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Old 08-06-2016, 12:48 PM   #261
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Okeover dock is a nice dock and at .60 cents a foot a pretty good bargain. The Laughing Oyster restaurant was the bomb! Five thumbs up! Will definitely stop here next year!
We liked it so much, that this morning it was pouring rain and decided to stay here another night. Think it's a movie day!

Have a safe trip!
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:06 PM   #262
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The 45 mile cruise was really uneventful. The water was calm and the sun was out. We were also a ship down. Pairadice decided to stay in Desolation sound for the next couple of weeks before heading south. We will miss them a lot. We travelled outside the islands and the Straits of Georgia was glass, not a breath of wind.

Ballet Bay is a small bay off of Blind Bay. It is small and tucked behind a bunch of small islands. The anchorage can be a bit crowded. After one night here we decided to move around the corner to Sunset Bay. The bottom is all rock, but we able to fins a spot to get the anchor to stick. 30kt winds were scheduled for that day, so we stayed put. Kay and Brigitte went for a kayak safari to see what critters they could take photos of.

Later that evening our friends from Endless Tymes came over and we had dinner on the bow of ASD. After dinner we gathered on the bow for the sunset and some dancing. It was a lot of fun.

We are really happy we hooked up with Brigitte and Chris. They are showing us places we would have bypassed such as Ballet Bay and Sunset Bay. I believe we have made some long life friends.....
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:19 PM   #263
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Vancouver and False Creek

Talk about a different in contrast between the Broughtons and down town Vancouver! False creek is a fun place, It is a little bay in the middle of the city lined with shops and restaurants. There is even a cement plant here! There are several marinas (all full) and anchorage of to the side of the main channel. Several water taxis are busy delivering their riders to different stops. People are riding bikes, jogging or walking the path along side.

This is a magical place, well kind of in a different way. We anchored in 20 feet with only 40 feet of chain out and it holds!

The first night we ate at Craft Beer market which has over 100 local beers! The next day was the farmers market. We will stay 3 days the bid goodbye to our good friends Chris and Brigitte and head for Friday Harbor.


False Creek will always be on our list of places to stay.
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:14 PM   #264
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We are still enjoying your trip, thanks for sharing!

We plan to be in the islands sometime Friday morning through the weekend...maybe we will see you.

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Tom, you're in one of my favorite cities to visit and play in. It's expensive up there, but it's a LOT of fun.
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Tom!
We're across the bay on Bowen Island at the Union Steamship Marina. Not what we expected.
Maybe we will take the ferry over tomorrow and hook up with you guys.

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Old 08-12-2016, 03:43 PM   #267
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Chapter 31 More Vancouver and the crossing from hell

Kay had some more pics of False Creek she wanted to share. The day before we left Chris and Brigitte took us for a tour of the industrial side of Vancouver. Lots of grain ships waiting to be loaded. This was a very busy place too. Later we went to dinner for one last time.

On the 12th around 0800 we said goodbye to our new great friends Brigitte and Chris of Endless Tymes. I had checked NOAA weather the night before and it said 5-15kts of wind with seas at LESS than 1 foot. I should have checked Canadian weather. It took about an hour to get out of False Creek and English Bay. As we rounded the corner we got hit hard with rollers about 4 feet from the NW, with breaking wind on top. When you leave Vancouver to make your way south you have to go out into the Strait about 10 miles or so because of the Fraser River bar. So we were getting starboard beam waves rolling us back and forth for about 3 hours! It sucked! The sundeck got trashed, broken scotch glasses (however no scotch was wasted!) and anything on the galley tops were on the floor, along with some frig stuff.

One we made it out to where we could turn south, we were in following seas and the farther we got south of Point Roberts, the seas reduced to less than 1 foot. man that sucked! As we got closer to Friday Harbor a red U.S. Tug (recreational boat) was headed straight for our bow! Collision course. No matter what I did he match my course! WTF? The radio came alive. Hey ASD you want to move aside and let the little boats by! It was Carl and Vickie in their new boat the Vickie Lyn. After some conversation we will be meeting them Saturday morning in Reid Harbor. He needs his AIS transmitter hooked up....

When we pulled in to Friday Harbor we were whipped pups! No water, no clean cloths, the boat is trashed. Tying up to the dock never felt so good.
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We are still enjoying your trip, thanks for sharing!

We plan to be in the islands sometime Friday morning through the weekend...maybe we will see you.

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We will be at Friday Harbor until Saturday Morning, then over to Reid Harbor. Then waiting on weather windows for the trip back.
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Holy Crap Tom, It looks like you guys got your butts kicked by those beam rollers.


Glad you're tied up and have some time to clean up, relax and get mentally straight before you continue.
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Waiting on Weather

So why we wait for favorable weather in the Pacific Ocean, we are re-touring the San Juans from Friday Harbor to Reid and today Roche. We are rafted up to John and Tracey again right in front of the US Customs dock. What a zoo!

We also took the boat around Turn Light Point in hopes of seeing Orcas. These animals must be mystical or just plain do not exists! This entire trip we have see the big goose egg!!!! Not a one! They must be like Big Foot!!!

On the good side Kay has the bread making down so we have a fresh loaf of bread every few days!! Yum yum.
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While yer near Roche you should check out the Wescott Bay Seafood company around the corner in Wescott Bay. We were anchored in the bay for a few days and dingied over to their dock and got some fresh clams ($7/lb) and made some fresh clam chowder. Man that was good. they also have mussels and oysters.

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Tom, if you look on the Orca Network's Facebook page they have posts for recent sightings.
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Thanks all. Looks like the next window for travel will be later in the week, so we are going over to Oak Harbor to wait the weather and have some fun.
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I see that the Malibu left Desolation and is hanging out in Roche now. Beautiful boat.
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I work in Oak Harbor Monday through Thursday. PM me your slip and I'll drop by for a hello. If you need anything let me know.

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Hi Tom / Kay looks like Kay did an excellent job with the bread. We are back in the office and let me tell you it sucks. Counting down the time when we can join up with you again. Say hi to John and Tracy from us.
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Thanks Bob. I will be on "F" row and Pairadice will be on "G" row. We should be there late this afternoon.
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Hi Tom / Kay looks like Kay did an excellent job with the bread. We are back in the office and let me tell you it sucks. Counting down the time when we can join up with you again. Say hi to John and Tracy from us.
Safe travels and all the best.

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Kay says thank you and that you taught her a life long skill!! We miss you and we will stay in touch. Both of you need to print a picture of our travels and look at it everyday. 3 years to go and counting my friend.

I know you have a "Tom" list for your boat, so I see a road trip north!!!
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Still Waiting

This has now become a waiting game with mother nature. We decided to move over to Oak Harbor to wait as the weather would not be good for several days. The ride from Roche to Oak harbor was nice, but we bucked the current the entire way. The current under Destruction Pass has awesome power. However the trip to Oak Harbor was a crab trap nightmare! Pots everywhere to include the very narrow channel from the bridge to the bay. Then once you enter the bay there is no rime or reason as to how the Indians lay their traps. Put the sun in your face with ripples on the water and it is very nerve racking. By the time we got to the marina I needed a very large adult drink! Our friend on the Pairadice actually ran over a trap that was just under the surface.

This is a very nice marina and in great shape. There is a lot of jet noise from NAS Whidbey Island, but that is the sound of freedom. We have also found out it is cheaper to pay for a week of moorage than for 3 days. Today is Thursday and the weather is bad clear out to Tuesday. We will see.
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