Inez and Myrna should know that Cici's were never this good or this large! Currants and raisins and more. Richard calls out from his boat as I pass, "Delectable!" I respond, "Decadent!"
Wayne has the water hose ready early so we top off our tank. While Herb readies Willie's Tug for a day of travel, I take a last look around for photos. First is a cute little tug, the Fire Boat. I step aboard and note it has everything one needs, but seems to be like a toy.
|Entrance to the Dining Room at Port Harvey|
Skipper reduces speed from 14 to 7 knots to thread our way through the logs. The sun is breaking through now and them as it fights with the stubborn fog.
Radar shows a boat coming toward us on our starboard and finally we see it, barely visible.
The fog thins a bit, allowing us to see three small fishing boats speeding past on their way to catch the big ones.
I take a peek out the cabin door to see OdySea slogging along in the chop and swells. We get rolled mainly from the wakes of other boats and rebounding waves from shore. Occasionally we get 4 foot seas.
The sun is high in the sky at 9A when the fog is gone and we are able to see our scenery more clearly.
|Floating log with Root|
Navionics program on my iPad shows Johnstone Strait with Willie's Tug represented by the large red arrow pointing the direction of travel. The smaller blue arrows show the direction of the current -- 4 knots against us still.
We continue in Johnstone Strait and when we get south of Hardwicke Island, the ride is smoother, due to less fetch. Earl Ledge marker and logging is on our port side just before Current Passage, which we take to go on the northeast side of Helmcken Island.
We are startled to see one of the three fast boats now appearing to be dead in the water. We slow to approach and ask if he is OK. The fisherman calls back that he has run out of gas and is changing to his second tank. He thanks us for checking on him, then is on his way to catch the other two buddies.
We see him up ahead darting around their wakes as a dolphin flirting.
Now leaving Johnstone strait we turn to port into Chancellor Channel with Hardwicke Island on our port and West Thurlow Island on our starboard. Fanny Island weather station reports measureing 19 knot winds northwest at 10A, the time we passed there. I'm glad we have moved to smoother water.
Frank radios they are at Whirlpool Rapids, having gone the different route through Sunderland Channel for a time. We pass the confluence where they will re-enter Chancellor Channel and time our transit through Greenpoint Rapids. West Thurlow is still on our starboard and the mainland of BC is on our port. Frank also informs us he has made reservations at Cordera for all three Tugs, as well as dinner for 6 at 6. We laugh at the news and decide he makes a great tour director.
I love "Beautiful BC."
Greenpoint Rapids is quite tame near slack, with only some eddies to transit.
|Greenpoint Rapids at Slack|
After Griffith's Islet, we arrive at Cordera Lodge on the mainland of BC, north of East Thurlow Island. One of the CEOs, Wayne, can be see at the left of the photo below, waiting to catch our lines for a side tie.
|Wayne at Cordera Lodge|
After registering in the office, I take a look around at the inviting decor.
|Barn Swallow over Door to Office|
We visit with a couple from Ontario, who are here on a whale watch boat from Campbell River and wear red rain suits for the splashes. While they have lunch, their guide points out where they are and where the next sighting should be.
A conversation ensues about 'been to your neck of the woods,' and we learn they came to Pass Christian MS after Hurricane Katrina to help clean up and rebuild. She now knows how to pronounce the name of the town.
|Whale Watch Boat|
Wayne directs us at the end of long dock, which ends with a helipad; hence the sign for Cordero International Airport. We are going to love this place!
|Cordero International Airport|
Find three Ranger Tugs....
As we gather for dinner each of us has a turn at the piano in the great room. Frank is so talented, he can play with his knuckles.
Chris demonstrates it can be done with two fingers.
I use both hands to effect chords. We play the songs we know.
Vicki the cook sets a nice table for us and begins the meal with a fresh garden salad.
Wayne changes to his silk dinner shirt and adds charm to the friendly gathering.
Topic of conversation this evening is, "Which place we have visited on the cruise north is our favorite?" As we are sorting out the pros and cons, Wayne is heard pacing back and forth by our table, murmuring "Cordera Lodge! Cordera Lodge!" We laugh hysterically....he fits right into our group!
For dessert Vicki suggests we each order a different one and share. Herb samples my chocolate cake drizzled with cherry sauce. Yum, yum!
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Tuesday, August 12, 2014