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Friday, May 25, 2012

View from the Water (2)

We miss so much by traveling at speed. This area is so beautiful and more so when absorbed slowly and fully. The other day I stopped at the viewpoint going over the Malahat pass; how few of us who live here ever stop to drink in that view as we rush back from Victoria at 100kmh.

And life, like the scenery, seems richer and more rewarding when taken at a slower pace.

View from the Water

If you build a multi bedroom mega mansion on the far reaches of Salt Spring Island, and then put solar panels on the roof is that being green or hypocrisy?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Pitter Patter of Tiny Feet

 Here in Otter Bay, I shouldn't be surprised to lie in my bunk at night hearing the sound of little paws on the deck above, but did they really have to leave me a gift too? 
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Mobile Office

Over the past couple of days, I've sailed the boat down from our base in Comox to Pender Island, a beautiful part of the Gulf Islands, between Victoria and Vancouver.  It was a lovely, single handed voyage with a couple of tranquil evening stops. 
At Princes Margaret Provincial ParkCruising in these areas is especially beautiful because there is so much coastline, and you are frequently travelling close by the coast of islands and narrow passes.  Watching the scenery pass by at a slow pace is a great way to observe and absorb the beauty of these land and waterscapes.
The Steep Shores of Lasquiti

Over the course of the journey I've seen seals, otters, porpoise, and eagles, these are frequent companions in these waters.

The boat is working out as my mobile office, modern technology lets me keep connected and whilst it would be nice to be totaly away from it all once again, this is a best of both worlds approach, and I can stay in touch with the family easily too.  Once school finishes in June, they will spend a lot more time aboard sharing these trips.  I'm looking forward to that.... 
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Setting Sail Again

The expanded fleet - Ty Dewi and 'The Pioneer'
So after a long silence on this blog, it's time to start posting again because this summer promises a lot of sailing and family fun around British Columbia.  It looks as if some of my work will need me to travel to most of the BC Coast this summer, and that sounds like an excuse for a sailing trip.  One of the real pleasures of our two years cruising was writing and sharing the adventure, and I've missed that in the busy shore life that we have woven for ourselves here in Cumberland.

So I hope to get a chance to slow down a little and write some more, to share this fabulous place with my friends and continue to think upon the experiences we have and the relationships we treasure.  Welcome aboard again, hope you enjoy the journey.