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Old 10-13-2019, 08:52 PM   #501
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AKMary,
Indeed “dull days” “are the best”.
I was born in Juneau in December and probably didn’t see the sun till I was 4 months old.
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:31 PM   #502
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Good to hear as after the great weather thatís been had, tomorrow the rains a coming...
I donít think 40 days and 40 nights but no sunshine in the long range forecast.
Canít complain... itís been great!

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Old 10-14-2019, 08:28 PM   #503
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Yes....
Even ďdullĒ is beautiful....

After a fuel and supply run to Cambell River, I'm back at Heriot Bay Inn.
Will hang out here figuring out the weather to leave northward. Wind n rain moving in starting tomorrow...
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:27 PM   #504
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Hey there Frank....stopped by the Emma B yesterday but missed you. We'll be out cruising for the next few days so we may see each other. We're heading north through Seymour and beyond; gale warnings in the gulf preclude going around the bottom of Quadra.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:33 PM   #505
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Awesome
I’m looking at tidal timings to head up...
Hope to see you along the way.
My earliest at Lagoon Cove “IF...IF IF” all goes well is Friday or Saturday.
I’ll look for the big blue boat ��
Keep your eye out for the little yellow/cream one ��
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:50 PM   #506
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Well Conrad...
I left HBI headed to Octopus Islands with intentions of heading up Hole in the Wall tomorrow.
Even Calm Channel has 25+ forecast on the beam and once through Gillards... hard on the beam again...
So, I did what every old guy would... I’m back at HBI having dinner and wine ��
Where are you?
What’s the weather-seas like there?
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:42 PM   #507
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Still waiting on weather to settle so I can head N
There are worst places to be stuck...
Heriot Bay Inn-Marina is funky. No other way to put it.
An old inn with rooms, cabins, a locals bar, nice restaurant, camp ground and marina.... itís a super casual, laid back and friendly place.
Bonus is a nice grocery store complete with beer and liquor is just up the hill out back.
Always felt ďat homeĒ here...
That alone says it all.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:50 PM   #508
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Hello Frank. Just got a message from my brother and he asked me to pass on his location to you. Conrad is in Cameleon harbour until Saturday morning and then back to Campbell river. Poor cell connection. Doug
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:28 PM   #509
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Man you’re killing me with all these cool places. Thanks for taking us along. Sail on brother.
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Old 10-17-2019, 05:00 PM   #510
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Hello Frank. Just got a message from my brother and he asked me to pass on his location to you. Conrad is in Cameleon harbour until Saturday morning and then back to Campbell river. Poor cell connection. Doug
Iíve been stuck at Heriot Bay with this blow. Headed to Octopus tomorrow so doesnít look like Iíll be seeing the big blue boat 😁
Say hello for me. Hopefully I see him late November at CR
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:12 PM   #511
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Made it out of Heriot Bay but headed to Desolation Sound. Easy trip with just a bit of left over roll on the strait.
Passing the bell market at Sutil Point, Cortes, always reminds me of ďJawsĒ and with the sloppy roll today it was dinging just like the movie
Watched a humpback feed near Mink island along the way..
Anchor is down in Predieax Haven and there are NO OTHER BOATS here or in Melanie cove. To anyone thats been here in season... a miracle.
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:54 PM   #512
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Rained most of last night and this morning. The typical “room with a view” anchorage was dull with limited visibility.
Went for a very slow “putt” around and ended up through Refuge Cove and a stop at the Squirrel Cove dock to stretch my legs before idling over to Squirrel Cove to anchor for the night.
Batteries charged, water hot.... bit of boat clean up, a hot shower, dinner and after dish’s, a Netflix show or two before crashing. Sometimes dull “putt around” days are great!
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:38 PM   #513
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Last few days have been kinda miserable. Dull, rain and cool. Cold in the morning. Heh...was a really good run until a few days ago and it is fall in the PNW!
Iím nestled in Squirrel Cove and was going to move again today to charge batteries and heat the water but once outside, it was wet and choppy and with no need to be anywhere, I turned back in, anchored and grabbed a book.
I rarely if every see another boat as it gets later on...
Desolation Sound and Melanie Cove were empty a couple of nights ago. There would be pushing 200 combined during summer months Iím sure!
When I do see the occasional other cruiser this late itís always a trawler.
You can imagine my disbelief as I look up to see about a 36ft sailboat coming in... blowing a bit out there, rain and all...
He (I assume) exposed at the helm
Her (I assume) at the bow waiting to drop the hook...
After about 15 minutes, hook down and set, they are still out side and the rain has picked up.
Iím a long term sailor first but oh my..... for fall cruising out here... I love my little trawler!
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:28 PM   #514
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After a few rather boring rain days, awoke to fog. Once it started to lift, there was the sun! Had to get underway to enjoy it!
Funny how a mood improves with a bit of sunshine.
Pic was as fog lifted in the back of Squirrel Cove.
Was thinking I should make a calendar with the better pics but no one uses them anymore.
Our phones have become ďeverythingĒ
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:34 PM   #515
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I see sun in your forecast - looks like a lovely weekend ahead. Do you encounter much in the way of commercial fishing operations during your fall travels? The Puget Sound area is thick with commercial seiners right now.

Enjoy your sunny afternoon!
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:51 PM   #516
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Yes! Long range is sun for a while!
Moved the boat to Copeland islands yesterday to charge batteries and heat water. Short hop to Lund today so I could get off and walk. Have been “boat bound” too long...
Tomorrow to Powel River. Clean and provision as crew arrives Saturday. The sun will be a bonus!
As to do I encounter the fishing fleet this time of year.. simple answer is I rarely encounter any boats at all! Honestly... some days pass and I’ll be the only boat moving. It was a big deal to see a sailboat come into Squirrel Cove the other day.
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:59 PM   #517
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Hey there Frank, sorry we missed each other last week. Wasn't the best weather for sure, although we had a break last Friday where we managed to be feted by a pod of Dall's Porpoises just off of Thurston Bay in Nodales Channel. Pretty amazing to experience. We're heading back out again tomorrow but at this point I'm not sure where we're going.
Still heading north?
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Old 10-23-2019, 04:33 PM   #518
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Awesome you had that experience!
Lucked out in 2015 with Dahlís Porpoises like that, then last year with a huge pod of dolphins. Amazing when it happens isnít it!!
Iíll be heading up that way from Octopus next Thursday to Shoal Bay, then to Big Bay (across from Gillards), then Heriot Bay for that weekend. Wind and weather look great!
Have fun!
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Old 10-23-2019, 06:46 PM   #519
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Dull days are the best. I never get tired of dropping the kayak and poking about the shoreline or just lazing in the sun. Next year I hope to stay out later and enjoy some off-season cruising, Emma B style.



You've inspired me to start doing some serious research on adding solar. I'm no accomplished handyman, but I can read and follow directions and I'm excellent at sleuthing out how-to videos.

Thanks for the gorgeous pics. Enjoy those dull days!
Good looking boat AKMARY
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:57 PM   #520
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Note they are really trying at the Lund Hotel!
A few years back they closed in the off season. Now they’re open and have daily happy hour specials. Today was 25 cent wings!
Haven’t seen that in a while ...
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