Combine great friends, awesome weather, good food and a pretty boat and you get a little slice of Chesapeake heaven. After 2 weeks of travel or little wind, we finally got a chance to sail with Chico and Mel Viscovich up the Bay to Fleets Bay.
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Princess Louisa Inlet is one of those places where seeing truly is believing. Surrounded by rain forest, it’s the home of North America’s highest waterfall – James Bruce Falls, Chatterbox Falls and the hidden Trapper Falls. Through the forest, dozens more waterfalls cascade down the steep inlet slopes making this a lush and abundant ecosystem.
Our first full day in Princess Louisa Inlet was my birthday and it was an amazing way to wake up at the base of Chatterbox. We had rafted up to Wendy and Alan’s boat Blue Fin and had an awesome day planned. Alan was the crack of dawn collecting fresh oysters from a secret stash on shore for fried oysters later.
Tim and I dinghyed ashore for hike while Andy and Demeree explored the shoreline from their sea kayaks.
After our hikes and paddles, we all gathered together for a lazy afternoon. The weather was perfect and we took turns diving into the pristine water. Wendy fried up perfect oysters for an appetizer and we topped off the day with homemade pizzas. Tim brought all the fixings for my favorite-as-a-kid Watergate cake, an incredible treat in the middle of the remote wilderness. We all gathered for candles, champagne and green pistachio deliciousness.
Early next morning, Tim and I hopped into our dinghy and paddled with Alan over to the secret stash of oysters which low tide exposes. We gathered a few more for that night’s dinner. This time it was our turn to do the shucking…
Our next adventure for the day was to hike to the Trappers Cabin, an old cabin from the 1800’s that sits high above the Inlet. The trail was impressively rugged and though it was only a mile, it was almost literally straight up.
We were feeling pretty good about ourselves by the bottom and were tempted by homemade ice cream from Malibu Rapids. It was a several mile dinghy ride, but Andy and Demeree took on the challenge and brought some back in a cooler. It was the perfect treat after a rigourous day.
The next morning it was time to go. Tim and I woke up early and started paddling out the Inlet on the sea kayaks while Andy and Demeree would follow behind several hours later. It was a magical morning of seals, eagles, waterfalls and serenity. We were awestruck by the beauty around us.
We sailed all day on our way back to Smuggler Cove for the night. We got back just in time for yet another spectacular BC sunset.
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.
Once we entered into Canada, we were off to Butchart Gardens. There are only 4 moorings available in the Garden’s small harbor and we got there just in time. We relaxed on the boat for lunch and then went to explore the enormous gardens
OK, I know that the blog is getting confusing as far as time due to some very delayed posting…BUT here is where we pick with August’s adventures!
Friday 8/3, we began our first full day in Seattle in downtown Ballard, getting the last of our work done before taking off sailing for the next 10 days. While we worked away, the Blue Angels soared over the town practicing routines for the weekend’s SeaFair. I did take some time out to watch aerial loopdeeloops and also stumbled across the best sandwich EVER. Other Coast’s Ragin’ Cajun with spicy turkey, pepper jack cheese, red onions on incredible homemade bread. It’s a must do in Seattle.
After our day’s work, we checked out Dutch Bikes – bicycle shop, bar and coffee shop. While we sat on the sidewalk, enjoying a happy hour beer, the Cycle Saloon pedaled by. There is just so much to love about Seattle.
That night we returned to the boat and got to finally meet our 2nd boatmate for the next 2 weeks, Andy’s girlfriend, Demeree. 1 hour of laughter later it was perfectly obvious that we were all going to get along beautifully.
The next morning was spent with shopping and boat prep. We finally set sail around 3:00 pm and tacked our way up the Puget Sound towards Port Ludlow. We dropped anchor in the dark in a peaceful cove just in time for grilled salmon.
Sunday we woke to no wind, so we motored towards Stewart Island in the San Juans. I got a chance to do some driving of the boat which was the first stage of my improved sailing self confidence.
When we arrived to Stewart Island, we rafted up with a fellow Catalina 42, Blue Fin – sailed by Wendy and Allen. We also joined Dan and Billy and their incredibly gorgeous Taswell. Their spectacular boat reset the standard by which we will judge all other sailboat. We all gathered around, enjoyed a dinner of Pad Thai and relaxed during a beautiful sunset. Wrap up with our theme desert, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, it’s good living.
The next morning, we were bound for Canada. We were enroute to Sydney BC to check into customs. A prime Bouchart Gardens mooring was our goal and we knew that we needed to arrive early for one of the coveted spaces. While we were in customs, we got a chance to see the famed Janice of Wyoming Super Yacht. This spectacular 130 foot boat was very impressive, even more so since it’s from our home state!