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Campbell River to Johnstone Stait

May 24 2018 | MB
Campbell River was calling, so we came here today. Actually it wasn’t so much the place as the great grocery store, marine store and hardware store close to the marina that were the sirens for us. The marine store for some replacement spares, the hardware store for a tool to fix my windlass part and the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables for the next week or so. There is also a Starbuck’s looking exactly like a Seattle store. They even took my Starbuck’s app and correctly calculated the exchange rate — it ended up costing less than in Seattle to boot. Proof, I suppose, that not everything in Canada costs more than in the US.

25 May 2018 | MB
Small Inlet is pretty short and has a narrow entrance but it is definitely not small in terms of entertainment value. We got here early since we had to make the turn of the tide at Seymour Narrows and found another boat already here. But there is plenty of room for many boats so we took a spot and went for a hike up to Newton Lake. The water was warm but the day was cloudy, windy and cool so we didn’t go for a dip. Two days ago, when it was 78 degrees, we would have.

Hiking around Newton Lake

Hiking around Newton Lake

We didn’t have any luck with our crab trap, but our neighbor came over with three large red rock crabs so we steamed them and chilled them for dinner tomorrow. And to end the day on a high note, the sun came out and the wind dropped a bit. Delightful.

Fresh steamed crab

Fresh steamed crab

26 May 2018 | MB
Today we made the transition from South Coast weather to the North Coast in all its glory. Yesterday’s highs in the 60s have been replaced by low clouds almost to the water, showers, and highs in the 50s. Wind was low in the morning, so we ventured up Johnstone Strait, a place with a reputation for nastiness and high winds, as far as Port Neville and anchored well inside — completely landlocked with no other boats, totally calm. Karen painted and I read. The boat is warm after making brownies. The music is nice. Decadent.

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