No not Des Moines, Iowa....... Washington State. It's the port closest to SEATAC and a convenient place to exchange crew. We arrived at1PM and the friendly folks at the City of Des Moines really made us feel at home. After sprucing up the boat, and saying goodbye to Jan, Jerry and Justin, the City folks drove them to SEATAC for their flight home to Burbank airport.
The new crew arrived on Wednesday from San Luis Obispo. These "SLO" folks are fast poker players and rugged trail riders who like the western life. They also like to boat. Vince and Marianne Fonte are Alaska Cruise veterans who have crewed on Wild Blue for several years. Except maybe for that the storm off the southern end of Prince Of Wales Island in 2008, they have mostly fond memories of their cruising and continue to volunteer as crew year after year. Marvin Dee and Nancy are also joining the Fonte's and us this year for the South Puget Sound Cruise. We'll get going tomorrow.