After we left Silva Bay we headed a very short distance to Thetis Island and stayed at the Thetis Island Marina and Pub. There are two marinas there – we stayed at the first one in but took a dingy ride back to the Telegraph Cove Marina and walked around. We used to go to that one years and years ago – four boats ago to be exact. Telegraph Cove marina has more visual charm and is the more ‘in’ place to stay but we really enjoyed the stay at Thetis Island and had a great dinner that night at the pub.
The next day we headed to Montague Harbor and met up with a bunch of Des Moines Yacht Club boats again. Some we have seen several times before and a couple new ones. Seven boats of us all rafted together in the harbor, using two anchors and one stern anchor. Two boats we had not been with yet were the Bryant boys. Carl, Sarah and their two kids and Ken and Ann and their two kids. Waylon and Gavin (age 6-ish?) had just learned how to kayak. Watching Waylon you would have thought he had been doing it forever. The kids were enjoying crabbing off the back of the boats, too.
On Monday the seven boats all headed different directions. Sandpiper left for Port Sydney. Another Bill headed toward Garrison Bay. Double Eagle headed to Friday Harbor, Plan B (a Bryant boat) and Worker B (the other Bryant boat) and Miller’s Time headed north a bit to Ladysmith Harbor. Garry and I headed to Port Browning Marina with just a short run the next day to Roche Harbor to clear customs and then go to meet back up with Sandpiper and other club members, Roger and Karen, in Bobaround at Reid Harbor.
Our night at Port Browning was really nice. We had not been there in over 15 years. The docks are a little old but there is a great pub there. We had a really late lunch the day we got there and it was fabulous. Didn’t need dinner that night!
Leaving the next morning it was high tide so we chose to go through an itty bitty tiny channel under a bridge to take the shorter route to Roche Harbor. My pictures don’t do justice how narrow the channel is. I lowered our boat antenna also to make sure we would clear the bridge height.
Hopefully you saw my post of the awesome dolphins that came into Reid Harbor when we were there. It really was amazing. Of course the whale watching boats all came in too.
Our plan was to spend two nights at Reid Harbor and head home from there on Thursday but after listening to the weather reports (gale warnings, etc) we looked at the tides and currents and left Wednesday afternoon to go through Deception Pass instead of crossing the Straits of Juan de Fuca. We limped into Cornet Bay marina (just past the bridge) on one engine and a bow thruster, so thank goodness we have a spot reserved for the night. Our port engine had been acting up and it decided just then to be really finicky. Fortunately by the next morning Garry had figured out our problem. Looks like we will be having an alternator repaired or replaced.
I cannot in good conscience tell everything that happened at Cornet Bay but it was really a fun place to spend for our last night before getting back to Des Moines. The marina owner/manager Dundee came down late in the evening and started a bonfire in a huge firepit, opened his store back up and they party took off. We met some great people and Gar got his bonfire that he always wants to have on our trip.
We left Cornet Bay mid morning and I took pictures as we passed my mom’s place in Clinton. She wasn’t home but we waved anyway. We got back to Des Moines about 3:45 that afternoon and of course it has been all cleaning, unloading, laundry, mail, etc., ever since. Well, that is not quite true. A friend got us pit passes for the Seafair Hydroplane races that weekend, so Gar went to watch testing and visit with friends on Friday and then we both went on Saturday and had a blast with so many of our race friends. And we got to see some great racing. We stayed home and Sunday and watching all the final heats on TV.
So recapping the trip. We left June 25th and were home July 31st. We traveled approximately 650 nautical miles up and back. We put 90 hours on the engines and 204 hours on the generator.