Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2017

August 20th- Lasqueti to Nanaimo

False Bay Anchorage at Lasqueti Island

False Bay Anchorage at Lasqueti Island

Sunny and cool becoming warm
I was oddly tired yesterday retiring at 7:30, but that had the bonus of early rising in this beautiful quiet anchorage. I enjoyed the seal, squabbling great blue herons, and the river otter who left the water to scramble over his little rocky island before returning to catch a fish for breakfast. I could get used to the solitude here.
We weighed anchor at 8:20 and it was a motor all the way on flat, or “oily” seas as Jon says its called. To me it looks more like molten silver. I captured a nice reference photo of the Ballenas Ireland lighthouse at 10:30 am. We were at Entrance Island by 12:45 and captured a mooring can at Newcastle Island with the nice Hook & Moor gadget Jon obtained for that purpose. It hooks the mooring ring and then slides a line into it and releases all in one circular motion. Easy enough that I could do it in one go.
We dinghied over to Newcastle Island to pay the $14 mooring fee, then took the dinghy directly to the Dinghy Dock pub on Protection Island. We ordered our favorite salmon burgers of course, but we had salads and chowder instead of fries. I tried the Strongbow cider which I really liked because it wasn’t sweet and had a slight hoppy finish like a very light ale.
After lunch we hoped to work some off with a 1 1/2 hike on the Mallard Lake and Kanaka Bay trails. It’s really a lovely island. We enjoyed island best ice cream at the pavilion when we got back, then returned to Anomaly to watch the entertaining activity in the anchorage.

Kanaka Bay and trail, Newcastle Ise.

Kanaka Bay and trail, Newcastle Ise.

At one point a fellow whom we met on the West side of Vancouver last year came by to say hello. He had the red sailboat and the aging dog, who has since died. He now has a slip in our home-away-from-home marina Cap Sante in Anacortes.

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