Winter Cove on Saturna Island

After Sheila left this morning, I came into Winter Cove on Saturna Island. This is a large, well protected anchorage, and only a few boats are in here. Nobody I know, so this is my chance to clean up the boat a bit.

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Saturna Island, Ancient Murrelet in the very background

 

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Port Sidney

After a few very busy days of meeting with friends and relatives, Sheila and I came into Port Sidney Marina today. We are meeting some friends here tonight and Sheila plans to go back to Vancouver tomorrow. The weather is still nice and sunny, but the nights are quite chilly.

Russell with friends

I spent a day at Sidney Spit, enjoying the continued fine weather. Yesterday I went to Russell Island, which still has an old orchard. There are friends on two other boats here, and we picked apples, blackberries, and salal berries together. A very nice evening enjoying the fruits of our labour together, but not much boat work got done.

Smoke

The hot and dry weather has resulted in close to 600 fires across British Columbia and today Vancouver was blanketed in smoke. We went to visit Bonnie in Whistler and the air is a bit better there. We spent the afternoon walking along the River of Golden Dreams and the kids discovered several great swimming holes.

On Ancient Murrelet

We are on the boat for two days and everybody is enjoying the hot weather and ocean. The bubble bath at night in our jacuzzi on board is also a great hit. Yesterday, we came into Pirates’ Cove, which features a real pirates treasure chest. Kind members of a local yacht club keep it filled with treasures, and the kids picked a few choice items. All the kayaks and paddle boards are in constant use. Today we are heading back.

Busy day

Alistair joined us on Saturday, and for whatever reason, he doesn’t suffer from jet lag. Today we left early for an excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge, which was great fun. Then we had a picnic lunch in a park close by, where Oliver discovered a nice swimming hole in the stream running through the park. We others found the water a little chilly. This was followed by a few hours at Third Beach and a hamburger dinner, and Bernice joined us for that. Now everybody is very tired and we hope the kids fall asleep soon so we can also go to bed.