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When you begin your day deep in crap, it can only get better, right? That wasn’t exactly our recent experience, but things could have turned out worse.

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Dodd Narrows, a .2-mile-wide slot through which the current flows more than 8 knots. You must transit at slack tide unless you’re in a white-water raft or kayak!

But first, know we’ve made it through Dodd Narrows, spent a couple days anchored in Mark Bay near Nanaimo, sailed over to Jedediah Island and anchored in the beautiful little Deep Bay and explored that island, sailed to Garden Bay in Pender Harbour back over on the coast of British Columbia and then left there planning to travel the 24 miles  to Sturt Bay on the northeast end of Texada. That plan evaporated when the 10-15 knots of wind forecast for Malaspina Strait was more like 20-25 straight on our nose. The sea was big and not necessarily comfortable, even with one reef in the main and the staysail up for stabilization. So, we executed our Plan B and went into Blind Bay for a couple of nights till the strait settled down.

The first night we anchored in Ballet Bay. It’s beautiful, but surrounded by private property so you can’t go ashore to hike, which lowers it down several notches on our rating scale. It did offer reasonable cell connectivity, though, so I could work…or so I thought. The next morning, the good connectivity was gone and I had work to do. My patience wore thin and blood pressure rose as I fought to keep connected…I just wanted to finish my work! As I was cursing the magical cell coverage gods who seem to get enjoyment from being whimsical with their consistency, Clay went below for his morning constitutional. Next thing I know, he’s digging plumbing tools out of their storage spot. The head was clogged. I didn’t even go down to look. After a bit, everything came out alright, but I still needed better reception, so we decided to move to another spot within Blind Bay–Musket Island Provincial Park and its Dol Cove.

When we dropped anchor, it wouldn’t grab. I watched and heard it skip over rocks. Then, as we were moving slowly in reverse to try to get it to set, Clay killed the engine, which was weird. His reason? Lightfoot’s “floating” painter (the rope that secures the dinghy to the boat when we’re in transport) got fouled in Sundown’s propeller. NOT good. The outcomes could have been a bent prop or shaft, transmission failure, a hole in the boat and losing our dinghy as it got sucked under. None of those things happened, however, due to Clay’s quick responses and the D ring getting pulled off the front of Lightfoot. Clay detangled the line from the propeller using the boat hook and then we hauled the dingy onto the deck to reattached the D ring. Whew!

This mishap feels like a greenhorn mistake and is a bit embarrassing to admit. We really are very diligent to make sure we’re doing everything just right. Actually, we often overthink things, thanks to my Type A personality. This time, though, our trouble stemmed from  becoming a little complacent believing a floating line would never give us trouble of this kind. WRONG! Lesson learned: ALWAYS tie the dinghy up tight before you begin tight maneuvers or operate in reverse regardless of the type of line you use to secure it to the boat.

On the bright side, the cell coverage was awesome and I finished my work! There is that…

 

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It’s February. Since arriving back in the Pacific Northwest in mid-January after our holiday break, the weather seems a tad milder. I’m not freezing every day and there are longer breaks between strong wind storms. I’m knocking off significant work-related deadlines, too, so daily dockside WiFi doesn’t seem as necessary. That also means the perceived security of our Deer Harbor Marina community doesn’t seem as necessary either; perhaps it’s time to leave the dock. After all, we didn’t intend to live on a boat in a marina. (more…)

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Late last night, I posted this on Facebook:

Wow! Exciting night, but not what I planned. Dark, cold solitude. An angel disguised as a CSU freshman boy. A tow truck that never showed up. A son who did. Another tow truck that finally showed up. Home now. Just ate. Going to sleep. (more…)

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We did it! Clay and I, plus 10 of our new closest friends, completed the League of American Bicyclists instructor course! After an exciting ride through downtown Fort Collins on Friday night, several skills tests, group and individual presentations, and many teaching scenarios and discussions about how to teach bicycling safety, we are now “LCIs in Training.” (more…)

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Last night we had dinner with two couples who live in Fort Collins, Colorado. While that’s not extraordinary in and of itself given we live in Fort Collins, too, it is VERY extraordinary when you consider that all of us plan to move aboard boats in the near future and set sail to parts unknown. (more…)

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Green, dull, 30-year-old built-up tarnish. This was the state of everything bronze on Sundown."Green" tarnish remover = 1:1 flour and salt. Add enough vinegar to make a paste.

“No problem,” I thought. “Surely there’s a solution like Tarn-X we can just dip all those port lights, fixtures and hardware in. They’ll be back to their showroom shine in no time.” Well, that was a nice delusion. (more…)

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Labor Day 2011 is here. If your plans include cruising on a boat, on a bike or in a motor vehicle, remember these simple tips for staying safe. (more…)

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