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Sidney to Desolation Sound

18 May 2018 | MB
It was a waffle breakfast with fresh strawberries. Our treat when we are connected to shore power. Today was for getting into position to cross the Strait of Georgia tomorrow. We ended up on the south side of Pirate’s Cove only 2 miles from Gabriola Passage which will be slack tomorrow at 8am. We don’t even have to get up early! Sweet!

20 May 2018 | MB
Today we saved a life. The crossing was uneventful, but just as we had anchored in Garden Bay, Pender Harbour, Karen saw a man who had half fallen out of his skiff and couldn’t get back in. We immediately launched the dinghy, rowed over and manhandled him into our dinghy. We got him, and his aluminum skiff back to his boat anchored in the bay. He was pretty hypothermic but recovered ok. Oh, I also had to replace a part on the windlass. Just another day in paradise.

21 May 2018 | MB
A trying morning in Garden Bay. The holding tank overflowed due to a failure of the output pump that allowed seawater to flood the tank. Luckily I had the necessary parts so I repaired it and we cleaned up the mess. Just as we finished Canada Border Control showed up, checking our customs clearance. This is the first I have seen them this far north. We finally pulled out of Garden Bay just after noon for a peaceful ride to Desolation Sound. The frustration wasn’t over though. We tried anchoring three times at the Copeland Islands but the anchor landed in rocks each of time. We gave up and moved over to Grace Harbour for a good set in mud and finally got our shower and a late dinner. It is totally calm and still, so I predict a wonderful night. We definitely deserve it.

Michael rebuilding the holding tank pump

Michael rebuilding the holding tank pump

22 May 2018 | MB
Hiking and kayaking filled our day. We stayed put in Grace Harbour and took two hikes—one a boater’s trail to pretty Isabel Bay and the other a marine park trail up to a nice lake. We were greeted there by two loons engaged in a chorus, and lots of dragonflies hovering. At low tide we put the kayak in the water and explored the shallow areas near the shore, looking for starfish and other tide pool creatures. The weather is glorious—highs in the upper 70s and clear blue skies. It’s almost too warm and comfortable—almost.

The lake with the singing loons

The lake with the singing loons

23 May 2018 | MB’s birthday
It’s been a very hygge birthday filled with all those most perfect of things: companionship, coffee, chocolate, and all the things I love to do most—go for a boat ride, take a hike, row the dinghy. And on a day with blue skies, 78 degree temps and barely a breeze. We anchored in Laura Cove, and hiked the trail to Melanie Cove, unmaintained for years. We explored the shallow of Prideaux Haven by dinghy and found an area filled with sand dollars. Karen took a swim in the 70 degree water— too cold for me. We finished the day with tea and cookies, listening to a podcast of a 1940s Nero Wolf radio show. Hygge indeed

Rowing around in Prideaux Haven

Rowing around in Prideaux Haven

  1. Kim Nguyen
    Kim Nguyen05-25-2018

    HAPPY Birthday Michael!!!
    It is so wonderful to see/hear that you and Karen are having a great time. Thank you for the fabulous posts and photos.

    Miss you both!
    Kim

  2. Craig
    Craig05-25-2018

    Happy birthday, Michael! It sounds like you two are having a great time so far. Well, mostly great.

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