I had heard so many pronunciations of this town's name, that I asked the barista what was proper. 'Paul's Bow' is more correct than the 'Pools Bow' that I had been using.
Sunday morning we pulled anchor, and Al is once again motivated to install a wash-down pump -- sooner rather than later. At least it is better than the wormy mud of Henderson Inlet, but Al's feet are all wet and his shoulders are aching from the many buckets it takes to rinse the goo from 150 feet of chain.
Al had been looking forward to visiting the submarine museum at Keyport. That was our destination for Sunday, with plan to stop again at Illahee State Park for the night. However, the guest dock at Keyport was occupied. We WILL come back again on our way north, late September or early October.
It's only 11:00, so on we go past Illahee. We usually just like to travel no more than 4 hours when we are on the move, so we had talked about several stops on our way south to Olympia -- Illahee on Sunday, Blake Island on Monday (expecting turnover), perhaps Gig Harbor, then Eagle Island. BUT, it was way too early to stop at Illahee, and Al didn't want to be at that dock with the parade of boats going by, and Blake was FULL.
I checked the tides and currents and saw that it would be favorable for us to go through the Tacoma Narrows if we chose to do so. Al said 'Let's do it!' I wondered, since we would be passing through near the 'max flood', whether we might exceed 10 knots. The book said max flood would be a 3.8 knot current, added to our normal cruising speed of about 6 knots. It would be close, but Al was doubtful....watch our SOG (Speed Over Ground) grow!