Mar and Gar's Adventures

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I forgot to mention… The cost of fuel was $5.19 a gallon. And that was with a discount because of the volume we took. gulp….



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You Take What You Can Get

Here I am sitting on hard concrete in the shade of a building so I can use the free wifi at the Westview Marina.   There are benches but all in the hot sun.  I know… Boo hoo!

We departed Nanaimo at 5:00 this morning.   Thanks to Yvonne, our expert weather person, we decided it was a “go”.  She actually got up at 4:00 a.m. To listen to the morning weather update, then called me.  I then called Jan and as soon as it was daylight we took off.  I honestly think it was the smoothest crossing I have ever made.  We got to Westview/Powell River marina by 9:30, fueled up and got a spot for the night.  Another Bill is also here, but Sandpiper kept on going to Squirrel Cove  in Desolation Sound.  we will eventually all meet up but for now it is cell phone, text or VHF radio.

So now you know the latest and greatest.  It may be a few days or more before I can post again.  We are heading to the area with less communication available.


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In Nanaimo

Blog Post June 29

Wednesday night was a pretty early night for us…. watched part of a movie and fell asleep. It was great sleeping in – well, for us sleeping in. We were having coffee in bright sunshine at 6:45 a.m.

Jan and Bill arrived around 10:30. Boy, they must had a really early start to catch the 9:00 ferry from Anacortes! We were laughing about the advantages and disadvantages of how we all get organized to leave for a long boating trip. We have the advantage of packing everything very easily at home. We are just a walk away from the boat. But the then it is a day or two of underway before we feel like we are on vacation. This year we were good with the Straits of Juan de Fuca but that is not always the case. Jan and Bill already have their boat in Garrison Bay for several weeks, so that means they must load everything from home, pack it tightly into their truck and hope they don’t forget anything because they can’t run home and easily get it. There is no right or wrong way. It is all a lot of work but well worth it.

Besides a nice walk yesterday, we borrowed Bill’s truck to run into Friday Harbor to go pick up a couple little things. While we were there we walked to the marina and said hi to fellow Des Moines Yacht Club members, Steve and Diane Sewell. They are spending a few days in the area along with a couple of yacht club friends and then heading to Victoria for Canada Day.

Our hosts (the owners of the property where we are staying) arrived late afternoon and then the six of us went back into Friday Harbor for dinner. Many thanks to Dave and Doreen for the hospitality of their dock.

Thursday day and even more into the night was extremely windy even though it was sunny and warm. Crazy wind! It was nice be tied to a dock, for sure. I woke up several times during the night to waves slapping against the side of the boat, then in the early morning hours it started to rain. Since it was not the most perfect of weather for moving on I somehow convinced Gar to stay one more night at Garrison. The new plan became to leave Friday morning with the Landes traveling with us. We will head to Nanaimo and clear customs there, then find a place for the night and hopefully by Sunday morning the wind and water gods are smiling on us and we can cross the Straits of Georgia without any big issues.

UPDATE: I am writing on Saturday afternoon while sitting at a Starbucks in Nanaimo.

We ended up staying Friday night also at Garrison. The weather on Friday wasn’t so great so somehow again I convinced Gar to spend one more night. He was able to get a lot of projects done while on the dock. Our new Raymarine chart plotter/fish finder is all installed and is wonderful. I figured out how to Bluetooth it to the iPad so we can have if up on the bridge, too. Pretty awesome. He also hooked up the new 24 volt charger for the bow thruster batteries and it works great, too! We fired up the diesel heat for the first time on the trip and it works!!! we are on a roll…

Jan and Bill have the joy of trying to close on the sale of their rental house while boating. I don’t envy them. Hopefully it will all come together without too many headaches.

So, we left Garrison at 7:00 a.m. That gave us perfect timing to go through Dodd Narrows at slack tide. We were able to call Canadian customs from our boat to clear entry into Canada, the got one of the last 2 slips in the marina. Jan and Bill got the last one. It is very windy but we are hoping to leave tomorrow to cross the Straits of Georgia. We have caught up with Sandpiper (Simon and Yvonne Josowitz). They are on a mooring buoy in the bay here. It is so rough and windy we don’t know if we will attempt to dinghy over to visit them.

Now that we are in Canada I can buy some fresh produce that we are not allowed to bring across the border. Might be having some corn on the cob tonight. the raspberries look good, too. I will probably buy some sausage rolls because no one makes them better!

So, I think you are now caught up. Until later…..


First Full Day

Well, we left Des Moines almost on schedule. Only 15 minutes late, so for us that is on time. It was sunny and calm. And then 15 minutes into our trip our first adventure happened. We were almost to Three Tree Point when I spotted a 13″ Boston Whaler adrift with no on on board. We contacted the Coast Guard but the boat seemed clearly to be just adrift as the motor was in the up position and no sign of a missing person or anything like that so we did not have to stick around. We had given the WN boat number to the Coast Guard so they were going to try to locate the owner. They also did a broadcast to anyone in the area about the boat and by 8:00 a.m. the boat was recovered and the owner had it back.

We hit fog off and on once we got to Elliott Bay and by the time we were at Pt. Townsend it was pretty heavy fog. The waters were pretty good and the predictions were for a good crossing of the Straits of Juan de Fuca so we decided to head out. Just a few miles out the fog lifted and we had wonderful water – just a few small swells from time to time – and lots of sunshine.

Just before entering Mosquito Pass on San Juan Island there was the usual fleet of whale watching boats and kayak whale watchers. We skirted them, but then there were orcas just at the entrance to Mosquito Pass so it took a bit longer to get in to Garrison Bay, but we were tied up and and enjoyed the sunshine by 2:20 p.m. Not a bad first day.

The dock we stay on belongs to friends of ours and it is also where Jan and Bill Lande (boat name Another Bill) keep their boat all summer when they are not out on it. But our first night at Garrison we were by ourselves as the home owners were not here and Jan and Bill would not be arriving until Thursday.

I am using my new iPad wireless keyboard and doing a draft of my post so when I have wifi or turn on my cellular plan I can quickly (well, I hope quickly) copy and paste it on to the blog. And I also need to remember how post pictures when using the iPad so if some of my blog posts are not so great, you will know why.


Step by Step… Inch by Inch

We are getting ever so closer to leaving on vacation.  Every time I make a list I end up adding to it.  Then when I am at the various stores I still see things I think I should buy, so I do.  Good thing we have two freezers!  Packing, loading, organizing (no, wait, no organizing yet), yard work, laundry.  

Our goal is to leave Wednesday morning at 5:30 a.m. to run with the tides and currents to Pt. Townsend, then depending on the water and wind we either keep on across the Straits of Juan de Fuca or we press on.   It is funny because I looked at the archived posts I did last year and I could have almost cut and pasted them.   We are hoping to leave on the same day of the month as last year, and the destinations the same.

Technology will be different this year.  I have an iPad so not using my Netbook.  We have a booster for a phone signal so may have more bars (phone bars, not drinking bars) than in past years.  That meant changing the phone plan to the Canada/Mexico plan for Verizon because if we have more signal we make more calls.  

Gar is still working on getting our motor to our dinghy working right, but I know he will prevail…maybe…

So, this is my only picture so far.  It is of all my freezer containers.  I had to gather them together, find the matching lids, and get them to the boat to use for all the prawns, clams, etc, that I will need to freeze along the way….. we hope.

Have a nice Saturday night.  More posts to come.