the Gulf Islands
It’s Gonna Be a Bright (Bright) Sunshiny DayWednesday, March 02, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA
Finally! We struck gold – golden rays of sunshine, that is. And are currently enjoying the longest bought of fine weather we’ve seen all season – 11 days in a row. It’s been bloody fantastic! And we’ve been making good use of it, doing all of the things that make cruising such an enjoyable lifestyle for us: exploring new anchorages, hiking, kayaking, watching the sun set and the moon rise.
It started last Friday. We’d been hiding out from the weather in
when we got our chance to
move down to Tucker Bay . Once we were there, the sun broke through the clouds and the wind
started to blow from the north. But more importantly, the forecast was good so,
after taking care of some business in the city, we made our way through Nanaimo and into
the Dodd Narrows . Our first stop: Gulf Islands – a favourite of ours. Wallace Island Marine Park
After a few days, we were ready for a change so we moved down to a new spot:
’s Hook on the east coast of Walker where we
sat on the beach and watched the cows come home. Salt Spring Island
The wind was forecasted to reach 25 to 30 knots out of the northwest Friday evening, too strong for Walker’s Hook, so we moved down to the protection of Montague Habour. It was a dreary, foggy morning with visibility ranging from a half mile down to 50 metres, but it cleared by and we were back in business – the sunshine business. After a couple of nights, we were on our way again in search of new horizons.
We don’t spend a lot of time in the
(or the San Juans, for that matter) because we prefer
quieter, more remote destinations. By the time we are here, the weather
restricts us to well-protected anchorages. But this season, we arrived early enough
to get off the beaten path and finally visit one of the places I’ve had my eye
on for years: Gulf Islands , which lies directly off the Cabbage Island Marine Park Strait of Georgia.
It’s a beautiful spot, one we hope to visit again in the future, but it’s time to move on. There’s a change in the weather coming and we need an anchorage better protection, so we have to leave the fun and the sun behind while we hide out for a few days. If the forecast holds, the fine weather will be back in no time at all . . . and so will we.
Note: This blog entry was written
Tuesday, 06 October 2015.