Tief im Pfälzer Wald

After a second negative COVID Test we came to the Palatinate and are visiting my parents now. We are staying in a holiday home about 30 min drive away, deep in the woods. Andrea is staying in Siegelbach. Today we all met at our place for a nice lunch and a short walk up the creek behind our house. The creek is quite small, but was used to send logs down to the river Rhine up to about 100 years ago.

Our location is where the hiker is shown
Nice walk after lunch

Hiking in the Spessart

We have arrived in Germany and are staying in a little holiday flat in the Spessart, northeast of Frankfurt, but situated in Bavaria. Andrea joined us for a few days and we spend our time hiking and enjoying the local food. The weather is hot and sunny with cool nights, perfect. All of us got tested yesterday and are Covid free.

Walking in the German woods

A few days in Vancouver

I packed up the boating season early this year and came back to Vancouver a week ago. Sheila and I spent a lot of time visiting friends and family, and the last two days we enjoyed very colourful sunsets. Unfortunately, these are mostly due to smoke from wildfires south of the border drifting north, and the air quality is forecast to deteriorate quite badly. We will try to get to Europe tomorrow, will be interesting how flying works in these strange times.

 

Sunset at English Bay

Butchart Gardens

Yesterday, Sheila and Bernice flew into Ganges and joined me on Ancient Murrelet. Today we came into Tod Inlet, just around the corner from Butchart Gardens. We visited the gardens today and enjoyed a nice English Afternoon Tea. Tonight we plan a happy hour on Ancient Murrelet with friends, busy day.

Portland Island

I enjoyed walking on Sidney Spit, but because of wind and wave I had to move to Roberts Bay last evening, where I spent a quiet night.

Today I went to Portland Island, which also is a park. The trail around the island is a good 6km long, a nice walk with blackberry bushes and apple trees along the way. I am anchored in a tight little bay, amongst reefs and rocky islets, fun to explore with the paddle board.

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Sidney Spit

I hiked 14 km yesterday in Lyall Harbour, to the top of Mount Warburton Pike, the second highest mountain in the Gulf Islands. This hill is only 400m high, so not too strenuous, but a beautiful view from the top.

View from top of Mount Warburton Pike

Today the weather was cool with showers and I came to Sidney Spit, which is very quiet. I enjoyed a nice walk on the beach and am now using the good internet connection to catch up on a few things.

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View along Sidney Spit on a bit of a grey day

Reef Harbour

Sheila flew back to Vancouver this morning and I headed South. I am now anchored in Reef Harbour, between Cabbage and Tumbo Islands. This is all parks land now, though the previous owners still have residency rights. I walked around Tumbo Island. There was a failed attempt at coal mining (the shafts flooded) and apparently more successful fox raising for the fur in the 1920s and 30s. Some of the buildings are still standing, but do not look like they have been used recently. One local story is that horses were raised on Cabbage Island and then used to produce food for the foxes on Tumbo Island. Certainly more peaceful today.

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Residence on Tumbo Island
A peaceful anchorage on a hot day