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May 17, 2013

Trip to Vancouver Island

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 12:46 pm

I left Seattle yesterday on a trip to the north end of Vancouver Island. I should be gone about 5 weeks. This will be a solo trip, but Meryll is going to drive up and meet me for a few weekends, and I’ll stop in Bellingham to see brother Steve and Linny.  The route is not completely set, but the plan is to head north along the mainland, going up the Fraser River a ways, and staying in False Bay in Vancouver for a few days, then up the coast to Desolation Sound, then across to Port Hardy and down the east (inside) coast of Vancouver Island. I’m not going to go on the ocean side of the island.  I plan on posting pictures every few days when I have internet access.

I have a few new pieces of electronics aboard:

SPOT GPS will show my location and route on Google Maps, and let me send emergency messages. It needs to be pointed at the sky so I made this little mount that attaches to the cabin handrail.  I haven’t set it up yet.WP_20130514_015

WIFI amplifier and hotspot. Amplifies nearby wifi signals and creates a local wifi hotspot so all the electronics can use the connection.


I left Kenmore Wednesday morning and stopped in Ballard for grocery shopping. My next stop was the south end of Whidbey Island for a late lunch.

I anchored in Langley inlet on Whidbey Island. Everything was in bloom in this very pretty tourist town.
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I have some nice pictures on my good camera, but don’t have a way to get them off yet. I will stop in Anacortes to buy a card reader.



  1. Tom. Have a safe and enjoyable trip. I am envious.

    Comment by Mark — May 19, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    • Thanks Mark. I hope you’re having a good early summer.

      Comment by tomlarkin — May 20, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  2. Good to see you are posting to the blog as promised Tom! Safe travels, take lots of pics, post when you can. How was the anchoring at Hope Island? Did the current move you around a lot? Where did you drop the hook or did you grab a mooring ball?

    Comment by Barry R — May 20, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    • I’ve anchored every night so far. It took a couple of tries because the first attemptbroke free and came up with a big glob of mud that I had to knock off, but the next try set fine. Current wasn’t bad, although I’ve seen it much stronger there. I anchored toward the east side of the bay. I rowed around the nisland, which took about an hour.

      Comment by tomlarkin — May 20, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  3. Tom,
    Can you share some details on the Wifi amp setup you’ve put together? I’ve got a (non GPS) iPad2 on which I’m running Garmin Bluechart Mobile. I’m considering adding the Garmin GLO for GPS positioning over Bluetooth. Having the ability to integrate NMEA info over Wifi is interesting. I’m also wondering how you maintain a wireless hotspot when physically distant from land based Wifi signals? Thanks for sharing details of the trip, looks like you’ll be having a great time.
    Safe travels, Joe

    Comment by Joe — May 22, 2013 @ 10:00 am

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