With Gardens and Customs under our belt, it was time to do some sailing. Tuesday morning we started with Cowboy Omelet, pulled up anchor and motored out of Butchart. Next up was the port at Ganges where we’d stock up for our next few days in the remote Princess Louisa Inlet. We wouldn’t see a grocery for a week so it was time to shop.
Once we had provisioned Journey, we got back underway. Our next destination was Wallace Island to meet up with Allen and Wendy on Blue Fin. A storm was brewing in the distance, which brought some brisk breezes and an amazing sunset.
On Wednesday we’d take our biggest sail yet, across the open waters of the Strait of Georgia – the waterway which separates Vancouver Island from mainland British Columbia. We set out early in order to miss the high winds of the afternoon. We motored cork-like across the choppy seas and finally reached the BC Coast after 3 hours. We sailed protected waters East of Texada Island and the winds went from 10 mph to 20 mph.
Though we’d reached our destination, the perfect sailing weather was too good to pass up and we spent the next 2 hours close hauled to the wind with a heel of 30 degrees and testing how fast Journey could go.
After our afternoon of sailing we tucked into Smuggler Cove, a beautiful hideaway. Andy and Demeree toured the cove on their sea kayaks while Tim and I rowed the dinghy, exploring the lagoons. After a dinner of curry, we rinsed our dishes off the back as the water glowed with phosphorescence.
The next morning we set sail for our final destination. The remote Princess Louisa Inlet. The day was spectacular and though the winds came and went, it was an amazing trip into this remote corner corner of the Pacific.
Here we setup our anchored camp for the next 3 days. At the base of Chatterbox Falls, miles away from a town, road or cell tower, we were truly away from it all.