After spending a couple of days atat Dockt to organize things on the boat and just enjoy time a anchor I headed to Gig Harbor. As there was little to no wind I motored the entire way.
Gig Harbor was another favorite stop when I was growing up and sailing with my folks. Gig Harbor has gone from small village to a location filled with mega-mansions, many large yachts and and high-priced ‘tourist-trapy’. I like to visit as it was a good location to re-provision as there WAS a Safeway just a few blocks from the public dock (Jerisich Dock).
Well … how things have changed. I arrived with the plan to get groceries and then tie up to one of the two free buoys next to Jerisich Dock. That plan quickly came to an end when I found the Safeway is closed! Like most people these days I checked my phone and the closest grocery store is now almost 3 miles away!! You can guess the few ‘sailor words’ I used upon finding out these facts.
I know there is public bus service so I walked to the bus stop near where Safeway was located to see the schedule. No luck as the local punks have removed the schedule board – more choice sailor words.
Needing food I walked, yes walked, to the new Safeway location (it is located in a big mall development on Highway 16). To make this even more fun the walk was uphill!
After shopping, and using the wifi, I walked back to the boat disappointed in Gig Harbor which is now a GO ONLY IF YOU MUST location.