been gifted with an extraordinary life and in turn have graciously shared a bit with all of us. Thank you!

    I think I will make a twig boat and set it off in the “Warson Storm Water Creek. Not a great adventure but…..Who knows where it might go…..🤔

    Sent from my iPhone

    • It could be the best of adventures! Maybe it needs a little tracker like Jupiter so that we can see its journey.
      Thanks for your very kind words about our words. So glad to have you following along with our adventures.

  2. Sarah Cordeal says:

    Jupiters journal never fails to delight, inform and amaze the lucky reader. Once again, thanks for the care with which you share this wonderful adventure!

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