We had a great time day sailing with Jeff (on vacation from BI Parks Outdoor Programs) and his family–the nine of us spent the day sailing and eating salmon and oysters they had gathered on a brief stop at Marina Island. They chose the “big guys”–some big enough to feed a small coastal village. I didn’t quite have the moxy to choke down one of those behemoths but Jeff’s mom, Vonnie, showed us how to consume one of those supersized oysters. Mmmmm (I assume). Certainly saves shucking time. One or two and you’re good to go. I can see where Jeff gets his adventuresome spirit.
Thankfully the recent rain cleared out the forest fire smoke that was limiting visibility to less than a quarter mile in This area.
Jeff & Elizabeth stayed on the boat for several more days with us doing a classic Desolation Sound tour–Tenedos Bay (& lake Unwin, site of my “leach debacle”), Pendrell Sound, Squirrel Cove, Teakerne Arm (Cassell Lake), and back to Rebecca Spit. It was fun being with two people who enjoy the outdoors and are totally flexible & up for darn near anything. I do worry that Jeff may be developing a small oyster eating problem/disorder and Elizabeth is enabling him by gathering more (always more).
It was interesting to note the higher percentage of Canadian boats at the anchorages. In some places we were way out-numbered which is a reversal of past experience where places like Squirl Cove are mostly US visitors. Don’t know why. Maybe the Americans are all in towns taking advantage of the great 70 cents to the Canadian Dollar exchange rate(?)
We finished up our final sail w/Jeff & Elizabeth in 20-30 knots of wind blasting along at 9 knots-rail down & a bone in her teeth. Lots of fun and got us back with plenty of time to get cleaned up before the band started.
We timed our return to Herriot Bay for Friday evening when they host live bands at the Inn’s pub. The week before they had a surprisingly good local rock band–Duffy Live. Maybe should have calculated the odds that this small island would have two really good local bands? But, they were “ok” and more what you’d expect at a small place like this. After a few rounds of tequilas shots….much better.