Back, Back to the USA

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.

Donna with one of our Wescott Bay distillery acquisitions--Spy Hop Gin.

Donna with one of our Westcott Bay distillery acquisitions–Spy Hop Gin.

Tasting room was abuzz with the

Tasting room was abuzz with the “hints of this” and the “aromas of that”.

Our good buddies Dave & Mary Utley aboard one of the two prettiest boats in the harbor-Morning Star.  Big sister to Carmanah.

Our good buddies Dave & Mary Utley aboard one of the two prettiest boats in the harbor-Morning Star. Big sister to Carmanah.

Simi, Maggie, Morgan, William, & Nick--The Roherbacks--looking forward to the sail down to Mexico.  Captain Ron...er..Captain Nick has worked long & hard to prepare the boat.  Morgan was on the BHS swim team back in my coaching days.

Simi, Maggie, Morgan, William, & Nick–The Rohrbach’s–looking forward to the sail down to Mexico. Captain Ron…er..Captain Nick has worked long & hard to prepare the boat. Morgan was on the BHS swim team back in my coaching days.

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.

The 10 of us made short work of the Roche Harbor crab

The 10 of us made short work of the Roche Harbor crab “harvest” while sitting at the dock in Friday Harbor.

Our lovely niece, Karrin, scrubbing her way down the 62' mast.  She's fearless.

Our lovely niece, Karrin, scrubbing her way down the 62′ mast. FYI, her water polo coach in Sacramento is Rachel Scott, former BHS star & Olyimpian.

Dad--

Dad–“The Skipper”–looks pretty savey at the helm of Carmanah crossing Rosario Strait.

Our nephew Mason can really put away the crab.  He actually won the Balboa Beach Shrimp Eating Contest when he was only 7.

Our nephew Mason can really put away the crab. He actually won the Balboa Beach Shrimp Eating Contest when he was only 7.

Donna & Ev just before entering the venerable Herb's--the original fave hang out for us in Friday Harbor.  Blues band playing.  3 other places in town with live music tonight as well.  A happening place.

Donna & Ev just before entering the venerable Herb’s–the original fave hang out for us in Friday Harbor. Blues band playing. 3 other places in town with live music tonight as well. A happening place.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s