I left Vancouver early this morning and it was a perfect day to cruise the Strait of Georgia (in a power boat): no wind, no waves, sunshine and I encountered two groups of humpback whales. Now I am in the Southern Gulf Islands, in the park consisting of Tumbo and Cabbage Islands with a nice bay in between. I took a paddle board out for a long ride and am now enjoying the evening sun.
I brought the boat back to Vancouver for a week and yesterday we celebrated Sheila´s mother birthday with the family on Ancient Murrelet. Unfortunately, it was raining quite heavily, so we stayed at the dock and ate lots of food. Very nice to see everybody and we all had a good time anyhow.
It rained all day, and quite heavily in the afternoon. I came into Port Graves and am anchored off Camp Artaban tonight. Somehow it feels like Howe Sound should look like this, but I think I still prefer sunshine. Nevertheless, I got a lot of boat chores done.
I am by myself again, and crossed the Strait of Georgia today. Tonight I am in Plumbers Cove on Keats Island. I managed to walk 7 km in the woods here, and that did not exhaust all the trails. The weather was cloudy but dry, tomorrow it is supposed to rain.
Sheila invited five of her friends from Vancouver to join us on the boat in Nanaimo today, and I invited one of the husbands to help me drive the boat. We took a tour of the Malaspinas Galleries and Snake Island, and then stopped at Newcastle Island. A group of otters welcomed us there, having lunch, as did we. It was a nice day and the weather was ideal.
I returned to Newcastle Island today, but have no plans to go to the Dinghy Dock Pub. It will be a quiet evening on the boat instead.
Kalthoffs and Andrea are returning to Europe today and I took the boat from Ganges to Wallace Island. I walked 11km on the island this afternoon (every trail!), the weather is not as hot anymore but quite pleasant.
We are all back in Vancouver and today we are helping Andrea celebrate her birthday with a walk, a game of golf and a little party tonight. The weather continues to be nice and warm.