Tuesday, May 1, 2012

#4 Up Province

On Monday, April 30, we waited out the morning's southeasterly winds until 8:30, then at slack current, departed Vancouver for our cruise "up province".    Following seas and winds built again as we exited Burrard Inlet making for some second guessing, but as usual, the Wild Blue crew adapted to the rock and roll.  We noticed the Selene 55 Spirit on the way into Vancouver.  Patrick said he is being followed by Serena, another Selene 55 heading to AK.  So now we are sandwiched between them and the Selene Seeker who is leading the pack.  We hope to rendezvous with the leader at Lagoon Cove this Thursday.

Seaspan Corsair pulls two large barges south along the east side of Texada Island

As we cleared Welcome Passage, abeam of Smugglers and Secret Coves, the wind and seas flattened making for smooth motoring.  We decided to skip Pender Harbour and push on to Sturt Bay on the northeast side of Texada Island.  Texada, named for one of the Spanish explorers (or was it a land grant), has several large limestone mines.  Ships pull right up next to the island while the stone is loaded.  About 1000 souls make Teaxada home year round, most located near Sturt Bay. We entered the Bay and tied up at the abundant transient moorage.  The price was right!

Texada Island town of Van Anda just south of Sturt Bay

The moorage rates are very favorable.

Texada Boating Club docks at Sturt Bay.

Pat's Caprice: Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella.... Yum!

The Wild Blue garden: parsley, Canadian "Wilson", colorful flower basket.

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