It's always an adventure when I go to Whittier. Friday morning I was getting ready to launch. As soon as I approached the ramp, I was approached by the gal I've seen working there for the last few years asking for the launch fee. Fine, no problem. My fenders and lines were set up on the port side and I told her that's the side I'd like to launch on. She seemed confused, but said ok but to just let her know before I launch. I followered her to the ramp and she and another worker told me I could use either of the two lanes (the ones closest to the break wall). So far so good. I start to back toward the ramp and decide that since it's low tide I need to walk down and see where the ramp ends. I walk down and the same gal asks where I'm going to launch. I tell here right here and point to one of the two lanes I was told I could launch at. She says "no no no you can't launch there" and I say you just said I could and she says "no no you can't" and again I say you just got through saying I could. Then she says "oh, yeah yeah yeah that's fine". I think if I'd told here the sky was blue she'd say it was otherwise. Geesh.
As I was coming back to the harbor after 3 days out I called the harbormaster to ask if the pumpout station was working. The one by the harbormaster office went out last year. It used to be free. So last year they said you had to use the city's pumpout station at the city dock and that it would cost $75 I believe. So when I asked her this time she said the city dock station could be used. I asked what the price was. After a long silence she said that her boss told her to tell me that it would be a nominal fee and that I would find out when I got to the station. I told her no thanks, I'll take care of it elsewhere. So how hard would it be for them to tell me the price? If they know it's a nominal fee, then they know or can find out what that nominal fee is. And what's nominal? $75?
But hey, the weekend and water was great and I just had to kind of laugh it all off. Just another day in Whittier on my way to/from someplace better.