Princess Louisa Inlet Sum It Up Sunday
Passing Time in Princess Louisa InletSunday, June 05, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA
The view from behind as we approach
Rapids, the entrance to Malibu . Princess Louisa Inlet
It's been a couple of weeks since our last Sum It Up Sunday, but I can't say that we've made two week's worth of progress when you have no where to go, getting there takes time. But this season isn't about making miles for us, it's about making memories and one of the ways we've been doing that is by spending time with some of the people we've met over the years. This week it was Tom and Gale on Impossible Dream, a couple we "bumped" into nine or ten times last year when we were in
. The plan: take a trip up to Alaska , one of Princess Louisa Inlet 's most beautiful fjords, to British Columbia . Chatterbox Falls
, we crossed the Nanaimo Strait of Georgia and spent a couple of days anchored in waiting for Tom and Gale to catch up. They arrived on Friday and we started our reunion together properly with dinner and drinks. Pender Harbour
Saturday came early and we woke up to rain and a cold boat, turning the heater on for the first time since we left
. The forecast was for southeasterly winds building to 35 knots in the afternoon and neither David nor I thought Impossible Dream, which has no cockpit enclosure, would be going anywhere . . . but they did. Well, we couldn't wimp out then, despite the fact that cuddling up with a good book sounded like the ideal way to pass the day. So, we followed suit. There was only one problem: To enter Kingston , you have to pass through a set of rapids 42 miles away at slack water and it was our drop-dead departure time. Princess Louisa Inlet
, there was more wind to be found but in true Pender Harbour Pacific Northwest fashion it was right on the nose, as was the current. We weren't going to make it, so we decided to pull the plug after a couple of hours and anchor in Dark Cove overnight.
Out of the wind and chop, it was a pleasant anchorage and night. Tom and Gale came over with dinner (Tom's hearty chicken stew perfect fare for the conditions) and we passed another nice evening together, this time without as much beer and wine in preparation for an early start the next morning. By , we were on our way again but, this time, we were going to make it.
It was great to be back in
and the days passed quickly with afternoons spent in the kayak or chatting on the dock with Tom and Gale . . . I even squeezed in a hike up to Trapper's Cabin. Princess Louisa Inlet
Tom's brother, John (whom we also met in
), arrived Wednesday afternoon on his sailboat, Gypsy Woman. They're both headed to back Alaska and were eager to get moving. So much so, that we missed saying goodbye when they left the dock Friday morning . . . one minute they were there, the next minute they were gone. As for us, we're in no hurry and spent one final day at Alaska before waking up Saturday morning at to ride the tide down Jervis Inlet. By , we were back in Chatterbox Falls and ready for our next adventure: The Pender Harbour Blues Festival. Our friend's band was playing and we were anxious to see him again. Pender Harbour
And that's pretty much how we ended our week with excellent music, good friends and plenty of sunshine. How about you?