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Moving North
06/20/2011

Today Ken and I pulled the anchor and headed out of Roscoe Bay in Desolation Sound. You have a short period of time to get in and out of the bay because there is a narrow, zero depth area crossing the entrance. We draw 6 feet so need at least a 6 foot tide to get through. The big rock in the center prevents me from being comfortable crossing with a 6' tide so we crossed when it was about 14' (even though the depth sounder showed only about 2 feet under our keel).

Our friends Tom and Jeanne on Eagle had been at Roscoe Bay with us the whole time. The 4 of us went on a 6 hour hike to the top of a mountain. I'm happy that we did it now but wasn't exactly myself when we reached the top! While I was struggling to get to the top Ken was walking behind me with his hands in his pockets, doing deep knee bends. He thought it was a casual walk! The mountain was nearly 2,000 feet up. I have a right to complain! When we got back to the boat both Jeanne and I spent time soaking our blistered feet in the cold water. A few minutes later Tom yells over "wanna go fishing?" so off Tom and Ken went for more adventure. I stayed behind and nursed my aching legs.

We brought beer and popcorn over to Tom and Jeannes boat last night. Tom and I worked on finishing up the installation of his Sailmail/SSB link and then we all chatted until way past bedtime. They've been so much fun to be with!

We motored halfway and sailed halfway (as wind permitted) to our new destination of Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island. Dad - Remember the problem we had with the hot water not heating off the engine? We had an air lock in the coolant lines. The engine coolant was circulating fine but the part that was supposed to divert to the hot water heater had stopped circulating. Ken bled the system and it seems to work okay now.

For those of you who have been wondering why we haven't been in contact much lately: There hasn't been a way! We couldn't get a cellular signal (unless we went to the top of the mountain again), couldn't get internet access, and couldn't even get an SSB signal to reliably bounce over the mountains that surrounded us. Heck, we couldn't even get a weather report off the VHF!

We had a cell signal for a short time on the way over here but it has since faded away. It was good to talk with Darlene. Sorry that we've been out of contact for so long.

All is well. We will be heading into a town called Campbell River in a few days. I should be able to post pictures then.

BTW. For those of you that want to track our location, you can do so on this page but you first need to have Google Earth. I think the link is off to the right.

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UGH
06/12/2011

We haven't had internet connection for about a week and thought we'd better post via the SSB radio before people sent out a search party for us!

We are currently up in Desolation Sound. We got here yesterday afternoon and found a small laundry facility with pretty bad washers and nearly not working dryers. Well... I guess it's better than nothing.

This morning as we were loading our garbage onto the 'garbage barge' (there are no trash barrels where we are) we spotted some people from our home marina who left about a month before us. We chatted for a while and then decided that we'd go on their recommendation of a good spot to anchor and had a great sail over.

It's very deep here and you have to drop your anchor and then tie your stern to shore. We've never done this before and it was obvious we were newbies when we made our attempt. We dropped the anchor just as the wind came up and pushed us sideways. Ken scrambled to get in the dinghy with the stern line and struggled to hold on to it while rowing to shore. (Lesson one: tie the end of the line to the dingy, don't try to hold on to it while somehow getting it wrapped around yourself) Ken got the line passed around a tree and started rowing the lines end back to the boat. (Lesson two: Don't cleat the other end of the line to the boat because Ken will have a hell of a time rowing back with the line holding him back. Oops, sorry Ken) Once we got back to the boat we took up all the slack in the stern line. Just as we started to relax Ken yells 'Start the engine, the tree broke!'(Lesson three: Pay attention to the tree that you are tying to. If it's dead, it may be weak!) Luckily our friends Tom and Jeanne were close by and could help get our now floating line to another tree. We usually like to watch the antics of others while they are having difficulties instead of providing the comedy but I guess we've got to take our turn in giving a show once in a while.

The wind is now blowing against our side. Something I'm not used to.

All is well here. The weather has turned nice again. I'm happy that we have clean laundry but not so happy that the only store available to us yesterday had $6.89 butter and $5.00 eggs. They DID have the much needed charts that I managed to forget to buy in Seattle so Woo Hoo! Happy Days.

Gillian, sorry that I missed your 14th birthday party today. I hope you had fun and enjoy your gifts!

To all who comment on the blog: I love to see the comments but can't usually reply to them. Sorry. Also, I don't get to see the comments until we have an internet connection. Keep them coming!

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Long day
Julie Nice, sunny day
06/04/2011, Pender Harbour

We are expecting highs in the low 70's today. Woo Hoo!!!! I'm loving this sun!

Yesterday we woke up in Plumper Cove and took a 2 hour hike to a lookout at 800' Most of the hike was easy trails but the last 200' was really steep. Short parts of it nearly vertical.

I love the hiking around here. It kind of reminds me of being a kid and jumping on the bubble wrap that my xmas gifts came in only now its slugs that pop instead of plastic air bubbles! Ish.

After the hike, we pulled our crab trap. We caught a large starfish. No crab.

We motored for 6 hours (no wind) though a mine field of dead heads. Dead heads are large trees that have escaped capture from the huge rafts of logs being pulled by tugs. They are like iceburgs. Only a foot or so is sticking up above the water, the rest is water logged and hiding below, waiting to take a chunk out of your boat. They tend to hang with their friends so when you see one, you know that there are more waiting for you.

We pulled into Pender Harbour around 6 pm, filled the fuel tanks and found a nice, quiet spot to drop the hook. I've never spent such a quiet night at anchor. It is absolutely flat calm in here. I slept for 10 hours.

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Sunshine Coast? Hmmmmm....
Julie Rain
06/02/2011

Vancouver held us in her grip for yet one more day. I guess she had decided to we hadn't yet spent enough money there and so killed our 2 giant house batteries (battries in Canada-speak). Each battery weights 125 pounds and Ken had to get them out of their hidey hole, up the companionway ladder, out of the cockpit, into the dinghy, up onto the public dock and over to the street where we could meet the delivery truck. Then we had to take the 2 new batteries and do the opposite. 2 hours later and we had juice to spare! We knew that the batteries were on their way to the dead battery pile but we were hoping to get 6 months out of them instead of just 2 weeks! HA!

We woke this morning to rain, rain, rain so we pulled anchor and headed to the Sunshine Coast where we were greeted with... TA DA... more rain.

The trip up was about 3 hours or so. No wind. We are currently tucked into Plumper Cove and are waiting out the rain before we either set the crab pot or go to shore for a little walk around the park. I think it might be pretty here but the clouds are so low that I can't see much.

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Sunshine Coast? Hmmmmm....
Julie Rain
06/02/2011

Vancouver held us in her grip for yet one more day. I guess she had decided to we hadn't yet spent enough money there and so killed our 2 giant house batteries (battries in Canada-speak). Each battery weights 125 pounds and Ken had to get them out of their hidey hole, up the companionway ladder, out of the cockpit, into the dinghy, up onto the public dock and over to the street where we could meet the delivery truck. Then we had to take the 2 new batteries and do the opposite. 2 hours later and we had juice to spare! We knew that the batteries were on their way to the dead battery pile but we were hoping to get 6 months out of them instead of just 2 weeks! HA!

We woke this morning to rain, rain, rain so we pulled anchor and headed to the Sunshine Coast where we were greeted with... TA DA... more rain.

The trip up was about 3 hours or so. No wind. We are currently tucked into Plumper Cove and are waiting out the rain before we either set the crab pot or go to shore for a little walk around the park. I think it might be pretty here but the clouds are so low that I can't see much.

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Still in Vancouver
05/31/2011

Sunday evening we returned to the boat to find a bottle of wine with a note attached sitting on our deck. What the heck? Turns out some Hylas owners had spotted us and wanted to say "hi". Better yet, they had dropped the anchor next to us and we got to enjoy an evening of good conversation aboard their boat. Thanks for the great evening John and Deb!

I woke up at 6:30 this morning to Ken yelling from the cockpit "Julie! It's beautiful out here! Come up!" The morning was clear, warm and sunny.

We hopped on the bikes and headed out to Stanley Park. We got waaaay out to the end when it got cold and rainy so we turned around and headed back into the city. As soon as we reached False Creek the sun came out and it warmed up again.

We are enjoying Vancouver so much that we decided to stay an extra day. On the way home from Stanely Park I had to take a break from my bike seat. Ken got on my bike to try it out and immediately said that we had to go buy me a better seat! The seat is narrow and HARD. Spending hour after hour on it hurts! We found a bike shop and found a cushy seat for $20. What a deal! Maybe my butt won't hurt so much from now on.

We are going to head out from this lovely city in the morning. We'll be stopping here again someday.

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