Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

First time out on the boat this year. As much as it is a chore and frustrating to get ready to go, it is always worth it in the end. Had trouble (again) getting the holding tank discharge pump to work. Oh well, an empty tank should be enough for the weekend.

Weather has been a bit cool with low clouds in the morning that seem to burn off by the afternoon. We tried running the cabin heater but the pressure pump has decided to malfunction. Probably time to replace it.

This is the first time on the boat for "super schipperke" Jake since his second eye surgery where we think he lost some vision. While not as fast and sure footed around the boat like he used to be, he is finding his way around with a little assistance. His bossy older sister Sucia is not helping things.

For two nights we have been tied to a state park buoy of Blind Island in Blind Bay on Shaw Island. We have passed this place a number of times over the years, but this is our first time here. We are asking ourselves why we never stopped here as it is a pretty cool spot. The ferry for Orcas and Shaw pass by regularly, but there is little wake so the anchorage is quite calm. The state park has the newer designed buoys that do not kling-klang against the hull of the boat during the night. Blind Island is a small place with a pit toilet and four or five campsites. Ashore at the Shaw ferry terminal is a funky general store that sells a few supplies and service ice cream/coffee/lunch item things. Shaw Island is clearly the most rural of all the San Juans.

Jake keeping watch off Blind Island

Saturday afteroon we hooked up with our friends Jeff and Linda who came by on their relatively new (to them) Sea-Ray runabout.

We took "the long way home" through Obstruction Pass and around Cypress and Guemes islands to avoid currents and traffic. Little wind and calm waters the entire way.

Saturday, August 31, 2013


We're home after a long, but lovely day on the water.  Trip summaries tomorrow, or maybe Monday...

Friday, August 30, 2013

Daily Log, Russell Island, Friday, August 30, 2013

Daily Log, Russell Island, Friday, August 30, 2013
Distance traveled: 20nm
Everything OK

We left Telegraph Harbor south through Stuart Channel and the Sansum Narrows.

The narrows, between Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island, is a sort of long boring trip. Nothing much to see. We were through here once in the past going to Maple Bay, and didnt think much of it then. We did have current behind us giving an extra one to two knots of speed. We passed a number of small boats on kickers or being towed in the other direction. Looks like there is a sailboat race nearby this weekend.

We dropped anchor behind Russell Island on the south side of Saltspring Island. This island is mentioned in only one of the many cruising books we have. And it is a brief mention at that. The island was homesteaded by Hawaiian / English family in the late 1800s. A house still stands on the island, now protected by the Provincial Marine Park system. A caretaker lives part time at the house giving tours. When we were there, the caretaker was also one of the original family descendants.

There is a trail that follows the shore around most of the island with some interesting rock and sand beaches for the dogs to explore.

We are within a days distance of our home port

Russell Island

We are one of 13 boats anchored north of Russell Island - just off the south side of Saltspring Island. Not quite the quiet spot espoused by the guidebooks, but not surprising given it's Friday of Labo(u)r Day. Very interesting history including Hawaiian settlers.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Daily Log, Telegraph Harbor, Thursday, August 29, 2013

Daily Log, Telegraph Harbor, Thursday, August 29, 2013
Distance traveled: 10nm
Everything OK

We departed Ladysmith Maritime Society in wind and rain.The local radio station said this rain storm was the biggest since early spring. Once we got into the channel, the wind was not too bad, but it was still fairly wet. We motored into Telegraph Harbor Marina on Thetis Island, about ten miles. We have been here once before, but at the other place 'Thetis Island Marina'.

Telegraph Harbor Marina is a nice place with showers, laundry, restaurant, wifi and places to walk the dogs. We had dinner at the restaurant and considered staying another night. Turns out they were expecting lots of boats for a rendezvous for the long canadian weekend, so we elected to push on.

Tomorrow is Russell Island.

Telegraph Harbor

On the dock at Telegraph Harbor Marina. Lots of rain last night and today, plus a forecast of strong wind tonight.  We have the diesel heater running just to help dry stuff. :-(