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 have packed our stuff here in Mallorca and shifted it to the locker we rent. Tomorrow we fly to Germany. The time here was great and the weather especially nice during the last few weeks. We plan to return in November.
As I was in Palma today, I visited the Galleon Andalucia, which is docked in the harbour this week. This replica of a 17th century Spanish Galleon goes back to a time when Spain ruled the high seas, a bit of sailing nostalgia for me.
We have arrived in Mallorca, Jessica and her family came, my parents and Sheila’s mother. It rains only on about 50 days a year here, but after two sunny days we are hitting a few of those days. The kids (and adults) nevertheless enjoy the warm weather and ocean. We also have access to a pool, great to sit at, have a drink and look at our WhatsApp messages.
Today I did two walks in the park! In the morning I walked along the trails on Portland Island that I omitted yesterday. We were last on this island in 2004, and I was happy to see that the only change was a new sign telling people to pick up to 6 fruit of a kind in the old orchards (a family of racoons harvesting apples blithely ignored this). In the afternoon I moved over to Russell Island and did another walk in the park (and ate some more apples). The view from the beach is towards Reginald Hill, which I climbed last Saturday. The weather was great, sunny and warm in the afternoon.