Bowen Island

We are spending the weekend at Bowen Island with friends from our student days. We explored Howe Sound, reminisced about old times and solved a few of the world’s greater problems. The weather continues to be hot and sunny.

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Port Graves, Gambier Island

I left Keats Island very early this morning because a swell started to come into the anchorage. I spent the day going around Gambier Island, stopping to drift about while cleaning the boat and anchored in a bay to check on my second anchor. Tonight I am in Port Graves in front of camp Artaban, an Anglican institution that seems to have a lot of kids there right now. The picture shows my track in red.

Gibsons, Keats and friends

I left Sargeant Bay early this morning and headed south. At Keats Island I met some friends from our Alaska trip and we had a nice long chat. I then anchored at Gibson’s Landing and did some boat cleaning. In the evening I took the dinghy into town to have scallops and mussels, nice. For the night I am back at Keats, but all the anchorages here are very rolly due to the current weather (hot and sunny with westerly winds) and a lot of boat traffic.

Sargeant Bay

Sheila went back to Vancouver this morning and I am in Sargeant Bay again. The beach is very nice to walk on at low tide, and summer is returning with sunny weather. There is a creek that salmon use and bears visit, but the fish come late in the fall and the only activity today was eagles and vultures fighting over a fish carcass.

Long day and back to Secret Cove

We tried out a few new things today. First we went for coffee to Halfmoon Bay, where we had not been before. Then we went into Buccaneer Bay and took a long stroll on the sandy beach on North Thormanby Island. As the weather turned rainy again, we came back into Secret Cove for the night.

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Our mode of transport

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North Thormanby Island

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Beach North Thormanby

Secret Cove

We enjoyed a very quiet night in the Jedediahs and walked the main island this morning. Later we came to Secret Cove, which does not seem so secret anymore: the shores are solid rows of summer cottages, many with docks, and there are quite a few boats as well. But, there also is a gas station where we can fill the dinghy tanks and a restaurant we want to try. The picture is of the old Palmer homestead on Jedediah Island.

Jedediahs

After a couple of busy days in Pender Harbour, Sheila and I are now enjoying a quiet evening at anchor in the Jedediah Islands (and hope of course that the night will be even quieter!). The weather is slowly improving and hopefully in a few days it will feel like summer again.

Painted Boat Resort in Pender Harbour

We are on Ancient Murrelet in Pender Harbour, enjoying the very nice Painted Boat Resort. Tonight we are going to the resort restaurant with friends from church in Vancouver, tomorrow we are meeting Sheila’s cousin and her family for lunch at a local pub. The weather is still a bit mixed, but the jacuzzi is nice and warm.

Sheila and I are enjoying Vancouver

Sheila came back from Europe on Monday and we are enjoying our time together in Vancouver. We are busy seeing friends, going out to nice restaurants, walking, bicycle riding etc. Unfortunately, the weather is not all that great, a bit chilly and grey or rainy. That also gives us lots of time to read the news, among the items a report of a great white shark off Mallorca (click here). I guess we will have to keep our eyes open when we return there in November.