23 March 2011


 We spent about an hour watching what we thought were 2 separate events this morning.  There were huge plumes of dark black smoke just outside this photo that appeared to be from a large fire on Whidbey Island.  We were more interested in this ferry that was circling in the water, as well as the Coast Guard helicopter you can see at the top of the picture.  There was also a smaller Coast Guard boat that I couldn't catch at the same time as the ferry and chopper.  We see many shipping boats and an occasional naval vessel pass by, but since we never see a ferry, we assumed this was some sort of safety drill but come to find out the smoke and all this excitement were all tied together and it wasn't a drill at all.

You can read the story about the man who was saved, uninjured, from his burning boat that eventually sank here.

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