We are spending the holidays exploring the Canadian Gulf Islands. Now, we've spent years roaming these waters during the crowded summer months, but never during the middle of winter. We are hoping to visit a new place or two, locations that are generally so crowded during the busy cruising season that we have always passed right by them.
We hit the fuel dock on our way out and chatted with Tony (now working part-time at the fuel dock since his retirement as an on-air personality on THE prominent AM talk radio station in Seattle) about our destinations. One place we hope to visit is Wallace Island. Tony has been there before and mentioned that he left a memento in the the cruisers cabin.
It was cold outside as we motored a long day from La Conner to the customs clearance station at Bedwell Harbor on South Pender Island, BC. After we cleared customs we had time to drop anchor nearby and settle in before dark.
|Anchored in Bedwell Harbor, BC|
|Kathy out for a row in the light rain just before dark.|
|Kevin and Cindy both enjoy reading, anytime, anywhere!|
|Motoring out of Bedwell Harbor in the dark.|
|Two of our new "Night Lights". they are bright, but it takes a lot of candlepower|
to illuminate the water to any level of usefulness. We aren't there yet.
Sunday was a pretty short day of motoring heading to Wallace Island. This is a place that we poke our bow into every summer, but it is always packed full of boats so we have never opted to spend any time there. Well, things are quite different during the winter. We were able to actually get right on the dock which makes shore access so much easier than when you anchor out and have to dinghy to shore.
|At the dock - Wallace Island Provincial Marine Park.|
|Cindy "exploring" the rocky shoreline of Wallace Island|
|The old cruisers cabin. Decorated with thousands of items from previous|
boating visitors to this wonderful island.
|The beautiful north end of Wallace Island|
|Tony (aka Big T?) left his mark here 6 years prior to our visit.|
|The north end of wonderful Wallace Island.|
|There are a lot of interesting stops during a hike along the main trail.|
|Kevin gets ready to test the home-made slingshot. Perfect slingshot stick|
courtesy of the Wallace Island trail.
We left the anchor light on so that Santa could find out boat. We hung our stockings over the "fireplace" with care, and then watched a movie together on our new lounger. The settee in the salon can now convert to a bed, or a great place to lounge and watch a movie.
|Zappa takes a Christmas nap.|
|Putting our presents "under" the tree. Christmas Eve.|