British Columbia Desolation Sound

Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island

Monday, July 02, 2012S.V. CAMBRIA

David's rainy-day studio aboard Cambria.

The rising barometer promised better weather for Saturday, but it continued to rain in Prideaux Haven so we upped anchor shortly after lunch and motored twenty-four nautical miles northwest to Gorge Harbour on Cortes Island where we found a completely different day.  The sun was shining and people were out in droves– kayaking, barbecuing, swimming and camping – enjoying every bit of it. 

Gorge Harbour is always a working stop for us, a good place to do laundry, but it’s a holiday destination for others – a casual family resort that feels more like a summer camp for children and adults alike. So even thought it was Canada Day on Sunday, a time for celebration, I spent most of it in the laundry room while David toiled over a painfully slow internet connection to pull down weather at Trude’s CafĂ©.

It didn’t take long for the rain to find us and it started to fall again some time last night and stuck around most of the day changing the overall appearance of Gorge Harbour.  No longer a hive of activity, many of the boats had cleared off the docks and were making their way home by the time I took Sally to shore – the only signs of life coming from a group of preteens soaking in the hot tub.    

While most of the US is suffering under a heat wave, we’re feeling the pain from the same system in a much different way.  The high is blocking our weather, holding it in place, so that we’ve seen day after day of rain recently.  We need the heat wave to give, even just a little, so that our weather can push through and help cool down the country and summer can finally begin here.  It’ll happen eventually, but it’s too slow in coming … for all of us, I imagine. 

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