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Oh, Canada


I am already calendar challenged trying to remember the details of the last few days of the trip.   We left Garrison Bay Thursday morning and headed to Bedwell Harbor to clear Canadian Customs around 10:00 a.m.  We then headed to Porlier Pass to decide about crossing the Straits of Georgia.   The morning weather prediction was good but with winds picking up around noon and we did not hit the straits until about 1:00 p.m.  But like many a crossing you need to use common sense and your eyes.  It turned out to be a great crossing with winds probably around 10 knots most of the way and the tide pushing us the right direction.  We were safely across in 4 hours and went another hour to our destination.  Bill Lande had told us about a small marine park north of Pender Harbor that we had never heard of so decided to check it out.  It is call Muskat Island Marine Park.   We were the only boat in there and so could anchor anywhere.  It was a great place and will be on our list for future visits.  A nice bbq chicken dinner and watching eagles that evening.  It would have been better if Garry hadn’t beat me 3 games to zero in Rummikube.  I will get even.

We headed to Westview/Powell River Friday morning to fuel up the boat and get all the fresh veggies and fruits we are not allowed to bring into Canada.  Hit the Safeway, the Dollar Store, the bank (good Canadian exchange – much better than home) then walked back to the boat.  It has been warm and muggy and then rainy and rainy and more muggy.  Warm weather with no rain is predicted to hit soon.  Anyway, being Friday date night and our last real night out we went to a place called Snickers for dinner.  We went there last year.   They have a wide variety of things but a lot of Greek dishes as specialties.   It was a great dinner.   Later, back at the boat I whipped Garry in a rousing (not really) game of cribbage.

So, went to bed with it raining and we woke up to sunshine.   We are heading to Squirrel Cove in Desolation Sound today to meet up with Simon and Yvonne on Sandpiper.  Hopefully Gar will be fishing soon and we will be eating off the land.

Monday is Canada Day, but we are not sure where we will be then.   Anchored snug is some bay somewhere for sure!



Starting To Feel Like Vacation

Amazing but true, we actually left on our summer boat trip on Tuesday morning.   We last load of laundry, tidied the house, unplugged appliances… Oh, oh… just remembered while writing this we forgot to turn off the hot water tank.   Guess we’ll ask one of the kids to do it.   I did remember to turn off pilot lights to the fireplaces.

Anyway, we had a great ride up to Pt. Townsend, picking up about 2.5 knots of speed by running with the outgoing tide.   We hit Pt. Townsend right at slack tide (for non-boaters, that is a good thing).  There was a 15 minute little rain shower but then we were in sunshine for the 3 ½ run across the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  The water was perfect.. nice and calm.

We arrived in Garrison Bay on San Juan Island about 5:00 p.m.   Just in time for cocktails with Jan and Bill Lande.   Our boat was covered with soot from the marina fire the other night so we are spending today (Wednesday) cleaning the outside and putting away all of the stuff we brought.  It sounds like we will run into Friday Harbor today for some last minute purchases, then tonight we are going out to dinner with the Landes and Dave and Doreen Keyes.  Many thanks to them again for use of their dock and having time to visit with them and the Landes.  Tomorrow’s plan is to clear Canadian customs and then maybe anchor at Montague Bay.   If the weather and wind looks good we might just make the long push across the Straits of Georgia instead, though, and would end up in Pender Harbor.

Jan and Bill have satellite tv on their boat so between phone calls from friends at home and the news we found out about the storm yesterday in the Seattle area.  Must have been something – rain, wind, lightning, thunder.  And to think we were sitting in sunshine!


On the dock in Garrison Bay

 Update:  went into Friday Harbor.  Crazy drivers and expensive prices on everything.  Regular gas was $4.32 a gallon.  We figured living here must be about 20% higher than back home.  But you can sure see the draw.  It is so beautiful and except in town, very laid back and peaceful.

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Hitting the Water

Well, we are hoping to leave in the on our trip north tomorrow morning, Tuesday June 25th.  It will be tight be we might make it.   I have been so busy I forgot to warn everyone that I would be posting again.   But then all the excitement in the Des Moines Marina last night made me decide to post something before we leave.

Damage from last night's fire.

Damage from last night’s fire.

First, let me clear the air.. Neither Garry or I had anything to do with last night’s fire in the marina that burned 12 boats.   We were in bed – Gar sleeping and me dozing through a tv show when all the excitement started right outside our balcony.   I counted 22 fire response vehicles and 3 or 4 fire or rescue boats.   It was very well handled and damage was kept to a minimum considering how quickly marina fires spread.   It helps having one of the fireboats in the marina.  It actually resides on our dock.   So, it was J dock that had the fire.  We are clear down on N dock.  The marina is busy today with spectators, tv crews, insurance people, hazardous spill people, police, fire department people.

Anyway, our goal is to leave around 7:00 or 7:30 a.m. to ride the outgoing tide to Pt. Townsend and if the straits of Juan de Fuca are good we will head across at the tide change.  With any luck we will pull into Garrison Bay around 3:00 or so in the afternoon and spend the night visiting Jan & Bill Lande.

As usual, I will check emails and try to post when we have a decent wifi signal.  So please, everyone, stay out of trouble while we are gone!