June 28th to July 4th
The instant Karina finished work (I think she even snuck out early) she was racing for the ferry on a long weekend. All of those who travel to the island will know the joy in that. No stress on her part though because she knew she wouldn't see her office for a long time. After picking up Charlotte, fantastic cookies and cushions from Don and Winnie she made the long drive up to Port McNeill. Malcolm, Dina and I were in Port McNeill madly trying to make the boat presentable for their arrival. Unfortunately she arrived 1 hour early so I was in the midst of an oil change, laundry hadn't been started yet and provisions not yet purchased. No complaints, we were finally together again on our new home.
|Mortuary Poles at Alert Bay|
|U'mista Cultural Center|
Hanson island was our next stop on the hunt for the elusive killer whale. Failing as usual in this endeavour we tucked ourselves into a beautiful bay off the northeast corner of Hanson and sat waiting. Surprisingly we were rewarded with a parade of at least 1000 pacific white sided dolphins heading up Knight inlet. The guides in the area haven't seen anything like these numbers all together before so we all felt privileged to be included in their gathering. Quite a sight to be seen.
|Sea Rover at rest, Hanson Island|
|Fallen Totem At Village Island|
Next we headed over to Sointula on Malcolm island. On the way there we were treated to a nice display of humpbacks playing. We shut the engine down and drifted with the sails up while they fed around us. Still the killer whales eluded us, with reports of sightings much too far for us to follow at our max speed of 6 knots.
|Fresh garden stand, Sointula|
Having spent the last month and a half with them it was surprisingly sad to see them go. Those of you that have stayed with us know we usually stand fast to our 4 day rule. We have now changed that to you are welcome to stay as long as you like... we'll just put you to work on the boat. Thanks cant be said enough for the good company let alone the vast number of projects that were completed with their help.