A bit further north today. I wanted to stay in the Smugglers Cove Park, but despite a big sign saying closed and no entry, the anchorage there was rather full. So I came to Secret Cove, just around the corner, where I have a finger of the bay to myself. The weather is fantastic, and after a bit of work on anti-infectives, I went for a ride with the Hobie kayak. The seals enjoyed the sun too.
I left Vancouver on Ancient Murrelet today, and am anchored in Port Graves now. Sheila is helping her mother and I am alone on the boat for a bit. Despite the border being closed, and thus no American boats in BC right now, the anchorage is quite busy with a dozen boats. The weather is sunny and warm.
We took a day off from social distancing at the flat and are now social distancing on the boat in Indian Arm, about an hour boat drive away from Vancouver. The weather has been sunny and warm, so we took the kayaks for a spin.
We are enjoying a few sunny days in Vancouver, but the mornings are still rather chilly. British Columbia seems to have done well with flattening the Corona virus infection curve, but we still have to practice social distancing for some weeks to come. I use the time for walks on the sea wall around Stanley Park (still allowed) and various jobs on the boat such as oiling the inside teak.
Over the last couple of days I took Ancient Murrelet from Sidney to Vancouver. It was nice being on the boat, but as I could not go to pubs or visit other yachties, it felt a bit isolated. The boat is now at the closest dock to our place, a 10 min walk from the flat. I plan to get her ready for cruising this summer, just no idea when I can go and if I will still make it around Vancouver Island as planned. We are still feeling well, getting used to lots and lots of video conferencing.
We are still doing well, mostly staying at home. Vancouver is under an emergency status, schools, restaurants and bars are closed, but no lock down (yet). The weather continues to be nice and sunny, and we can walk on the beach. The city is very quiet though and most people seem to abide by the rules for social distancing.
We made it back to Vancouver, just in time as it looks like. Canada now recommends against any non essential travels. We are feeling fine and had no contact with anybody infected with the Corona virus as far as we know. The weather here is cold, but sunny and should warm up over the next few days. The magnolia bush on our patio is starting to blossom and there are flowers on the ornamental fruit trees in our street, feels like spring is coming.
We are meeting with friends from our time in Heidelberg this weekend. We picked Trier to meet as a convenient location for all. This is Germany’s oldest city, founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago and for some time was the largest city North of the Alps. The river Mosel has very high water right now, and the weather is a bit chilly, but we are enjoying our time together and catching up with news.