|Vessel Make/Model:||Stevens 47'|
|Hailing Port:||Anacortes, WA|
|Crew:||Pete Shainin, Dean Headstrom, Lee Falta|
We are now in Port Alberni, where we all got showers, and caught up on email with access to wifi. We are hoping to take a steam train ride after breakfast. We ran out of eggs, so it looks like we'll be eating out. Tomorrow is Pete's birthday, and we are planning to take him somewhere nice for dinner tonight while we still have Arty and Elinor, who depart tomorrow. Bill arrives this afternoon. We are sad Richard isn't joining us also, but are optimistic he'll be healed up for the next adventure.
We had a relaxing afternoon kayaking and zipping around in the dingy after anchoring in limestone bay. It ended up being a pretty late evening as well. In the morning (not too early) we pulled (rather Arty and Dean pulled and I drove) anchor and headed out to Port Alberni, where Arty and Elinor depart and Bill arrives.
We spent two nights in turtle bay. Each time we arrive at an anchorage, we are immediately greeted by several hummingbirds which we found quite fascinating until we realized we were the only boat without a hummingbird feeder tied to the shrouds. Upon realizing we were so ill equipped, they quickly left us and moved on to the next boat. Guess we'll have to go shopping for one in port Alberni. Last night Arty and Elinor went kayak glamping on Willis island. Dean provided support service in the dingy (with the motor), carrying all their camping gear while they had a leisurely paddle in the kayaks. Today we are headed to limestone bay, on the edge of Alberni inlet, where we plan to anchor for the night in preparation for our run up to Port Alberni tomorrow.
We spent a relaxing afternoon and evening Sunday in Effingham bay, exploring by kayak and dingy and enjoying the sun. During breakfast prep we discovered a malfunction in the oven control which Arty was able to repair by removing a burr on a tiny tube. When we went to pull anchor, the windlass wouldn't work, so Dean and Arty got their workout for the day hauling up the anchor and chain by hand. We then went 4 miles to turtle bay, threading the needle through the entrance. It is a lovely bay surrounded by small islands with lots of places to explore. We decided to stay two nights. Still no crab, but we'll keep trying.
After returning from our shopping and dining adventures, we felt guilty about not dropping the crab pots, so we baited one and hung it off the side of the boat before heading to the bar for a nightcap. When we awoke in the morning we had several crabs, one of which was a nice large male. We sailed on to Barkley Sound and then enjoyed a late brunch of crab and eggs.
Pete, Dean, Arty, Elinor and I departed Anacortes yesterday morning and arrived Victoria mid-afternoon. We were greeted by Arty and Elinor's son, daughter-in-law and their two adorable grandchildren, aged 7 and 16 months. After a happy hour on the boat, the kids departed and Pete took us out for my birthday dinner. I had an outstanding filet mignon. Today we are headed to Port Renfrew and hope to reach Barkley sound the next day.