We left Vancouver very early this morning and took a car full of our boat stuff to Sidney. Ancient Murrelet is all ready for another summer, and the weather was accordingly hot (21 deg) and sunny. Sheila went back to Vancouver and will fly to the boat on Thursday. I left Sidney and are now in Montague Harbour for the night.
Gestern hat es geregnet, ich war zwei Stunden beim Zahnarzt und habe den Rest des Tages mit dem Sortieren meiner Unterlagen für meine Steuererklärungen verbracht. Nicht so toll.
Heute schien die Sonne und wir sind mit der Fähre auf die Vancouver Insel gefahren und haben einen neuen Tisch für Ancient Murrelet abgeholt. Danach haben wir einen Freund von einem anderen Boot zum Mittagessen getroffen. Sie wollen diesen Sommer nach Alaska fahren und wir konnten in Erinnerungen schwelgen sowie uns über unsere Erlebnisse im Winter austauschen. Ein schöner Tag!
Another beautiful, warm and sunny day in Pollenca. After a bit of golf, we spent the afternoon on the water in front of our winter place.
After the hike yesterday, I took my Hobie kayak out today. This is driven by foot pedals, great, but after another 16km of foot work, my legs are rather sore. The weather is still great, I went from our place in Port Polenca to the beach at the famous Hotel Formentor (closed right now) and back. Great day on the water, and time to relax now.
We stopped for lunch at Atokos Island, in One House Bay. When we were here in 1990, a sailboat set off red flares, but after we rushed over there, all they wanted was some diesel. There were no markings or name on the boat, however they flew a pirate flag. The kids still remember this as the incident with the pirate ship. No such excitement today.
I am on Galiano Island now and this morning Sheila flew in from Vancouver. The sun is on a break today, but the forecast for the rest of the week looks nice. This afternoon we hiked up to Bodega Ridge, a 4km sandstone ridge 328m high (higher than the last hike!). Sheila’s cousin who lives on the island picked us up and guided our little tour. Tonight we are all going out to a famous restaurant nearby.
Sheila and I flew back to the boat in Ganges yesterday and enjoyed a nice evening with friends. Today Sheila flew back to Vancouver, I visited friends in Saanich who have a house with a dock, and am anchored now around the corner from Butchard Gardens. On the way, I stopped at Russell Island, which was first settled 140 years ago by Hawaiian and First Nations people. There are still apple trees on it with nice fruit and I enjoyed walking in beautiful sunshine. In a week we plan to hand over the boat for winter storage, so it is close to the end of the season for us.