Although there’s still a lot of fun to be had up here, the time to “face the music” is looming. The Port Townsend boatyard for repairs and BI to catch-up on medical stuff–yuk.
Nanaimo was our first stop after leaving Denman Island where I was finally able to get the parts to repair the outboard motor which was damaged back when Carmanah slid down the rock onto the dinghy as I was off-loading Donna and Lucy. And, it actually started! Yey! We prefer to not use it, but sometimes the outboard is essential to have. Like here at Nanaimo, with the motor, we could have anchored for free over at the park and dinghy-ed to town.
Since we were on a city theme, we next sailed down through the Gulf Islands-a beat to windward of course–to Ganges. Anchored in front of the pub, the place is a bee hive of activity with sea planes landing right next to us and boats constantly coming and going. But,we have always loved being here. And of course Mouat’s hardware has everything you can think of. At night everything gets still, the planes stop and we can listen to the band playing at the Sand Piper. Nice.
We were planning to meet the Rohrbachs next door at James Bay but Nick called to say they were stuck in Roche Harbor with dinghy motor problems. Seems their brand new 20 hp motor came off the dinghy while they were towing it under sail at 6 knots–just the fuel hose kept is from being lost. Amazing. I want that fuel hose for my tether when we hit the open ocean. So anyway, we headed to Roche to check thru customs, not the best place to come in, the agents there can be quite teste. And they were, but we got through it. Hung out with the Rohrbachs and Utley’s for a couple of days in the rain. The crabbing was killer though. I had 18 on one pull and had to throw back keepers (which seems unnatural somehow). I kept a dozen alive in buckets for the upcoming DeMeyer family rendezvous in Friday Harbor. When on a “get healthy” walk/run around the Roche area, we came upon the Westcott Bay Distillery and as luck would have it, they had a tasting going on. So much for the health kick. We bought gin and cider at ridiculously high prices but mmmmm-good. “Tasting” hard liquor really loosens up the purse strings.
We met Donna’s mom and my parents along with my sisters– Linda and Lisa & husband Owen. and of course our darling Niece Karrin and Nephew Mason. Sailed from Friday Harbor to Anacortes, then on down to Port Townsend for our haul out.