And so here we are again. At the beginning of June, despite the long to-do lists and hard goodbye's, DogBark! pulled away from the dock in Port Townsend and pointed her bow north. Leading up to the departure, our focus was on the unfamiliar characteristics and additional dangers of the icy waters of the northwest passage. It wasn't until we dropped the anchor off of Cabbage Island, in the Canadian Gulf Islands, and shut off the engine, when the peaceful stillness of uninterrupted nature enveloped us, that it hit me. Before we reach the ice, before we are in unknown waters, before it is shockingly cold and light for 24 hours a day, we get to explore some of our favorite places. We get to cruise the inside passage again.