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Old 07-24-2016, 10:23 PM   #181
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Need advice for first longer cruise.

Thanks for the complement. I'll be sure not to tell him.

But he is turning out to be a fine young man. Credit goes to his mother. 🙂
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:53 PM   #182
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But he is turning out to be a fine young man. Credit goes to his mother. 🙂

Goes without saying.

I do appreciate you asking him to keep an eye out for us.
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:44 AM   #183
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Goes without saying.

I do appreciate you asking him to keep an eye out for us.
Wifey B: YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's so great to see kids praised and though highly of. We're believers in them. We spend time with incredibly great young people. It's us who have left them such a mess. I get so royally p...ed off when I hear people blasting and condemning the young generation, like our generations have been so perfect? Just a real feel good to read the compliment and the proud parent. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:51 AM   #184
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:10 PM   #185
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BTW, did we mention that it is always rainy, cold, and dark up here in the PNW?
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:45 PM   #186
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WesK said it, it bears repeating A schedule can be one of the most dangerous things to have on a boat. Having to be somewhere on a certain date can cause you to make poor decisions. Decisions like running in poor weather or at night.
If you must be home by a certain date, I suggest planning your trip so you should arrive a few days earlier than that date. That way you will allow for weather or other problems.
In my 60 years of boating, if I had to pass on any advice it would be that.
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:52 PM   #187
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BTW, did we mention that it is always rainy, cold, and dark up here in the PNW?
Wifey B: Well, you certainly should have by all the photos you've shown.
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:59 PM   #188
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Old 07-25-2016, 04:06 PM   #189
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"BTW, did we mention that it is always rainy, cold, and dark up here in the PNW?"

Dave:

I know this is being picky, BUT

You left the PNW behind when you came to our country. I know the weather improved as soon as you arrived here, so please, in future acknowledge that you are now in the SW corner of BC, not the NW corner of Washington State.

You are now entering Desolation Sound, appropriately named by Capt George Vancouver when here was there a few Junes ago. You have to appreciate the improvement of July weather of June.
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Keith is exactly right. This is a typical day in sunny Southern British Columbia. 😊

I must say, the first view of Desolation Sound is very impressive.
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Keith is exactly right. This is a typical day in sunny Southern British Columbia. 😊

I must say, the first view of Desolation Sound is very impressive.
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"BTW, did we mention that it is always rainy, cold, and dark up here in the PNW?"

Dave:

I know this is being picky, BUT

You left the PNW behind when you came to our country. I know the weather improved as soon as you arrived here, so please, in future acknowledge that you are now in the SW corner of BC, not the NW corner of Washington State.

You are now entering Desolation Sound, appropriately named by Capt George Vancouver when here was there a few Junes ago. You have to appreciate the improvement of July weather of June.
And I'll pile on.

It's Thulin Passage with an "i" as in Charlie Thulin who came there in 1889 and named Lund after his home in Sweden. Most everyone in Lund has at least a bit of Thulin in them.
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Dave:

Now that you have arrived at the World's best cruising grounds, you need to go to the store at Refuge cove and buy whatever books they have in stock that will tell you the history of the area. There are too many good books for me to list here, but I will mention a couple of my favorites.
Spilsbury's coast, Jim Spilsbury
The Curve of Time, Wylie Blancet
Adventures in Solitude (what not to wear to a nude potluck), Grant Lawrence
Each from a different era, but these and others will give you an appreciation for how precious this area of BC is.

My wife Janet and I first came to Desolation Sound on our honeymoon in 1971. We started coming back when we got seriously into boating in 1976 and over the last 40 years rarely miss a summer. You will talk to many people who blow right on by, heading for the Broughtons or beyond Cape Caution, but thankfully, had they all stopped, DS would be too crowded. We have been further up, but love the DS area much more than the less populous areas further up. We strive to find the more remote anchorages and often have the place to ourselves.

We have cruised in the BVI and in Turkey, and though exploration of new and different lands is exciting, we always enjoy coming home to DS.
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BTW, did we mention that it is always rainy, cold, and dark up here in the PNW?
Every picture tells a story. Some not so nice as I recall those lost.

The first of this series, Dave (post 185) is Dinner Rock where in the darkness of 1947 the Gulf Stream struck rolled and 5, including an infant, drowned in the stern.

Your second picture is Savary Island which you see in my second one here of Gulf Stream.
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Now that you have arrived at the World's best cruising grounds, you need to go to the store at Refuge cove and buy whatever books they have in stock that will tell you the history of the area. There are too many good books for me to list here, but I will mention a couple of my favorites.
Spilsbury's coast, Jim Spilsbury
The Curve of Time, Wylie Blancet
Adventures in Solitude (what not to wear to a nude potluck), Grant Lawrence
There you go Dave, another prod to hit Refuge Cove.
Keith gives you a good start on books and I'll add;

Anything, anything on the Union Steamships but especially;

Whistle up the Inlet followed by Echoes of the Whistle by Gerald A Rushton

Union Steamships Remembered, 1920-1958 by Arthur M Twigg

The Good Company: An Affectionate History of the Union Steamships
by Tom Henry

And any of the Raincoast Chronicles series by various authors including Helen Meilleur a close family friend who grew up in Port Simpson and later lived at Bliss Landing.

And think about this while you BBQ whatever and sip a cocktail...everywhere you go up there, was settled first by natives mostly in canoes and then the whites by row boat.

The Thulins at Lund among them and the Finns who rowed from Nanaimo to Sointula.

Thulins built the first "licensed" hotel north of Vancouver.
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I'll add a couple of more for when you chose to go further north. I heard the owl call my name and full moon and flood time... As much as we like desolation sound... which we always stay for a few days... The remote areas of the Broughtons are pretty neat... Kingcome Inlet is spectacular especially late spring when the snow melt creates 1000+ foot water falls... Additional I think that Miles Inlet is one of the best anchorages on the coast... This is just my opinion though
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Dave:

SPOT tells me where you are.

What is your water temperature there? We have a picture hanging on our wall, of Retreat in Pendrell Sound, on a day the water temp was 87 F, the tiny glacier up on Mt Addenbroke on the distance.

This is a constant reminder of why we love the area.
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SPOT tells me where you are.
I doubt he can read us so we can talk about him.

I grinned and punched the air when I saw him making the run into Pendrell. He's hooked.

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