Montague Harbour

I came back to the boat yesterday and left Nanaimo this morning for the Gulf Islands. There is a lot of boat traffic, even though the border is still closed to pleasure craft. I am anchored in Montague Harbour, one of my favourite places, which is not as crowded as I expected from all the traffic. The day was sunny and warm, and I was going to watch the Perseides meteor shower, but this evening clouds are moving in.

http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=48.889935&lon=-123.397473

Sandy Island

I spent the last two days in Waiatt Bay, kayaking around the Octopus Islands and hiking with friends to Newton and Main Lake.

Waiatt Bay: http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=50.267197&lon=-125.247917

Today I came quite a bit further South to Sandy Island. This park has miles of beaches at low tide, and I walked for a couple of hours. I got so hot that I cooled off in the ocean afterwards, even though the water temperature is only 21 degrees. From here it is only 50 more miles to the Dinghy Dock Pub.

Sandy Island: http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=49.615498&lon=-124.851655

On the way to Main Lake on Quadra Island
Beach on Sandy Island (Wolfgang should recognize this)

Vancouver

I am spending a few days in Vancouver with Sheila. The weather is warm and sunny, and the beaches are quite busy. Sheila’s mother is staying with us while her new apartment is being renovated. Last night we went out for a nice dinner at the Silvia Hotel around the corner from us.

Mound and Pearse Island

Yesterday I went to Mound Island, where I had always seen bears on the beach in the morning.

http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=50.589170&lon=-126.647903

Alas, no such luck today. I then crossed Weyton Passage, where I always had encountered whales, and several times both orcas and humpbacks on the same day. Again, no such luck today. Now I am anchored in the Pearse Islands, keeping a sharp lookout for any wildlife.

http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=50.584362&lon=-126.871118