I don’t know for sure what it is doing at home, but we have had rain, rain and more rain. There is the occasional sun break, or cloudy day, but we have never seen it rain this much. The good news is that there is very little wind.
We left Cordero Lodge – Sandpiper headed on up the Johnstone Straits since the water was good. We went to Sydney Bay to say hi to Helen and Dane. Their puppy is huge! They were getting ready to celebrate Helen’s 80th birthday the next day. After a quiet night there, we left at 5:15 a.m. the next morning and headed up to meet Sandpiper. The straits were nice and calm and we arrived in Pt. Harvey by 10:00; rendezvoused with Sandpiper and headed to Minstrel Island. Of course, the scary, mean Canadian from 2 years ago was there on his Mainship. We chose to totally ignore him. We were all invisible to each other for 2 days. Guess we showed him!
Yvonne and I hiked the furthest we have ever done on Minstrel Island. After quite a walk we started talking about what to do if we ran across a bear… then discussed what type of bear… then started to worry about cougars, so we carefully headed back to the boats. Just as we got close, an animal came running across the path in front of us. Not a bear, not a cougar, but a chicken? What? Where the heck did that come from?
We had good texting and limited phone at Minstrel, and also as we moved on for 3 days at the Indian Village. That is how we found out about the trials and tribulations of Bill and Judy Bryant with their boat. They were headed up to join us and went aground in LaConner. Did some transmission damage and minor prop, shaft damage but spent a couple days in Anacortes getting repairs. Then leaving Anacortes their other engine had a major boo-boo, so they headed back to Des Moines on one engine and as I am typing, we are waiting to find out their status. They were going to yank the engine, do the repair, then head back this way. Clearly, I am passing on my gremlins to everyone this year!
We spent 3 wet but nice days at the Indian Village. Well, except another encounter with a passive agressive Canadian (why do they pick on me?!). She didn’t like the fact I was clam digging on the beach. It might disturb something. Totally bizarre, but we decided to ignore her. We are legal so there really is no problem except in her mind.
Anyway, after 3 days of rain we left Saturday for Waddington Bay. We actually had part of the day with no rain. While anchored we listened to a MayDay call from a 26′ boat that hit a rock and was sinking. They were abandoning ship in their dinghy. It was only 4.5 miles from us but help was on scene immediately. Scary stuff to listen to on the radio.
We arrived at Echo Bay yesterday… rain showers, sun showers, fog, rain, sun. Great to be hear and see Pierre and Tove. I got 3 loads of laundry done and now today Demie arrives on a seaplane to spend 10 days with us. Simon, Yvonne and Garry and I are helping put on their first ever sock hop here. Simon is the dj, the rest of us help cook, dock boats, decorate, entertain… whatever they need us to do. I will have pictures to post later on that!
OK – gotta go shower and start decorating for the party!