06 August 2013 | Ucluelet
Laurie / Foggy
Day 32 – August 5, 2013 Monday
We had all made plans with Michel and Frances for the morning. They would motor over around 9:30 and Michel would pick up Moe and Jon to take them over to their boat ‘Paxx’ to do some engine work. Frances would stay on shore and take a hike with Kate and me to Amphitrite Point lighthouse. They arrived shortly after 9:00 and we were soon on our way.
I had been to the lighthouse once before with Moe and thought that we had walked there from the marina, but once Frances, Kate and I had walked for some time, I realized that Moe and I hadn’t walked, we drove. It turned out to be a longer walk to the lighthouse trail than I thought, but it was pleasant. The weather, though overcast, was good for walking. Any more sunshine and we would have been too warm.
The trail to the lighthouse is quite wide and very well maintained. Many people use this trail in the summer and we encountered our fair share as we walked through the forest. It’s quite beautiful walking through the dense rainforest with the canopy of trees overhead. I think the looping trail is about 2 km long with the halfway point being the lighthouse. The coastline is absolutely rugged with huge rocks and steep cliffs. As we are in Ucluelet in Fogust, the visibility out to sea was quite limited. We could hear the foghorn coming from one of the buoys out in the water but couldn’t see it. I was surprised to hear it out there and not at the lighthouse. We didn’t stay too long at the lighthouse before starting our trek back. Jon and Kate still had to drive all the way back to Victoria so Kate didn’t want to dawdle too long.
We got back to Reborn around noon and met Moe, Jon and Michel there. They had been successful in their endeavour to fix Michel’s broken water pump. After a quick bite to eat, Jon and Kate packed up all their stuff and were off. It was very nice to have had them join us for a few days and we were sad to see them go.
We then made plans with Frances and Michel to get together for dinner on their boat. They would come over to pick us up about 6:00. I spent the afternoon catching up on my journal and Moe replaced the oil filter on the boat. We also heard from Ken and Rory who plan to join us tomorrow and travel to Sooke with us.
Michel and Frances came at the appointed time and we all piled into their dinghy and headed to their boat. We had brought along our chart and reference books as we wanted to talk to them about the plan for transiting Juan de Fuca Strait together. Once we got there, out came the charts and books and we formulated a plan. They will leave Ucluelet tomorrow for Bamfield and wait for us there and then on Thursday we’ll travel together down the strait. It’s going to be a long day as we expect it to take us over 10 hours of travel.
Travel plans made, we had corn on the cob, marinated pork medallions and a delicious salad. Just after we were finished with our dinner, Michel went to pick up another couple from shore. We had a great time visiting with them before it was time for Michel to start ferrying people back to shore. He took the other couple first and then us. When we got back to the dock, Moe and I went for a dock walk and he explained the different fish boats to me. Now I know the difference between a salmon boat and a tuna boat!