It's great to see pictures from the stomping grounds of my youth! I was born and raised in Puyallup, graduated from college in Bellingham, taught school in Tacoma and Forks, worked most of my adult life in Idaho and since retirement (although I've gone back to work) now live near Corpus Christi in Texas. Having a boat of some form or another has been a big part of my life for decades. I have an older brother and his wife who are involved with the South Sound Kayakers out of Tacoma. So your pictures brought back some very good memories.
Here's a couple of pictures I've included from this area. If you ever need to get out of the PNW drizzle during the winter, you may want to consider the coastal bend area of Texas. There are hundreds of miles of bays, channels and inlets protected by the barrier islands all along the coast. The fall, winter and spring times are great for kayaking. I don't recommend the summer unless you've been down here long enough to climatize to the heat. Thanks for sharing your pictures from that very beautiful part of the country.
An Oil Rig tender returning to port from the Gulf of Mexico.
The dorsal fin of a male dolphin breaks the surface of the water near Ingleside, Texas.
A face off between a Hobie Oasis and the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi Bay. Who do you think will win?
Approaching the 155 year old Lydia Ann Channel Lighthouse. This beautiful relic was nearly destroyed during the civil war to keep the Union troops from using it to spy on the Confederate Army.