Yesterday we went to Alert Bay and
found a high-speed internet connection which greatly facilitated
Sandra’s upload of the web page. Then
into the Broughton Archipelago, a maze of small, low islands.
We anchored in Joe Cove, a remote and protected tiny anchorage.
Hardly had we dropped the hook and settled down for a little
seclusion when a skiff approached. It
was Jerry and Justine van Wacken. We
had met last summer in an equally remote place, and our paths have crossed
several times since. Jerry’s
son, Ron, is the manager of Nanaimo Shipyard and had helped us at the
beginning of our trip when the exhaust gasket gave out.
We had a nice visit with Jerry and
This morning is foggy and we think
we’ll just spend the day here, doing boat chores and being lazy.
Several of you have asked who the
Sandra Stone is responsible for the
website, and you can expect a considerable decline in its frequency and
quality after she leaves on August 13 to return to her home in Cincinnati.
This is Sandra’s second trip to the Northwest and her first time
in British Columbia. She was
so excited about the whales the other day that she forgot to take
Pete Schroeder joined us last week
and left on the 20th. Pete
was Springer’s veterinarian in Puget Sound and came up with her on the
catamaran. He decided to stay
with us on Shadow and supervised the Hoover and the deck washing, as well
as the whale monitoring. We
have missed him.
From Joe Cove we made our way to Echo Bay, and docked at Windsong Barge.
Christine, and her daughters Cedar and Willow O’Donnell greeted
us warmly. I’ve known them
for many years and it was good to see them all happy and healthy.
Happy hour at Windsong Barge is at 5:00 PM and we enjoyed the yarns
and stories from both transients and locals, not to mention the fresh
Procter’s museum was a treat, as was his conversation at happy hour.
We also had a short visit with Alex Morton, and tried to make phone
calls from Echo Bay Resort.