Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back in Beautiful British Columbia

Wednesday, August 15th, Victoria BC
After a chilly, foggy night motoring we arrived in sunny Victoria and got a berth in front of the Empress Hotel in James Bay.  The weather was really hot and sunny.  We wandered around looking for our favorite chandlery, but it's gone.

Mary Doherty, Seth's wife, drove up from Seattle to meet us.  We all had a beautiful afternoon at Butchart Gardens followed by a terrific dinner in the restaurant there.  Bill and I broke out our clown bikes and rode around the Dallas Road shoreline route.

Friday, we moved the boat around to Royal Victoria Yacht Club.  It was so pretty and peaceful.
We were able to explore the neighborhood a bit on our bikes.

Our friends the Ellsays, off Stray Kitty, who sold their boat in Brisbane, are now living near RVYC.  Now we call them the "Stay Kitties".  Chris and Christine picked us up and took us home for a wonderful dinner (and more laundry).  Their daughter and Activities Director, Kerry, made sure we had a good game of Charades after dinner. The Ellsays' kids must be very well behaved, because their father did not guess "temper tantrum" in the game. A good time was had by all.

After a couple nights at RVYC, we motored (again) up to Ganges on Saltspring Island.  It was the usually sunny, chilly weather we missed so much.  Again, were wearing our August fleece ensembles.

Anyhow, we spent the night at Ganges.  It was great to see some SYC friends again.  It was really handy to have our bikes for quick shopping trips to the village.

After 1 night, we motored (again!) up to Nanaimo via Dodd Narrows.  We anchored out overnight.  There was an Austrian Amel and a German cruising boat nearby.  We would have liked to hear their stories.

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