First I opened one eye, then in disbelief that it was already daylight, I opened the other to verify. Damn! I begrudgingly sat up, then got up and headed for the generator shack. Inspecting my surroundings on the way there and back revealed nothing out of the ordinary. That’s a good sign, right? Upon returning… Continue reading Silverlox and the Big Bad Bear – Part II
According to Spruceroots.org, Haida Gwaii is home to the largest black bears in North America. In March of last spring, for the first time since our arrival the previous September, we began to see some bear sign while on our occasional hikes. We had always been wondering if the bears here actually hibernate or not… Continue reading Silverlox and the Big Bad Bear
We lay at anchor in Security Cove through my birthday (I’m 55 👀). Wendi made me my favourite – Black Forest Cake – and it was a very nice day. Later in the evening we got a weather forecast from the InReach Sat Phone and made plans to leave on the morning high tide of… Continue reading Holed up at Security Cove
We motored out through Browning Passage at high tide on Thursday the tenth of August at 16:00 hours. We didn’t find wind until after 8:00 PM and then we raised the sails, sailing WNW with Yankee and Main, close-hauled on a port tack. That didn’t last long though and by shortly after 10:00 PM we… Continue reading What actually happened was…
– Richmond to Port McNeill Video – Good-Bye Port McNeill – Here on the North Island, they call it “Faugust”. The morning of Friday, the fourth of “Faugust” was socked in with a very heavy fog. A red sun tried its best to burn the fog away but was impotent through the blanket of forest… Continue reading To Lands End
July 24 So, we decided to give Seymour Narrows and Ripple Rock a miss on Saturday evening to spend Sunday in Gowland Harbour. We spent the day recommissioning the water maker – what a pain in the ass, (actually the head, the back and the hands). The high, slack tide at Seymour… Continue reading Cruisin’ to Haida Gwaii – Part II
Saturday, July 22 With the Fraser River just a memory and the Strait of Georgia in our rearview mirror, we awoke to grey skies and drizzle here in Gowland Harbour. Gowland Harbour is a very quiet and protected little harbour just across Discovery Passage and to the north of Campbell River. Seymour Narrows is six… Continue reading Cruisin’ to Haida Gwaii – Part I
Our plan for five weeks on the hard to get the boat ready for the summer-long trip back to Haida Gwaii has now turned into two months. We did manage to get her into the water on schedule but now we’ve spent more time than anticipated gathering supplies and materials and doing some more [unplanned]… Continue reading T-9, 8, 7, 6
June 4th Update: We’ve been at Shelter Island Marina in Richmond, BC since May 24th. We were unpleasantly surprised by a few things that needed to be taken care of immediately, which included ruptured water lines and pump from an unusually harsh Vancouver winter, a boat full of mold and mildew and a ruined djembe… Continue reading On the Hard & Hard at it!
It was 18:00 on the 24th of May when we finished saying our good-byes to The Outpost. As the first of The Outpost summer staff unloaded their gear from the Beaver, we loaded ours, said hello, said good-bye and boarded the plane for Masset. By 16:00 we had all but resigned to the growing likelihood… Continue reading Escape The Outpost!