Inside Passage the Gulf Islands

All Good Things (Must End)

Sunday, March 27, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA

The final weeks of the season saw us moving from anchorage to anchorage, hiding from bad weather and taking advantage of the good: Cabbage Island, Bedwell Harbour, Russell Island, Sidney Spit, to name a few.

Our plan was to stay out at anchor until some time in November, exploring new anchorages while we did. An unexpected text message and invitation to Thanksgiving dinner in Las Vegas changed that. It’d been several years since our last visit and we were way overdue for another. The decision was made: We were going “home” and tying up for the winter.  

It wasn’t a very difficult decision. We were still seeing nice days, but they were beginning to be outnumbered by the inclement ones. If we held out much longer (which we usually do), it’d only be a matter of time before we’d be back to hunkering down below to keep warm rather than out enjoying life. So, early this morning we said good-bye to the Gulf and San Juan Islands and crossed the Strait of Juan de Fuca and made way for Kingston. Our season was over: all 3,000+ miles of it.

Note: This blog entry was written on Tuesday, 27 October 2015.

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  1. Classic Pacific Northwest! I love so many of those places. The spit, Cabbage Island, two of my favorites! And you nailed the problem with extending the sailing season up here. When we bought Galapagos, we were so jazzed because with the flush of excitement and 'falling in love' that happens with a new boat, we were convinced that the cabin heat and the hard dodger with enclosure would extend our sailing season. How quickly we forget that the problem is that it's bloody cold, and also very dark, during the winter and it's not that much fun to be outside. After awhile, there's not much magic in sitting below trying to stay warm and keep your bones dry. The summer and fall, that's what it's about up here.