Yesterday I walked around Wallace Island, it was quite wet and cold. The evening I spent with friends on Gabriola Island, enjoying good food and conversation, ranging from ancestry to biotech. Today is hot and sunny, and I came south again. The forecast is for more rain tomorrow, so I am enjoying the beautiful spring day on Russell Island (only boat here).
My dinghy still needs more attention, but I moved on and am anchored in Conover Cove on Wallace Island now. The day started very cold and wet, but as I came in here the sun came out briefly. I read David Conover’s book Once Upon an Island (auf Deutsch “Ich kauf Dir eine Insel”) as a teenager and it started my fascination with a maritime lifestyle, never expecting to end up walking around his cabin 50 years later.
I took the ferry to Sidney today to get Ancient Murrelet ready for the summer. The ferry ride was great with sightings of dolphins and orcas and performances of the Vancouver Youth Choir during the trip. Ancient Murrelet looks great and I left in the evening. After weeks of sunshine, we now have stormy weather and it is supposed to rain more in the next 36 hours than all of the month of March. I am anchored in Tod Inlet, a very protected bay close to Butchard Gardens.
We flew from Miami to St Thomas yesterday, in the US Virgin Islands. The island group was named by Columbus on his second voyage and they have a checkered history. From 1671 on the Danish ruled this area, but sold it to the Americans in 1917. We took the ferry to St John, which boasts one of the safest and oldest harbors in the Caribbean. The island was settled by Taino Indians a couple of thousand years ago and I visited one of their sacred sites today, a waterfall with a pool and some petroglyphs. It was a wonderful hike, about 4km from the road, down to a nice beach. Coming back in the heat (28 deg C) was rather more strenuous. I met a deer and a few tourists on the way. We are staying above Cruz Bay in a lovely place. Tomorrow the Blue Water Rally Reunion begins here and we look forward to meeting our friends again from the time we sailed from Gibraltar to the South Pacific (2007-2009).
We wish all a happy and blessed new year 2019. We celebrated into it with Jenkins who are staying close by. Today we have calm and sunny weather, a teaser for the calmas de enero, which usually occur in the middle of January. Sheila took the kayak for a spin to enjoy the weather.