Gulf Islands Cruise, Part 2

We left Port Browning marina on Monday and headed to Montague Harbour on Galliano Island, which I have written about before and is a favorite spot for many reasons. We were only able to sail a little bit, but we did see dolphins along the way – that is always a treat.

After anchoring we took a walk at the park and had a swim. The water is pretty cool in most of the bays, 63-64 degrees, so these are quick swims! Ralph calls them refreshing. On Tuesday it was Noah’s 16th birthday, so he and I went on an adventure that is famous in Montague Harbour, the pub bus to the Hummingbird Pub. The bus driver, Tommy, is a famous ex-bus driver from Vancouver who hands out percussion instruments as you board and everyone rocks out as we bump along. He stops to offer rides to anyone along the road and to point out things of interest (one thing is a very large meadow where a woman takes care of retired race horses).

The pub itself is nice enough, Noah and I shared nachos and had drinks (beer for me, a special fruit drink for him) and we watched the MLB all-star game on TV. It was a fun celebration and then we went back to the boat for spaghetti and birthday brownies.

On Wednesday we decided to check out Fulford Harbour on Saltspring Island. Saltspring Island is the largest of the gulf islands and is home to lots of funkiness – artists and free spirits abound. The town of Fulford is really cute and we enjoyed anchoring there for a night. Thursday we headed to Russell Island, just about 1.5 miles away, which is a tiny island that is part of the Gulf Islands National Park reserve. At one time the island was privately owned and there is a historical home on the island. To walk around the island takes about 30 minutes and it covered with lovely trees and has beautiful vistas. We met Henri and Anne there from ArielX and two other Sceptres showed up in the small anchorage – we had a fun time socializing, kayaking and hiking. No swimming in this area – the water registered at 59 degrees! We have to draw the line somewhere.

We stayed at Russell Island for 2 nights; it really is at the top of our current list of favorites. On Saturday we went to Madrona Bay, which is near Ganges on Saltspring. Anne and Henri had given us some bait for our crab trap, so on Saturday morning we set it out. Sunday we hauled it up, only to find one crab on top of the trap (?) and one crab in the trap, which we had to release because it was a female. Oh well, hopefully next time! I shouldn’t forget to mention that we went to the fabulous Ganges market on Saturday, which is filled with work by the local artists, local foods and fresh fruits and veggies. We got ice cream.

This morning Charlie and I took Noah over to Ganges with the dinghy to he could catch his flight back to Vancouver. It was fun having a young person on board. Today it was so windy and choppy that when Charlie and I got back to the boat we were soaked! Such is boat life sometimes. We are planning to go to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island tomorrow (in Washington), so we’ve depleted our fresh food as much as possible (strange border crossing rules we have in the U.S.) We need to check out of Canada before we wear out our welcome.

Sunset at Montague

Sunset kayaking at Montague

Noah and I on the Pub Bus

Noah and I on the Pub Bus

A beautiful collage mural by local artists

A beautiful collage mural by local artists

Russell Island

Russell Island

One of the giant jellyfish around here

One of the giant jellyfish around here

My kayaking buddy

My kayaking buddy

Pizza party with Anne and Henri

Ralph and Noah squaring off at an old form of checkers

Ralph and Noah squaring off at an old form of checkers

Panorama from Russell Island views

Panorama from Russell Island views

Russell Island sunset

Russell Island sunset

Catching crabs - this is a girl so she gets thrown back

Catching crabs – this is a girl so she gets thrown back

Noah taking off from Gnges

Noah taking off from Ganges

Learning how to drive

Learning how to drive

Sunset at Montague

Sunset at Montague

Resting during our hike at Montague Park

Resting during our hike at Montague Park

Beach dog taking a break

Beach dog taking a break

Brave Noah jumping in

Brave Noah jumping in

Pub bus fun

Pub bus fun

Toasting his 16th!

Toasting his 16th!

Noah and Tommy Transit, the famous pub bus driver

Noah and Tommy Transit, the famous pub bus driver

Birthday brownies

Birthday brownies

Noah giving the thumbs up to classic Johns family cuisine, the spaghetti burrito

Noah giving the thumbs up to classic Johns family cuisine, the spaghetti burrito

Apples growing on Russell Island

Apples growing on Russell Island

Russell Island - dog and boy friendly

Russell Island – dog and boy friendly

Crab trap ready!

Crab trap ready!

Crab trap down - this is what you see from the surface

Crab trap down – this is what you see from the surface

2 thoughts on “Gulf Islands Cruise, Part 2

  1. Great photos! We picked up Noah last night and he’s back in LA for just one day, then back to St. Louis tomorrow with sisters Jacie and Abra.
    Thanks Aunt Tricia and Uncle Ralph for treating Noah to a great experience. I’m sure hiss 16th birthday will be a great story to tell for the rest of his life😘

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