The Captain, always questing for new challenges, is teaching himself how to splice rope. He has moved on from joining - or splicing - one section of three strand rope to another. Now he is working on eight stand multiplait, which means keeping track of four pairs of stands, and weaving them into existing rope. He groans a lot.
We came north today to Sucia Island, just short of the Canadian border. On the horizon to the east are the North Cascades and Mount Baker. After Seattle and Port Townsend, it seems incredibly quiet.