Boat stuff….

Every month ,Bert starts the engine, checks all the connections, runs the engine till warm, then puts the boat in forward, then reverse, and we can watch all the funny ,salt water stuff come off the hull!!     Amazing what grows down there, plus quite a bit of “stuff” comes off near the galley through hull, but i am very careful all the time, no grease, no strange things!!!    He then checks all the batteries and fills them up with distilled water.  he then checks the hydraulic oil level for the steering system, we also have hydraulic propulsion, and he checks all the connections , the hydraulic motor and the pump.

We have always had an expansion tank for the water system, it had a certain amount of air in it, at the top, the rest water, and it gave the system pressure, but the poor water pump seemed to always have trouble with this, it would work great one day, then the next, it would sputter and cough, keep on running, or not run at all, always complaining, so finally, after 14 years (yes!!!) we took it out, or rather Bert took it out, we also took the filters off the taps, the galley one had a special Brita on it, the head one a small filter, but, both these systems would cause a back pressure,   and again, constant coughing and sputtering from the pump.     So, we got ride off it all, bought a Brita canister, fill that every evening, water tastes great, the pump is super happy, and it only took 14 years!!!!

Next week, i bring all the carpets away, for cleaning, there is a super good business here in Victoria, http://www.luvarug.com   , most boats dont have carpet, but we like it, its warm, soft, soundproof, comes in several pieces , all bound on the edges, easy to work with.  So, other then that, i have to wash the ceiling, that happens tomorrow…….i think……..

Strange collections along the way.

Remember in one of my posts, long time ago, there was this tree, full of shoes, they were put there in memory of a young man who lost his life.

well, this time we found locks, many, many locks!!   not sure what or who started this, but we found them in two places, at the Light house trail and on the way out of the West coast.From friends i found out, plus finally remembered ,that in Paris, France, under the bridges ,over the Seine, people starting tying pad locks to the structure of the bridge, but as this went on, the incredible weight of the steel locks, became a problem and they all had to be cut off.    Well, at least these locks near Ucluelet ,will stay……  Unless, they are a problem for the fences…… you just never know…..

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Pad locks, many, many pad locks……

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And some more….

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Light house trail, Rain forest trail….

We are so grateful that the weather stayed nice and dry, especially for that area , where it almost rains all the time!!     We walked the Light house trail a couple of times, all we had to do is step outside of the door of where we were staying, it was very busy on the walk, being Saturday and Sunday, but the walk is worth it.      The ocean is as always amazing, over powering, and truly wild and beautiful.

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Trail map.

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Wild and gnarly trees.

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Boats we meet, things we see….

We always head to the marinas, especially Bert loves to check on which boats overwintered there, and the different kinds of sailboats that are tied up.    Both Ucluelet and Tofino have a large fishing fleet, only the odd one goes out this time of year.   But we were after the sailboats, and we found just a few.

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This is “White Dragon” a beautiful ketch.

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This is “MAHINA TE PUA” a beautiful little schooner.

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SV GRIZZLY BEAR

What i felt, what i wrote….

CLOSING MY EYES , THEN OPENING THEM AGAIN, AND I AM STILL HERE ,AT THIS WILD AND GREEN WEST COAST, THE SWORD FERNS AND DEER FERNS LINING THE PATHWAYS,LARGE HEMLOCK,CEDAR AND FIR, I CAN HEAR THE OCEAN ,THE SWELL, BREAKING AGAINST THE SHORE.     THE AIR IS FRESH, SO OVERPOWERING ,MY LUNGS FILL TO THE FULLEST WITH EVERY BREATH.    AN EAGLE CALLS OUT IN EARLY MORNING,DAWN BARELY BREAKING ,I CAN HEAR THE SURF, FAR AWAY, AS THE TIDE IS OUT.     IT IS QUIET, NO RAIN, NO WIND, THE LICHEN HANG LIMP FROM THE TREES, ONE OF THE MANY PEACEFUL COLORS OF GREEN.

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BRIGHTEST OF GREEN, DEER FERN.

Getaway to Ucluelet.

On February 3rd. Bert had his birthday, he is now 70!!!!       We decided to go away for a weekend and celebrate, Karen and Trev had told us about http://www.thecabins.ca   , and thats where we headed to.     This resort is located right next to the light house trails, nestled in the trees, from your room you can hear the swell and breaking of the waves of the ocean.   Ucluelet is lovely, still a small town, not as touristy as Tofino has become,  there are several great restaurants, i found them all on Tripadvisor.com  , one of them is “HANKS “, super good food and lots of it!!      Because it was a long weekend, ( i had no idea), it was darn busy, Sunday morning, for   breakfast, we had to drive to Tofino, every place in Ucluelet was full, not a table to be found!!    But it worked out well, as on the way back we walked the Rain forest trail.

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Our room, beautiful heh?????

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Where we live….

I am just reading what i wrote, saying “we had lots of snow here, LOTS!!”   yeah right, say the folks back East, especially in Newfoundland right now, i remember  living in Cape Breton, with my sister and her family, and that first winter , this was in 1967 , we had so much snow that we had to crawl out of the second floor window, plus we could not find the car!!!!    I have the most wonderful memories of that year, the day i had to walk home , up Pleasant Hill, after my days work at Canadian Tire, the blizzard was in full power, i could not see a thing, everything white, i knew i was heading up hill, my sister lived at the top, but could not identify anything, when all of a sudden a dog stood in front of me, looked at me, started walking , up the hill, i followed him, all the way to the top, right to the farm house, and he disappeared into the snow, never saw him again!!!!feb-snow-and-ice-and-ucluelet-019

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This house is on our route to the stores, every time we go by, every seagull in the area is standing on this roof, we figured that the owner is a fisher man, maybe they get tidbits,but in the meantime i found out from my friend Amber ,that the lady living there , feeds them, she , once upon a time found a dead ,very skinny seagull in her yard and since that time she been feeding these guys!!  Lucky birds!!!

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Two very handsome pigs at a farm on West Saanich rd. Saltspring Island in the background.