Sum It Up Sunday The Central Coast

Sum It Up Sunday: Moving On

Sunday, June 22, 2014S.V. CAMBRIA

When we were anchored in the Octopus Islands a couple of weeks ago, David and I were faced with a difficult decision.  We sat on the deck and talked about what was happening with Sally, who seemed to be growing a little weaker every day.  Should we turn around and take her back to the Campbell River area where we’d be close to a vet?  Or should we continue north, hoping that she might rebound along the way?  

In the end, we chose to move forward.

She didn’t get better, though.  In fact, the opposite was true.  And four days later when we dropped anchor in Port McNeill, near the top of Vancouver Island, it was with heavy hearts. The internal argument was over, and we knew what we had to do – she’d been a great friend to us for nearly 18 years, it was time to return the favour.  So we did.


The following days are a blur, not of activity but of emotion. I do know, though, that we left Port McNeill two days later and it was the most difficult departure we’ve ever made – the first and only time we left an anchorage without Sally. 

We’ve had a lot of “firsts” since then.

Each day gets a little bit easier and, although we haven’t put very many miles between us and Port McNeill (only 90 or so), it seems like a lifetime away. We miss Sally, there’s no doubt about it, but we have 18 years of great memories to keep us company in her absence – not everyone’s that lucky.  I think more than anything, though, the advice we received from some friends and fellow dog-lovers has helped the most, “You make the decision and move on – it’s the price you pay for loving your pet.” 

So that’s what we’re doing.  Moving on.

We eventually made back up to the Central Coast and have been sitting at anchor for days waiting for the weather to improve.  It’s been nothing short of grim – cold, wet and windy – as a low pressure system accompanied by a quasi-stationary ridge and cold fronts move through the area bringing strong to gale force SE winds and rough seas, each day worse than the last.  It looks like we’ll be able to move tomorrow, but we’ve been saying that for days now so I’ll believe it when I see it.


Our next stop will be Ocean Falls, a former company town turned ghost town, to visit friends and try to do a few boat jobs while we’re tied up to a dock.  From there, we have no idea where we want to go, a first for us.  But wherever it is, I’m sure a natural hot spring won’t be too far away.

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