Well, we’ve been home almost a week and so I had better do my wrap-up of the trip. I had nothing but wifi problems after Nanaimo, so was not able to post anything at Sydney, but we spent a great day and night there. Sandpiper, Bumble Bee and then Miller’s Time all were there, too. Thursday nights the main street is shut down for a street market so we all went to that, then went to Simon and Yvonne’s most favorite Chinese restaurant in Canada. Well, we all pretty much decided that maybe they hadn’t gone to many in Canada because it was OK, but nothing like Louie Mike’s (Mandarin Kitchen) in Des Moines! But it was another night without cooking on the boat so it was fine with me!
We originally were going to clear Customs at Roche Harbor early Friday morning then cross the Straits of Juan de Fuca and stay at either Pt. Townsend or Pt. Ludlow but Sandpiper and Bumble Bee were going to go to Garrison Bay (adjacent to Roche) so we decided to do the same. Clearing customs at Roche was fine,but there was alot more security this year with almost all boat being boarded by officers to look for explosives, etc. We were asked to get off the boat and stay on the dock until they had searched everything. Gar was complimented on his clean and tidy engine room and lazerette, so he was happy. We cleared with no problems and headed to anchor in Garrison.
Friday the 13th – hmmmm… what can go wrong? Well, for Ken Bryant, on his way from Des Moines to Garrison it would be spinning a prop and going really slow, but eventually showing up. For Simon and Yvonne it might be their generator dying for a third, then fourth time on the trip. Yvonne liked to see it as a lucky day because we were rafted off of them and they were able to plug into us when we ran our generator.
Saturday morning around 7:15 we pulled out of Garrison Bay and started toward home. The Straits of Juan de Fuca were completely calm. Not even a swell. Gar was a cleaning maniac while I ran the boat. Considering that we were bucking the current we made really good time. We slowed down at Three Tree Point for our usual celebratory bottle of champagne and idled toward Des Moines, listening on the VHF radio about a boat burning off the Des Moines Marina.
After a windy and tricky docking at the yacht club dock, done masterfully by Garry, we tidied up a few things, walked home for about 10 minutes, then headed to Louie Mike’s for great Chinese food! Another tradition for us. We usually end up there with lots of our kids and/or friends but most were out of town and it was kinda nice just to be the two of us for one night.
Sunday was 10 loads of laundry, some grocery shopping, offloading the boat. Theresa and Jason came over in the evening so we could take them to dinner for her birthday (Happy 32nd!). Hadn’t seen her in 6 weeks so I was curious to see how much bigger she would be with the baby due in a couple weeks. Well, 6 weeks sure made a difference!
So now we are on baby watch. Due date is the 26th… could be happening any time, so I guess you know what I’ll be blogging about and posting on Facebook soon! Grandbaby pics of baby girl Mitchell!!!!! Stay tuned for that!