I forgot to mention something very interesting about Saltspring Island (where Ganges is) that I observed when we left. Being one with nature is taken literally. At home I am known as Marina Lady with my binoculars. Well, they came in handy – on two separate beaches I observed nude men enjoying the morning in the sun. Good thing I was using my good binoculars! I can’t believe I forgot to mention this in my last post.
We are currently in Campbell River. After Telegraph Harbor we went into Nanaimo for the day and boy, was that place empty! Only two boats at the Cameron Island Marina. The main marina was 2/3 empty and we actually were able to get reciprocity on the Nanaimo Y.C. dock. We took the dinghy over to the main marina and walked up to the grocery store. They are tearing down most of that old mall area, but we did not hear what was going in, if anything. Then Gar decided to try to find a piece of PVC pipe to fix our water leak. People kept giving him directions to walk to a Home Depot type store or something, but by the time he found the place and walked back he had been gone 3 hours and had walked 5 miles. His little tootsies were tired that night!
Weather and wind predictions for the Straits of Georgia were favorable for Tuesday morning, so we left at 5:30. It started out as completely calm, not a ripple in the water, and for our 8 hour trip the worse water we had was 1-2 footers and 10-15 mps winds. A really good ride to Campell River.
But the electrical gremlins strike again! Our bow thruster would not work when docking, against the current and against the wind. It got creative but we got successfully tied up. It looks like there might be staffing budget cutbacks here because no one was on the dock to help like they have done in the past. It is also pretty empty here compared to past years – especially considering that Friday is Canada day.
After getting situated and trying to figure out the bow thruster problem we got walking directions to NAPA (only 20 minutes away) but found out they don’t have the part we need. The had their nice young female parts runner drive us to another parts place, but they didn’t have it either. She then delivered me back to the boat along with some supplies we bought. Gar walked back trying to find a pvc fitting to go with the pvc pipe he bought in Nanaimo. PVC is hard to find here!
After thinking through the problem all night Gar realized that the bow thruster problem was not what he thought it was. Actually, I found a wiring diagram on-line and it explained something that we think clarified the problem. So, we lucked out and didn’t need a part flown in. We hope. It works fine while we are on the dock. We just need it to work while docking!
I just spent a very frustrating 45 minutes on-line chatting with Comcast. I was trying to get them to discontinue our voice mail while we are gone, but after being transferred 3 times they said they needed to talk to Garry (he wasn’t here and how would they know it is him on-line?) and then they said they could only do it if we were calling from our home number and it was Garry talking. Amazing that I am the one that adds all the features, stands in line for the dvrs when ours breaks, pays the bill, knows the password but can’t stop voice mail for 7 weeks. So much for customer satisfaction!!!! As Theresa would say, grrrrrrrrrrrr.
There has been a 2 week postal strike here that ended yesterday (the government stepped in made them go back to work.) Good thing! We accidentally left Nanaimo with the magnetic gate key they gave us. There is a $20 charge for not returning it, but they said I could mail it to them. The people here at the marina gave me a stamp, I had an envelope and they mailed it for me today. Good customer service from them!
We are leaving here tomorrow and will probably not have internet until next weekend or so.. possibly the occasional phone signal, but probably by Sunday or Monday will be in Ramsey Arm where you are lucky just to get VHF radio reception.
Have a great 4th of July holiday. We will celebrate Canada Day Friday somewhere and the 4th in Ramsey Arm.