Desolation Sound Sum It Up Sunday

Sum It Up Sunday: September 14 - 20

Sunday, December 07, 2014S.V. CAMBRIA

Rebecca Spit Marine Park, Quadra Island.

Our week started off much like the previous one ended – with us anchored off Rebecca Spit Marine Park on Quadra Island enjoying some of the warmest weather we’d seen all season.  Our days were filled with long walks ashore and lazy afternoons swinging in the Air Chair watching the world go by.  After months of moving every day or two, it was just what the doctor ordered.

Through the wonders of Facebook and a private group I belong to, David and I were able to re-connected with a gal we met several years ago in Princess Louisa Inlet who spends the summers cruising with her two sons in a cuddy cabin boat.  As luck would have it, they were in the area enjoying the last of the beautiful summer weather and stopped by for a visit Monday afternoon.

Rebecca Spit Marine Park, Quadra Island.

On Tuesday, we had a visit from friends who live in nearby Campbell River: Rick, Gerri Lee and their dog, Morgan, whom David affectionately calls “Marley”.  They have a boat but, with a deteriorating forecast, decided to take the ferry over for a quick visit and dinner.  Earlier in the day while I was taking a walk, I hatched a plan (Julia, if you’re reading this, you’re my inspiration – always!).  I came across a beach shack that someone had built out of driftwood and decided it would be the perfect evening for a beach fire and BBQ.  You never really know how my ideas are going to turn out because I tend to fall on the optimistic side even when I shouldn’t.  But it was a great night.  If there’s a complaint to be made, it’s that it ended too quickly.

Rebecca Spit Marine Park, Quadra Island.

Rebecca Spit Marine Park, Quadra Island.

Rebecca Spit Marine Park, Quadra Island.

By Wednesday, it was time to more on.  The barometer had been steadily falling and we wanted to go to a more protected anchorage.  So, after a really enjoyable week we started the engine for the first time and upped anchor.  With the hope of seeing Salubrious again, we motored across the water – a whopping 9.5 nautical miles – to Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island, where we finished out the week. 

Rebecca Spit was Sally’s  favourite anchorage and I was concerned that being there was going to be difficult but, as it turned out, it was the complete opposite – I left feeling closer to her and more at peace with her loss than I had for months.  Sally’s death isn’t something David and I can talk about much, just the mention of her still brings tears to our eyes, so anything we can do to help ease the pain is welcomed.  I wouldn’t say we found closure there but, rather, a little bit of peace that I hope will carry us through the coming days.

Gorge Harbour Marina Resort, Cortes Island.

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  1. I love that someone made that out of driftwood! Perfect place for a BBQ!