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Yikes! Time Flies!

OK, a typical end of the trip blog post from me.  Not that I have forgotten all of you, but things just seem to start moving faster as we get closer to home and then we get home and things really speed up!  On top of that, it took me over an hour yesterday to remember how to move all my pictures from my iPad to my PC so I can add pictures now that I am posting from home using the PC.    I know… excuses, excuses.

So, a quick recap… yes, we lost a prawn pot at Silva Bay… dang it!  At least it was at the end of the trip, not the beginning! We enjoyed our stay at Silva Bay, but next year would go back to the marina we stayed at last year just because it is a little closer to all the action.

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Game time!

We left Silva Bay on August 11th and cleared U.S. Customs at Roche Harbor mid-day, then went to Garrison Bay for three days.   We contacted good friend Robin Miller back in Des Moines and invited her to fly up and spend the last few days of the trip on the boat with us.  She arrived via Kenmore Air on Thursday afternoon and later that day Jan and Bill (Another Bill) came back from Des Moines after a few days back at home.  They keep their boat in Garrison Bay most of the summer, so that was a driving trip for them.   We spent most of Thursday night trying to figure out how to watch the Seahawk preseason game on the boat on Friday when we would be at a marina near Oak Harbor.  No over the air antennas pick up anything except a few random Canadian channels so we were thinking wifi, linking an iPad to the TV so we could stream it.  The only problem is it takes a special connector which none of us had.  Friday morning after a yummy breakfast Bill made for all of us, Bill, Robin and Garry headed into Friday Harbor to see what Radio Shack had.  They had a very helpful person talk to them that basically said “I hope you have a radio”.

So, off we go.  We had reservations at the Deception Pass Marina in Cornet Bay.  They have wifi that works some but not so hot.  We put on some fuel when thunder and rain really started hitting.  It poured the rest of the day but we were happy as clams in the boat.  Robin and I fixed some good football/rainy day mexican food as we anticipated game time.  It was pretty funny because we all ended up huddling around Robin’s iPad using up lots of her stored data since the wifi was too weak to use.  We kept the radio off even though it was our announcers because there was a lag between what we could hear and what we could see.   Pretty funny.

Saturday morning we headed to the Oak Harbor Marina.  There were boat races scheduled that weekend and we had waited too long for reservations in the marina so we had agreed to anchor out and be a turn judge boat for Saturday, then leaving Sunday for Langley.  Lucky for us that the marina found us moorage in the back part of the marina for the night because anchoring there is not such a great thing.  We had committed to being a turn judge boat which initially seemed like a good idea.   There were a couple problems, though.  Racing on salt water means there can be issues with the tides.  Oak Harbor is very very very very shallow so at the time of day you normally would be racing there was about two feet of water.  So racing didn’t start until 2:00 p.m.  In addition it was windy and very cold.  The current and winds kept messing with bouys on the course so things got delayed.  Add in a bouy or two taken out by a boat and there were more delays.  Racing didn’t end until 8:00 p.m!   Thank goodness we had a spot to tie up.  We barbecued some salmon for a late dinner and hit the sack.

Wally Johnston getting ready for a tow.

Wally Johnston getting ready for a tow.

Green flag time!  Let's race!

Green flag time! Let’s race!

We left Sunday morning for Langley.   We had been there once before in our Tolly so it had been about the mid-90s since had been there.  The marina is very small but a couple years ago they added a floating breakwater and some dock space for larger boats.  I had made reservations for two nights and we were going to see my mom and my sister-in-law.  I have to tell you, the service at this marina is wonderful!  Friendly, helpful… and they keep the place clean.  On weekends there is a golf cart shuttle that takes you up the hill and into Langley.  Robin and I took advantage of it and did some browsing in the stores, checked out restaurants for dinner and bought a few groceries.  Mom came to the boat late afternoon and we all went to dinner.   Mom and sister-in-law Joanie came down Monday late morning for one of our big Sunday brunches of everything that is bad for you.  We decided that if it was on Monday there were no calories!

E Dock at Langley Marina

E Dock at Langley Marina

Mom and Joanie and I looking at pictures mom brought down.

Mom and Joanie and I looking at pictures mom brought down.

Because of some things happening back at home we ended up leaving Langley Monday instead of Tuesday.  It was much appreciated that the marina refunded one night’s moorage.  They had a wait list so for our dock so it all worked out for everyone.

We got close to Des Moines around 4:15 so slowed the boat way down and popped our traditional bottle of champagne to celebrate a successful trip.  I think we docked around 5:00 but then the three of us sat on the boat awhile and just relaxed before actually joining the real world again.

Passing Seattle

Passing Seattle

First sunset at home

First sunset at home

So, 123 hours on the engines and 251 hours on the generator later we were back home.  It was almost 8 weeks – just a few days shy of it – and one of the best trips we have had.   Nothing seemed rushed this year, the weather was great, we met some great people, and for the most part the boat ran great.  Gar is already looking forward to next year.  I will enjoy being home awhile til we take off for our winter motorhome trip, so stay tuned for that adventure!

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On Gabriola

It is Monday, August 10 and we are in Silva Bay on Gabriola Island. Again, several days have passed and I need to catch you up.We left Homfray Lodge on the 6th after successfully getting Helen and Glen’s boat repaired ! Yay!! We headed to Mink Island about an hour or two away. Boat racing friend Dave Bibby was there in his beautiful boat, a Bertram named Good Grief. He was visiting his friend Andy, who owns part of the island. We met Andy and he gave us and a few others a nice walking tour of part of the island. Andy has also built himself a salt water hot tub in the rocks heated by some type of in the water wood stove (don’t know what else to call it) that heats the water. I will try to add a couple pictures. The bay was pretty full of anchored boats so we didn’t stay real long. I thought our anchor was dragging. Garry didn’t. But we headed on down the road, so to speak. 

 We thought we would stop at Lund for the night but they had no room so we went further, on down to Westview. They were also very full but were able to raft us off another boat for the night. The marinas are all pretty busy this time of year. Not at all like when we came up in June and there was lots of room. We left Westview early the next day and headed to Pender Harbor knowing if we couldn’t get moorage we could anchor and wait for good weather/little wind to cross the Straits of Georgia. It took calling four marinas before I got moorage but boy, were we glad! We were there two nights and on our last night it got so windy in the back harbor! It was blowing 25 knots and at midnight or so several boats started dragging anchor. In the middle of the wind and dark at least 4 power boats and 3 sailboats were frantically trying not to hit other boats and find a place to anchor.  

We crossed the Straits Sunday morning. The winds were supposed to be much lighter but it wasn’t quite the case. We didn’t really have any problems but it was pretty lumpy. Fortunately, the place we were heading to took us on a much better heading than if we had been going into Nanaimo. Some of those boats crossing had quite a time of it. After an early start and 3.5 hours across the straits we tied up at Pages Marina in Silva Bay. We treated ourselves to lunch out and then napped a little and were very lazy the rest of the day.

Gar put out prawn pots yesterday and one is missing today, most likely from drifting away due to the current. It is a bit windy so hard to see but he might go back out later and look again. He is washing the boat now and I am updating you all on the trip.  

We will be home in about a week or so.


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Ramsay and Homfray

What an unusual year this has been. We made contact with yacht club friends Jeff and Kathy Landstrom on the Esencia and ended up meeting them at Ramsay Arm for a couple of days. Three times in one year at Ramsay! Unheard of! We got there in time on Sunday to watch the final heat of the Seafair Hydroplane races on there satellite TV. Kathy’s dad, Dick Frederickson, was on board with them. Dick has been a member of the yacht club since 1957 – at the beginning of the the club. His wife Davie did not make the trip this year. She is having knee problems so stairs on the boat are a bit tough. Dick is 87 and boats and parties like he is 40! Not too sure if I am talking to him because he whipped me in some cribbage games.We spent two nights at Ramsay with Esencia and then headed toward Homfray Lodge in Homfray Channel. Unfortunately they were full so we tied off an old logging area dock about a mile away. We took the dinghy down to say hi to the owner, Dave. There was (is – since I am writing in real time now) a sailboat there that had motor issues… as in no motor. And there was no wind yesterday so sailing wasn’t going so great. They ended up towing themselves in with their tender. Gar went over to see what he could do to help. After a couple of hours of working around a typical boat engine in cramped quarters (also typical of a boat) he got their impeller out and it was all chewed up. They were hoping that was the problem so had one being sent in by float plane but they admitted they didn’t know much about how to fix things. Now with no motor to charge their batteries they can’t run their fridge, freezer, etc. Anyway, we came to Homfray today to help put the new impeller in. It is supposed to arrive this afternoon but it is raining and we just hope the overcast lifts enough for the plane to get here.

We are hoping to meet up with boat racing friend Dave Bibby in the next day or so. We got a text that he just got up in the area yesterday. I texted where we were and just hope he got the text. You never know if your communications make it or if they do how long it takes for them to get to the recipient.

There is no cell service at Homfray but they have wifi so I am updating like crazy.  

Oh, I just found out that the lady on the sailboat is a wonderful artist! Check out her website. Www.helenbroadfoot.com. She and husband Glenn are really nice people and very happy Garry is hopefully going to fix them up today!