We decided to stay a bit longer, the weather has not been good, lots of rain, but in between all that we managed to walk on Newcastle Island, in the evening, and it ended up being an amazing walk to say the least. I had not brought my camera, usually, every time i dont do that, i see all kinds of wildlife, lots of interesting critters, this time was no exception!!!! Starting off, at the dock, all the many birdhouses for the Purple Martins were occupied with parents and babies, right at face level!!!!! This because of the high tide, they just sat there, looking at us with their little black eyes!! These birds were just about extinct , and are now breeding here in good numbers. Walking up the woodsy path, we came across 20 Canada geese, all standing on one leg, dozing, would have been a great picture……. A small Raccoon , busy on the beach, digging up bugs in the seaweed, saw us, and charged up the bank, into a tree, and then sat , right at face level, looking at us!!!! It then started to clean his tail, not paying any attention to us whatso ever!!!! A few yards further, another Raccoon, big one this time, was busy on the beach also, this fellow though, must have felt our eyes, looked up, and was in the top of the biggest tree in about 5 seconds!!! Then an owl called, a Barred owl, recognizing it from its hoots. A sure sign that there could be an owl in the forest, is to listen for the robins, calling their warning call, they get very upset at this bird, as its after their babies. We didnt see him though…… Nine female deer grazed on the meadow, no bucks among them….. Further in the woods, where the path becomes very narrow, all of a sudden , five heads popped out of the Salal, five Otters , on their way to the beach, to catch fish. They came from a small pond. But,a problem, there we stood,( not moving a muscle), would they keep going.???? They tried to cross 3 times, each time just not sure and stopping in the middle of the path. Then they gave up, went back to the pond, and we saw them swimming as we walked by. Then the owl called again, Barred owl for sure, lots of Robin calls also, we ventured into the woods, carefully, and ended up under the tree where the owl was sitting, the Robins were just furious at him, and dove down at him continuously , flipping up the feathers on his head with their feet. By the way, Barred owls have black eyes, one way to recognize them. Dusk was slowly falling, and the forest became very quiet, when we walked out into the clearing, 4 beautiful bucks, all with antlers, were lying on the grass, they just looked at us, didnt get up, and quietly kept chewing. A great evening, no camera, but i think i enjoyed just being able to listen, and watch, and smell the fresh green smells of the forest.
I have been posting a few things on the beading blog, if you are interested, the address is http://www.blissfulbeadingonaboat.wordpress.com ok, just figured out why no one could get into the blog, its (apparently) blissful with one “l”.. sorry about that, i had no idea!!!!!
While in Port Townsend, we found nice little speakers, white ones, for in the cockpit, i would like to play Mozart out there, to see, if the marine animals will react, especially the whales. Plus, yes, also play all our other music!!! Also, we bought a new floor for in the cockpit, white this time, the black was so dingy and dark, yes i know, white you say?? good luck keeping that clean Mejan, but these are actually easier to clean then the black ones,they are softer, and it really looks like the cockpit is larger…….We bought In Reach in Sidney, a program for tracking and for simple emailing and emergencies, and Bert has been working very hard on getting the SSB all set up, not as easy a task as we thought…… Then, we ordered a life raft, we are not bolting it to the deck, but have it in the bag, right below the main large hatch in the front, we have heard and read about too many horror stories , about the case , the life raft is in, breaking lose from the deck. So, hopefully our decision is a good one, plus, we never ever hope to have to use it!!!! For the rest, the micro greens are growing, the carpet has been cleaned, looks awesome , and generally the boat is in good shape. Bert has been working on the wood, when he feels like it, the Cetol looks great, he put 5 coats on, around the windows too, we have tried everything else , so we’ll see if this holds up.
When i was trying to post this photo, all connections stopped, so it was left hanging in the air so to speak…. in the photo you can see the dark sky behind Bert, this ended up being a very strange rain shower, the drops were huge, and as they hit the water, they made a plop sound and an air bubble floated on top of the water, i wish i could have recorded this, it was like a small orchestra playing, with beautiful crystal instruments. The sun kept on shining, the whole time, but there was no rainbow. Just had to share this with you!!!
We ended up sailing all the way to Clam Bay, always like staying here, and took the dinghy through the cut between Kuper Island and Thetis island. We take the dinghy to Telegraph Harbour marina, and walk the island, in search of some wildflowers. ( picked a great bouquet!!!). On wednesday, the 19th, we headed to Dodd Narrows, in the late afternoon, slack would be at around 7. But the tides were not very large, and while i made dinner, Bert motored through the narrows well before slack. I do not like Dodd, as some motor boats go through there with great speed, creating huge waves, not comfy in such a small area, so i stayed down below, creating an awesome salad!!!! Now we are in Nanaimo, trying to download all kinds of files for the SSB, and figuring out which tracking to use for this summer’s trip. I have been creating more with my beads, finishing the Shakra beads for my friend Margo, and also making crystal sun catchers for in windows. You can see them on my other blog; http://www.blissfullbeadingonaboat.wordpress .com . We are staying here till sunday, visiting with Bert’s daughter and her family, sunday looks like a good day to cross, WG should be quiet and not in use, ( Whiskey Golf, training area for navy in Georgia Strait), plus we might be able to sail a bit. Will write again once on the other side!!
We sailed here the next late afternoon, just enough wind to have some fun. We hoped to visit our friends Liz and John here, and maybe tie to one of their buoy. They bought a great house here, we love the setting and very much so, the house itself. Liz cooked us a great dinner, and we spend a nice evening with them. Its hard, to keep saying so long to all of our friends, but, we hope to someday come back this way again, and settle in the area. In the meantime, the blog is a great way also, to keep in touch.
If we leave it out in the water all the time, the barnacles slowly take over, and its very hard , both on the skipper and the bottom of the dinghy, to scrape them off!!!