On August 25th, we motored to Granite bay, (Takish Bay), we left at 13.00 , so the tide would be in our favor. There were no wind warnings for Johnstone Strait that day…. Amazing actually, there is ALWAYS wind in Johnstone Strait!!! We had to time it right on August 26th, to go through Seymour narrows, no room for mistakes!! We left at 12.30, in Granite bay, slack water would be at 15.22, turning to flood. We did well, there are some pretty tricky spots concerning the tides in Johnstone Strait. We anchored again at April Point , boats generally dont anchor there, but we find the holding excellent, and its a fun view, watching all the big ships go by, especially the cruise ships, they all go through Seymour Narrows. One of them was the very huge ship, “THE WORLD” , apparently you can live on that ship, IF you have a ton of money that is.
We have a young couple on the docks here this year, they have a one year old little guy, his name is Neville!!! This little boy is a joy in the marina, we can hear his bubbly laugh everywhere, and yes, he was named after Port Neville, his momma has very fond memories of Port Neville.
A photographer’s dream that morning….. Continue reading
We seemed to have trouble keeping the batteries charged, Bert even replaced the alternator , thinking that could be the problem, well, when we came back from Billy’s house , towards the boat, i could smell a very strong smell, we entered the boat and the stink was overwhelming, it came out of the engine room, and here Bert found the starter battery, red hot, smoldering , the stink was terrible, he managed to disconnect it, and we then realized that that was the charging problem, this battery was old, but we always checked it, and added distilled water , thank God we came back to the boat, as we had planned to cruise around in the bay a bit longer. The message is: replace things in a boat when they are getting old and could cause trouble. Heading to Boughy Bay….August 23.
I really had to stop and think about this, 50 years, feels like a life time, well, it is!! I came to Canada on that day, in 1967, all but 18 years young, heading for Nova Scotia, where my sister lives. I have not regretted one day for moving here, for becoming Canadian, i am still as proud to be one as on that first day!!
We anchored in Shoal harbour, where we once upon a time, a few years back, were broken down, had to try to reach a mechanic from Port McNeill, taking the dinghy to Pierre’s , around the corner of Billy Proctor’s place, but that is old news, we did have a look this time at Pierre’s ,but it was very quiet, almost deserted. We stopped in to see Billy, he was sitting in front of the little museum , together with his new dog, and it was not hard to get him talking, telling stories about what had been happening. We asked about Nikki Van Schyndel, the girl who wrote the book: BECOMING WILD, she also was running an eco tour ,taking folks out around Gilford island, teaching them how to live in the wild, which plants to eat, which not, her book is great, a very courageous thing she did , living out in the middle of no where, with no modern means to survive. Billy told us that her business was shut down by the First nations and the parks branch. She was infringing on their life style, and lets face it, the truth is , she was taking away business from them, folks loved to go with her, the tours were so very worth while, i dont know what has happened, havent heard any more, but i dont think she will give up. Billy stated that things were definitely changing , he said, who knows, how long i am able to stay here, as his homestead in sitting on a First nation midden…… Uncertain times……
Going through Retreat Passage, we had the tide with us, and managed to do a phenomenal speed for Curtsy, i took a photo, no one would believe this…
We left Port McNeill on August 21st, weather was good, no wind, tide running in our favor, engine hours: 2170.5 Came across a saying , needs to be shared:
WHEN A MAN HAS NOTHING , HE MAY FINALLY LEARN THE VALUE OF ALL THINGS.
It was an interesting trip to Shoal harbour, animals everywhere, we saw Stellar Sealions, Sea otters , black bear,and two large spouts of a Humpback Whale; a good day!! I was hoping to go and see Billy Proctor but Bert was undecided about everything, i believe something was bothering him abut the engine, there didnt seem to be proper charging and he thought it to be the alternator. Once anchored in Shoal harbour, Bert changed the alternator , we have spares for just about everything except the engine…….
I did a bit of research of the Nautical miles we traveled, here is an estimate;
GLACIER BAY- PRINCE RUPERT;380 PRINCE RUPERT-PORT HARDY ( PORT MCNEILL)277, PORT HARDY-NANAIMO;207 NANAIMO-SIDNEY;73
SO 937 total, give or take, long trip. here are some of the animals we met.