Posted by: Ann | August 24, 2017

Anomaly at Blind Channel Resort

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Posted by: yachtanomaly | August 23, 2017

Jon at the Granville Starbucks

.a new location for him; and the only air conditioning in town!

Posted by: Ann | August 22, 2017

August 21st – Nanaimo to Bowen Island

I was reluctant to leave the peaceful Newcastle Island anchorage. Weighed anchor at 9:22 and motored by an unusual catamaran Barracuda X with mast foil rig.
Entertained encounter by viewing the 80-90% solar eclipse with a cardboard pinhole. Light seemed only as dim as dawn; eclipse was only noticeable in feeling cooler. Sun really intense afterward.
Only 2kts apparent wind; motored past Entrance Island around 10am. 1 brief glimpse of dolphin, otherwise disappointing wildlife.
Arrived at the very nice Union Steamship Company Marina hot and thirsty. After a hearty welcome by Mike we went immediately to Doc Morgan's to cool off where I finally got to try Peach cider. So yummy I bought a box at the Bowen Beer and Wine cellar in our later exploration of the marina shops. Wish we had skipped the long climb up the hill to "Artisan Square". It was mostly deserted and not very interesting except for the Cocoa West chocolate shop.
Returned to the boat for the unique experience of excellent WIFI AT THE DOCK, airy nautically themed washrooms and 10minute showers for only 1 loony. Salmon burgers at Doc Morgans good, but not up to Dinghy Dock standards.

Posted by: yachtanomaly | August 22, 2017

Arrived Monday August 21st…

about 3pm at the beautiful

~ Ann

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.

Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2017

August 19th- Lund to Lasqueti Island

We spot a pod of Orcas
I was up at 7 for the 8am (per Jon) Nancy’s bakery opening, which turns out to be 7am in the summer. We had our final cinnamon rolls and mochas and finally tore ourselves away from the WIFI access. But not before grabbing a Nanaimo bar and a raspeberry rhubarb scone to go.
We were back to Anomaly to depart by 10:15. It was bumpy all night and winds were still brisk- Jon had the sails up 15 minutes after we left the dock.
Sailing along at 6-7- sometimes even 10 kts, it still took until 11:47 to clear Mystery Reef and buoy #Q25. The reef sticks out alarmingly blocky rocks over it’s entire length. After clearing it we could head for the Strait of Georgia on the west side of Texada Island.
The BC Ferry Salish Orca steamed by at 16kts, then oddly coincidental, we sighted a pod of at least 5 real Orcas. It’s was almost as if they had jumped off the graphics of the ferry and into the water. We got a great view of them repeatedly surfacing with their tall dorsal fins and spouting out breaths before charging onward. They headed toward our boat and disappeared, only to resurface on the other side, so they must have passed right under us. They continued on toward the Northwest end of Texada Island.

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We managed to arrive in False bay off Lasqueti Island near 4:30 sailing most of the way. We immediately took the dinghy over to the hotel/restaurant and Provisions store. Sadly, there was no sign of the lively Saturday market or any Tie-dyed t-shirts that the crew at Blind Channel told us about. We knew we were probably too late. The Provisions looked like a great place for breakfast with unique pastries and espresso, but they open at 11:30 on Sundays so we’ll miss that.
We then tried the restaurant for a drink and I talked Jon into the Irish Nachos. We discovered that this meant Nacho’s on house-made potato chips. It was delicious, but it took forever to get the order. Apparently, the 2-3 other parties on the patio formed enough of a crowd to totally overwhelm the kitchen as they complained they were “slammed”.
It’s wonderfully quiet in this anchorage since the small self-described hippie population generates it’s own power. We even saw two river otters near our boat. The glaring light of the motor yacht Escape was a real eyesore in the anchorage, however. Nor did the natives on the hotel deck fail to notice that the owner came into the dock with 5 women in his dinghy.

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Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2017

August 18th- Tenedos Bay to Lund

Broken dock at the lake

Broken dock at the lake

I spent an hour trying to ID the birds who appeared on the island this morning. See list below.
The overcast humid skies felt like rain, but it continued dry as we hiked the Tenedos lake trail. The freshwater lake just beyond the head of the bay is pretty, but ruined by a large log jam. It’s very difficult to get to the shore to enjoy it. We did ID the rock that Sojourner went aground on to days ago, and we agree that the chart does have it marked in the wrong spot.
Today we start heading back to more urban areas. After our hike, Jon got the stern tie released and the anchor up in only 24 minutes. We were heading to Lund by 11:30. Sadly, our last close-up view of Desolation Sound was obscured by clouds.
Lund Harbour was a goat rodeo. Due to a first-come first-served policy, the Harbour master was inundated wth calls for dockage all at once. Only rafting was available for land access; we were able to get the 2nd closest breakwater #2 this time. The Harbour master had offered a stern in, dock access spot, but we didn’t quite understand she really meant Mediterranean moor when she asked if we could step off our stern.
We spent part of the afternoon at Nancy’s bakery catching up on cinnamon rolls and internet; I spent the rest of the day working on and uploading my painting to the international CWA show. Fortunately, the Boardwalk restaurant had good internet access and surprisingly good salmon fish and chips. We also purchased the lemon mousse and blackberry dessert since we fell a bit guilty hogging a table for computing. It turned out to be one of their summer specialties and a delicious choice. We also enjoyed a lovely sunset.
Robin- 2
Northern. Flicker – 2
Chestnut backed chickadee- s
Spotted Towhee – x
Belted Kingfishers – 2
Great Blue Heron
Gulls

The Phoenix of Orcas Island Diptych- because I only have 7x10 paper

The Phoenix of Orcas Island Diptych- because I only have 7×10 paper

Sunset over Lund

Sunset over Lund

Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2017

August 17th – Prideaux Haven to Tenedos Bay

Oystercatcher says goodby

Oystercatcher says goodby

No Longer Undiscovered
We planned to swim in Prideaux Haven this afternoon, but an uninviting breeze came up, so after lunch we motored over to Tenedos Bay.
We found this picturesque bay full of sail and motor yachts. Jon skillfully managed to stern tie to a tree in only 28 minutes. Fortunately, we were close enough to double the line, or we wouldn’t have been able to leave before high tide again. The next morning the tree was way beyond our reach, as expected
Paddle boards continue to be popular here and elsewhere. We explored in the dinghy before supper aboard. The Island we are tied to seems devoid of wildlife. The weather is a bit sticky with rain threatening.

 

Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2017

August 16th- Gorge Harbour to Prideaux Havenc


Departed Gorge Harbour


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED- Desolation Sound Mountain Range seen.
This ended up being a long sailing day since Jon was silently racing the larger sailboat that followed us out of Gorge Harbour. They were ahead on just one tack; Anomaly mostly bested Silver Cloud on the strength of our clean tacks and faster performance in lighter winds. Silver Cloud gave up just as Jon was putting up the Spinaker.
All the way we finally had a beautiful clear view of the Desolation Sound mountains. On our 4th try, we are finally seeing them.
We arrived in Prideaux Haven around 6pm. I had hoped to sit out in the cockpit to see the stars, but I was appalled by the light pollution from the surrounding motor yachts. The anchor lights on these boats are absolutely glaring. I don't understand why they think that is ok in such a beautiful remote marine park.

Posted by: Ann | August 19, 2017

August 15th- Heriot Bay to Gorge Harbour



Warm, partly cloudy AM
We enjoyed our stay at Heriot Bay Inn marina except for the barn swallows who liked to poop on Anomaly.
We spent a cozy time in Java Hut next to Tru Value Foods catching up computer tasks. Like most WIFI on the islands, it has it's problems with long satellite delays and the propensity to keep logging you off.
Departed at 11:40. Sailing in light winds, we had 4 different whale sightings in Sutil passage between Quadra and Cortex Islands.
I spent cooked chocolate panna cotta in the galley while Jon traversed Uganda passage. It looked a lot different with more water. By 2:30 we were at the dock of Gorge Harbour on a beautiful sunny day.
After visiting the store, we spent a lovely afternoon visiting with our friends Chris and Dave from Sidney aboard their sailboat and later at the restaurant. The New England chowder and 1/2 rack of spring lamb with golden beets and string beans was excellent.

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