Showing posts from July, 2014

Road trip down the length of Vancouver Island

We left Haida Gwaii a little sooner than we wanted, but we’ll be back someday.  After taking the two ferry’s back to Port Hardy, we grabbed Gary and Karina’s car (Karina had driven up meet Sea Rover) and started to head south.  First stop was an interesting cave formation at Little Huson Caves. Water flowing under the natural bridge at Little Huson Caves Next stop was in Bamfield to meet our friend Jennifer and Campell on their boat Camdeboo ( ). They’d previously sailed Camdeboo to the South Pacific and back, and are now spending their sailing time around Vancouver Island.  We spent 4 days on Camdeboo exploring the Broken Group Islands.  The scenery was different than we’d seen on our trip so far. It was a lot more wind swept and the morning fog off the Pacific added an extra dimension to it all. Jennifer and Campbell made up some grand story about seeing lots of bears feeding along the shore.  We know they made it all up because we certainly didn’t se

Haida Gwaii – Morseby Explorers

We took a ferry from Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island up through the “inside passage” to Prince Rupert near the Alaska border. This is the same route the Alaska cruise ships take.  Obviously the scenery was awesome, with lots of mountains and lots of waterfalls and rapids emptying into the ocean.  From Prince Rupert we hopped on another ferry to Haida Gwaii (aka Queen Charlotte Islands).  The following morning we met up with our tour guide from Moresby Explorers ( ) and began our 4 day zodiac trip to some of the old Haida villages in the park and other sites.  It’s hard to describe in just a few words, so the photos will have do. Moss and forest Recent carving Forest board walk Ancient Haida poles Ancient Haida poles Remains of a Haida house (post European contact) Dina walking - Haidi village site Dock supports from 1910s Japanese Clam cannery Gravestone at 1940s mine site Old shoes at a

Sea Rover (Vancouver to Port Hardy)

We flew back to Vancouver at the end of May.  The plan was to visit our older daughter Heather in Victoria and meet her new boyfriend Alex. Then we’d spend the month of June helping Gary get his boat, Sea Rover, up toward Port Hardy while his wife Karina spent another month going to work.   We followed the plan and spent a few days in Victoria and then went back to Vancouver to jump on Sea Rover. Our departure was delayed a bit while we helped Gary and Karina get a FEW last minute jobs finished on their boat.  For everyone who knows Gary or knows sailboats, you’ll understand what a FEW jobs entail. So after 30+ days of boat work we departed Vancouver on Sea Rover and headed north.   Karina fixing something under the floor Karina re-attaching the ceiling panels The trip was pretty good and included a visit at Karina’s parents place near Nanaimo, a great sail north toward Campbell River, some great cinnamon buns and great fresh bread (thanks Gary!).  With Karina scheduled