Boatbuilding Blog

May 21, 2013

Leaving the US!

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 10:19 am

I’m anchored in Drayton Harbor, by Blaine, Washington right now. I can see the Canada border and the Peace Arch from out the porthole. I’ll be heading to Vancouver via the Fraser River in the morning. I want to hang out in False Creek for 4 or 5 days and explore Vancouver by bike and Sky Train. Meryll may come up next weekend, and bring her bike too. Then up the Sunshine Coast to Lund and Desolation Sound.

Meryll drove up to Bellingham on Saturday, and we spent the night anchored in a tiny cove on Lummi Island, then we hung out in Eagle Harbor on Cypress before heading to Vendovi Island and hiking across it to see wildflowers. Vendovi has recently been opened to the public after  being bought by a conservation group. It was really beautiful, and the afternoon was sunny and calm.

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Pigeon Guillemot sex!
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Meryll spent the time happily identifying all of the flowers.
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We walked across the island to Paintbrush Point.
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The forest primeval.
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The view north from Paintbrush Point overlook. (Links to a big version)
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On the way back to Bellingham to drop Meryll off, we ran across brother Steve taking his new boat, the Coral, out for her maiden sail. Steve spent two years building the Coral in his  front yard, and brother John and I helped launch it last month. Coral was moving beautifully in a light breeze, and Steve looked justifiably pleased. Interesting sail plan, to say the least!

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