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.
Ich bin für ein paar Tage in Nanaimo, vor Newcastle Island ganz in der Nähe des Dinghy Dock Pubs, den ja so einige kennen. Hier ist viel los, das Wetter ist sehr heiß und sonnig und ich putze das Boot.
I spent the last two days in Waiatt Bay, kayaking around the Octopus Islands and hiking with friends to Newton and Main Lake.
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
I had a great evening with friends in Von Donop Inlet and then stayed with other friends in Prideaux Haven for two nights. We hiked to Unwin Lake and some went for a swim. Today I came into Squirrel Cove where we plan to all barbecue together. The weather is hot and sunny, feels great.
I flew back to northern Vancouver Island yesterday and today travelled 100 nautical miles south. I had to go through 5 tidal rapids but the timing worked fairly well. Now I am anchored in Von Donop Inlet, both the air and water are 10 degrees warmer (each!) than up north and the forecast is for sunshine, feels like summer.
Yesterday I went to Mound Island, where I had always seen bears on the beach in the morning.
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.
I did some laundry and boat cleaning this morning, checked the crab trap (only large ones were female, we are not allowed to keep them), and came to this anchorage close to Crease Island. This is a pretty and popular spot, and there are five boats here now.