Our trip south from Desolation Sound included several really great days of sailing. Most of the time it seems like we are fighting the wind, if there is any, so it was a treat. We left Squirrel Cove and stayed on the dock at Texada Island for a couple of nights, then headed to Pender Harbour, then to Nanaimo, and then to the Victoria area. We got reservations at Victoria’s Inner Harbour, right in the heart of downtown, and docked easily at the front of the marina, right by the public way. It was really fun to be there, so much energy with tourists everywhere and lots of street vendors and performers. One strange thing that it seemed like, being at the dock, we were a part of the tourist attractions – lots of people walking the dock, looking in our windows, some taking photos of themselves with our boat – it was strange but OK.
Amy arrived first, and she and Ralph hit the Royal British Columbia museum right away and really enjoyed that. Jacob arrived the next day and we all took a walk through old town and china town and enjoyed some time at a pub together (including Charlie, who has been in heaven with us all together). Amy and I treated ourselves to High Tea at an old mansion, which was delicious.
After three days in Victoria, we headed out to the southern Gulf Islands, first staying at tiny Russell Island where we kayaked and swam, even though the water was a brisk 59 degrees. The next day we went to Montague Harbour and the kids and I took the pub bus to the Hummingbird – a treat not to be missed! Our last day in the islands was spent at Beaumont anchorage, with lovely hiking and kayaking.
We are now at Port Sidney Marina after a fantastic sail here, topping 9 knots. We sadly bid Amy goodbye this morning. Jacob and I plan to do a tour of a local distillery this afternoon before he leaves tomorrow. It has been so wonderful to spend this time as a family, it has been very special for me and everyone has done well with the close quarters, etc.
Next up for us is that we are heading back up north again for family reunion #2! More on that next time.