Wherever she went, it seems, folks wanted to know more about her. Thanks to those who found posts about her here on the Bent, and the Ship's Blog, just up the bay in Shilshole Marina, we know some of the places she's been. You can probably use your imagination (and Google maps) to fill in the blanks in the itinerary. Really, let it run wild, I did:
Cabo San Lucas in late April; Ft. Lauderdale in early May; Amador, Panama (at the entrance to the canal) shortly thereafter; jump to Venice in late June; Split, Croatia in early July; Naxos, Rhodes, Lindos, and Symi, Greece through mid-August; Civitavecchia, Italy in late August; then back to Rybovich Marina in Riviera Beach, Florida the first week of December; St. Thomas V.I. by mid-month; then Falmouth Harbour, Antigua just after the new year. (Thanks, folks, for the comments. They make this whole thing work.)
But as beautiful as those destinations must be, Laurel couldn't have looked any more lovely anywhere than she did slowly cruising Alki on this rainy Saturday morning, before she anchored off Salty's. After a trip like that, the folks on board were probably ready to enjoy some Northwestern soul food and see what Sommelier Tim O'Brien (Washington Wine Commission's Sommelier of the Year 2006) was pouring for St. Patrick's Day.