Vitamin D is important. Indeed, WebMD says that "[r]esearch suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis." Vitamin D deficiencies are a serious health issue, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, where high latitudes and gray skies conspire to limit exposure to an essential source of Vitamin D, the sun. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiencies include a weaker immune system, fatigue, depression, and cognitive impairment.
Let's talk about cognitive impairment for a second. Anybody who has lived in the Pacific Northwest knows not to trust the weatherman. And yet, in spite of all experience, all knowledge, all reason, after a solid month of rain, when the weatherman predicts a day or two of sunshine with 10-15kts of wind, a person suffering from the cognitive impairment of a Vitamin D deficiency will choose to believe it and decide to go sailing.
|At the guest dock.|
After a lingering over a vegetarian quiche and hot mocha, I began to doubt the whole fog thing. It was not any warmer outside yet, but the sun was definitely in the sky and there was no sign of impending water vapor doom. The wind still had not bothered to make itself felt, and honestly, in the back of my head, I knew that despite the forecast, it wasn't going to start gusting anytime soon. Still a sunny day out on the water in November is not something to be turned down, even if it means cruising around under power. So I hopped into Solitude, putted over to the fuel dock to top up my 1 1/4 gallon gas can, and pointed her nose toward the saltwater, full steam ahead.
After leaving the Snohomish River, I pointed Solitude's nose NW. About an hour and a 1/4 gallon of gas later, I was found myself just off of the north end of Hat Island. I had considered simply circumnavigating tiny Hat Island, but decided that there was not reason not to keep going. A quick look at the map assured me that I could reach the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, run ashore, grab a bite to eat, and still make it back to the boat ramp before sunset (an important consideration, seeing as how I still haven't wired my nav lights). So, onwards!
|The Langley boat basin.|
I would have liked to stay longer and explore the town some more, but it was time to get back to the boat in order to get home before sundown. Langley will definitely be the destination of a summertime overnight cruise in the future.
|South end of Camano Island|
|South end of Hat Island. Hat Island is also named |
Gedney Island, but nobody calls it that.
What a great day. Yes, it would have been nice to sail, but you take what you can get this time of year. And what I got was awesome!