Tate and Betsy got hitched

Tight squeeze coming through Wrangle Narrows:
Pulling a barge through Wrangle Narrows just South of Petersburg

So my short work season came to a close about a week ago. I got in one short 5 day trip up to southeast and back and then a 44 day trip hauling freight from Seattle up to Seward, Dillingham, Natnek, Bethel and Nome before I had to fly out of Seward on the return trip. I sure would have liked to work more this Summer, but this should be enough to last me for another season.

Dinner coming past Cape Spencer:
Dinner coming past Cape Spencer

Dan with a grizzly behind the barge in Natnek:
Dan with a grizzly behind the barge in Natnek

The last week has been a whirlwind of good times. Tiffany and I drove down to Oregon for my good friends Tate and Beth’s wedding. The wedding was at the house where Beth grew up outside of the small Siskiyou logging town of Powers. Mark and Kathy, Beth’s parents, have a phenomenal place that they fitted out beautifully for the wedding. Add the Foghorn Stringband, two great families and a great group of friends that couldn’t stand around 15 minutes without pickin and it made for an amazing party.

A bit of pickin before the wedding:
A bit of pickin before the wedding

Myself, Tiffany, Johnny, Alexis and Hoss before the wedding:
Myself, Tiffany, Johnny, Alexis and Hoss before the wedding

Tate and Betsy making their vows:
Tate and Betsy making their vows

Tate and Betsy taking over from the band at the reception:
Tate and Betsy taking over from the band at the reception

More pickin at the reception:
Tate and Betsy taking over from the band at the reception

After the wedding, we all took off for Tate and Beth’s place in Coos Bay for a couple more days of hanging out, cooking food, making music and hanging out on the beach. We tried to make it up the 101 on the way home, but with the rain and fog, we only made it up as far as Newport before heading back to I-5. I’m back up in Bellingham now. I’ll be splitting my time between here, Seattle and Spokane for the next couple of weeks until I start my STCW Basic Safety Training course on September 20th. That class will finish off my credentials for working internationally if an opportunity presents itself. Then October 3rd, I’ll be off to Hawaii for a week and then it’s on back to Fiji and Bodhran.

Hanging out at the beach at Coos Bay:
Hanging out at the beach at Coos Bay

2 Responses to “Tate and Betsy got hitched”

  1. Pete & Suzanne Evans says:

    Where are you going now??? Where’s your boat?

  2. michelle says:

    That looks like some kinda fun… from the grizzly to the asparagus on the grill (who knew you ate so elegantly at work?) to that amazing wedding!! everyone looks so happy — I don’t know Beth and Tate, but they sure look like they know how to have fun. There is nothing better than a many-day celebration around a wedding. And man you clean up NICE! Damn, boy, damn! Here’s a hug to you and Tiffany from almost-spring-like Whangarei…

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