|The squadron of privately owned ex-BC Forestry |
Vessels lines Ship Point Pier in Victoria. 8/3/12.
|Syrene and Kwaietek (formerly the "BC Forester"), rafted at dock.|
|One of our new acquaintances, a BC Forest Ranger |
stopped by for coffee and tales on his old boat.
|Dance of the pickle boats!|
That night, we sat on the deckhouse with several of the other forestry boat owners, sipping hard cider and watching the entertainment. When the cannons fired off and the fireworks burst over our heads, we decided that life was pretty durn sweet right then.
|Happy hour on Kwaietek prior to the Symphony Splash.|
The next morning, we made our preparations to head back home. My time off of the Zodiac was drawing to a close and I needed to be back onboard. We said good bye to our new friends in the Ex-BC Forestry Vessel Squadron and promised to make it to the round up in 2013. Before we cast off from Syrene, Robert leaned over the railing and invited us to buddy-boat back into the San Juan's. "Let's anchor up at West Sound tonight. I'll take you to a restaurant that has the best crab cakes in the islands!"
"Done." Jeff replied.
We spent a gorgeous day crossing Haro Strait, following behind the much faster Syrene, ( TWO Gardner diesels in her engine room)!... and matched pace with another one of the smaller forestry vessels. By lunch time, we encountered a large pod of killer whales off Battleship Island. We made it into West Sound in time for crab cakes at the Madrona Pub. Robert wasn't exaggerating; they were awesome!
|Kwaietek tucked into Pleasant Bay for the evening.|
|Dinner without the kid...hoot hoot!|
... except with Juliet along for the trips next time.