Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 74 - Beaumont Marine Park, Bedwell Harbour, South Pender Island BC - Saturday, July 23, 2011

We are called to return to Anacortes for our appointment on Monday for some scheduled maintenance on the boat, so we take advantage of one more day to play on the water.  Bedwell Harbour seems to be  a day's cruise away, so we head for Beaumont Marine Park, which takes us by Thetis and Kuper Islands in the Stuart Channel, then east into Trincomali again.  From here we go south to Swanson Channel, then around Wallace Point.  

When we arrive we choose between anchoring out or catching a mooring buoy that is close to the beach.  We find a buoy that gives Jake a shorter ride to shore.  

A pleasant surprise is a visit from David of Lobo from BC, with whom Herb has corresponded on TugNuts in the past.  

He is just cruising by and sees us, another Ranger Tug to check out.  

Our next visitors are the Park Rangers, Brian and Carol, who come to collect the moorage fee -- $9.80 CND.  Herb brings out a handful of Canadian coins and carefully counts out his wealth.

Uh, oh!  He is 50 cents short.  So I get my wallet to find US dimes, as they said that would be fine.

Then Brian changes his mind and asks for $1 US and revises the coin contribution.

The Rangers seem to enjoy this high financial deal as much as we do.

I think they like their job.  I bet they meet all kinds.....

The evening is very relaxing as we gently swing on the buoy and watch the boats go by.

Some folks are traveling together and are rafting to each other.  

What would the Power Squadron say of this arrangement?

We have a vantage view of the shipping route and see some large ships on the United States side going by.

The ships are seen far in the background.

Jake gets to play 'fetch the dummy' on his last trip to shore for the evening.  

This is his chance to get more exercise and have fun in the water.

What do you do with a 79 lb. wet dog in a 27 ft. boat?

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and Walldog, Willie and Jake

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