North to Alaska 2022

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising through Canada up to SE Alaska!

01 April 2009 | 02d01.8S 130d16.4W
31 March 2009 | 00d23mS 129d03mW
30 March 2009 | 04d47mN/125d42mW
29 March 2009 | 04d47mN/125d42mW
28 March 2009 | 06d08mN/124d45mW
27 March 2009 | 07d27mN/123d42mW
26 March 2009 | 09d12mN/122d22mW
25 March 2009 | 09d10mN/120d06mW
24 March 2009 | 10d15mN/118d23mW
23 March 2009 | 11d55mN/117d53mW
22 March 2009 | 13d51mN/116d52mW
21 March 2009 | 14d43mN/115d40mW
20 March 2009 | 16d06mN/113d42mW
19 March 2009 | 16d52mN/111d46mW
18 March 2009 | 17d48mN/110d06mW
16 March 2009 | 200 Miles off Mexico
15 March 2009 | Off Cabo Corrientes, MX 75 miles
13 March 2009 | Punta de Mita, MX
02 March 2009 | Barra de Navidad, MX
24 February 2009 | Bahia Tenacatita, MX

Butchart Gardens in Sidney!

10 August 2022 | Todd Inlet, BC, Canada
George Stonecliffe
We motored and sailed from Nanaimo through Dodd Narrows and south to Sidney where we are presently anchored in Todd Inlet next to Butchart Gardens. Tomorrow, Thursday August 11, we will enjoy visiting Butchart Gardens once again. The Gardens are mature, but they are
constantly maintaining, refreshing, and upgrading their offerings. The last time we visited we heard they had 75 gardeners on staff. That sounds way low of a figure. Maybe they have 750 :) Hope to share some photos!

Desolation Sound Stops

08 August 2022 | Lesqueti Island, BC, Canada
George Stonecliffe
After stopping in Heriot Bay for necessities, we headed to Pendrell Sound, a very special place. The Sound does not flush with the tide, meaning the water temperature warms up during the summer, and maintains a 70+F temperature. George serviced the Max Prop zinc, polished the
propeller blades, and scaped some of the barnacles and marine growth from the rudder area. Sue swam around the boat a few times until tired. We shared the end of Pendrell Sound with over 75 cruising boats, some of which were 100' yachts. The highlight was apparently a Happy Hour
put on by the biggest yacht, attracting 150 people in their dinghies. The next day we headed to the small port of Lund which happens to be the northern end of Hwy 101 which goes to South America. The highlights of Lund for us included Nancy's Bakery/Deli where we bought cinnamon
rolls, a Nanaimo Bar, a large Chocolate Chip cookie, and a Monte Cristo Sandwich. In Lund we had tied up to the inside of the breakwater for the night. In the afternoon Sue spotted ten Black Turnstones. We were thrilled to be so close, and able to watch the birds' interactions with each
other. Also while tied up in Lund, a Canadian Coast Guard Ship pulled in and tied up next to us. Their mission specialty has to do with the Fisheries. With four crew and three scientists on board, they visit various fishing spots where they will troll, they will long line (1300'), and they will trap
for shrimp, actually setting their own strings of pots. They are giving their Fishery information to the government to help them determine when to open and close the government fishing seasons. Fascinating! The next morning we headed south to Lesqueti Island on the way to Nanaimo. All
this time the weather has been wall-to-wall blue sky and sunshine!

Heriot Bay Marina- the Oasis

04 August 2022 | Heriot Bay, BC, Canada
George Stonecliffe
A couple hours south of the Octopus Islands is the Heriot Bay Marina on the east side of Quadra Island. Upon arriving, we were able to buy diesel fuel, groceries, obtain water, shore power, rid ourselves of garbage, and do the laundry: all the necessities! But having lunch and dinner
ashore was a welcome change for us. Tomorrow we head towards Pendrell Sound where the waters are about 70 degrees due to a tidal phenomenon that traps the waters from the cooler waters of the outer area.

The Five Rapids of Desolation Sound

03 August 2022 | Octopus Islands, BC, Canada
George Stonecliffe
The islands that make up Desolation Sound pay for their rights to the sea through the twice daily passage of swift waters making up The Five Rapids. Everything is timing when it comes to passing the Rapids. The book 'Ports and Passages' forecasts currents and tides for areas from Puget
Sound, British Columbia, and SE Alaska. On August 1 we left Lagoon Cove for Forward Harbor which God placed just before the Whirlpool Rapids, first of the five Rapids. To make things interesting, you have to pass Whirlpool Rapids at 'slack before flood' (Rapids are never really slack!),
but this means you will have to go through the next Rapids, that is, the Green Point Rapids with a few knots of flood current with you. If you misjudge the timing, you can easily find yourself in dangerous 6-8 knots of current. So on the afternoon of August 2, after passing the first two Rapids,
we motored into Frederick Arm which is a quiet, seldom used anchorage which we have enjoyed in times past. It was here that Sue spotted our first black bear of our trip. We were in our dinghy tending our crab pot when she spotted the bear on shore. Lots of birds caught our attention as
well. On the morning of August 3 we headed out in pea soup fog with chartplotter, radar, and VHF radio at hand. We went through a diminishing flood tide at Dent Rapids and Gillard Passage with 2.5-3 knots of current. Then we came to a tide line going into Yaculta Rapids where several
logs and trees were floating in the debris. We immediately had a couple of knots of current against us at what was supposed to be slack before flood. Passing through Yaculta Rapids, we had just a couple of miles before entering into 'Hole-in-the-Wall' Rapids which we passed shortly after
slack before ebb. Finally we were passed all Five Rapids, and headed a short ways to the Octopus Islands which we now share with twenty other boats. Now just imagine doing this in 95% fog, with nearly 20 other boats going both directions. Everyone watched carefully, and we all made
it through!

The Five Rapids of Desolation Sound

03 August 2022 | Octopus Islands, BC, Canada
George Stonecliffe
The islands that make up Desolation Sound pay for their rights to the sea through the twice daily passage of swift waters making up The Five Rapids. Everything is timing when it comes to passing the Rapids. The book 'Ports and Passages' forecasts currents and tides for areas from Puget
Sound, British Columbia, and SE Alaska. On August 1 we left Lagoon Cove for Forward Harbor which God placed just before the Whirlpool Rapids, first of the five Rapids. To make things interesting, you have to pass Whirlpool Rapids at 'slack before flood' (Rapids are never really slack!),
but this means you will have to go through the next Rapids, that is, the Green Point Rapids with a few knots of flood current with you. If you misjudge the timing, you can easily find yourself in dangerous 6-8 knots of current. So on the afternoon of August 2, after passing the first two Rapids,
we motored into Frederick Arm which is a quiet, seldom used anchorage which we have enjoyed in times past. It was here that Sue spotted our first black bear of our trip. We were in our dinghy tending our crab pot when she spotted the bear on shore. Lots of birds caught our attention as
well. On the morning of August 3 we headed out in pea soup fog with chartplotter, radar, and VHF radio at hand. We went through a diminishing flood tide at Dent Rapids and Gillard Passage with 2.5-3 knots of current. Then we came to a tide line going into Yaculta Rapids where several
logs and trees were floating in the debris. We immediately had a couple of knots of current against us at what was supposed to be slack before flood. Passing through Yaculta Rapids, we had just a couple of miles before entering into 'Hole-in-the-Wall' Rapids which we passed shortly after
slack before ebb. Finally we were passed all Five Rapids, and headed a short ways to the Octopus Islands which we now share with twenty other boats. Now just imagine doing this in 95% fog, with nearly 20 other boats going both directions. Everyone watched carefully, and we all made
it through!

A Shrimp Feast at Lagoon Cove

31 July 2022 | Lagoon Cove, BC, Canada
George Stonecliffe
Tradition continues at Lagoon Cove every afternoon at 5pm. All boaters at the marina come to a 5pm Meet And Greet, bringing a favorite appetizer to have with a bucket of shrimp caught daily by the owners and crew. Conversation tends to be exclusively on boats and boating! Go figure.
We learned alot, and shared alot. And hope we helped some new friends to further their journey in the cruising life! Tomorrow we go to Forward Harbor which is the northern entrance into Desolation Sound. Cheers!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Fully vaccinated, we are positioning ourselves to head north through Canada to Alaska's amazing Glacier Bay NP and back. Have a wonderful summer. Cheers to all!
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