We are having fun with Jessica and Alistair and the grandchildren here in Vancouver. Today we visited the bears on Grouse Mountain and went swimming in the ocean for the second day in a row (well, some of us). The weather is quite nice and we have quite a few plans for the next ten days with the family.
Today I arrived in Nanaimo, where the boat will be for a couple of weeks while we spend time with family in Vancouver. This is the end of our Alaska excursion. We covered 2,400 nautical miles in 82 days. I am spending the night at Newcastle Island, which has nice walks and an old quarry for pulp stones (to make paper). Then of course, there is also the Dinghy Dock Pub.
Tribune Bay was very busy as it is a long holiday weekend. I came to Jedediah Island today, a former homestead that is a provincial park now. There is still an orchard with apples and pears, but I did not find the plum tree we harvested from over 10 years ago when we were here with Andrea. There are sheep and goats on the island, supposedly introduced by the Spanish a few hundred years ago, I only saw a few sheep and a few other boaters today. There are many places to anchor around the island, and I have my little bay all to myself.
Sheila went to Vancouver and I continued south. The weather is still hot and sunny, but due to the many forest fires in the interior of British Columbia, there is a lot of smoke in the air. Today I am anchored in Tribune Bay on Hornby Island. On the way here I passed the pretty lighthouse on Chrome Island.