Leaving Vancouver and onto Pender Harbour
Day one, Saturday, August 4 on Stray Cat.
A good sleep last night, and we were up and ready to go at 8:00am. It was going to be a 7 hour haul from Vancouver to Pender Harbour. The wind was right on our nose, and given the distance we had to cover, we motored our way to Pender. We encountered a bit of rough water and large rolling waves the first few hours of the trip through the Strait of Georgia.
Breakfast for me: coffee with sugar and cream and a Dramamine. On the boat this week, breakfast will be a free for all; captain’s muffins, toast, bagels and cream cheese, fruit, granola bars or cereal.
The weather has been phenomenal. If anything, too hot, but believe me, we are not complaining. At 1:30pm we were finally ready for lunch. Maggie and I spent the morning nauseous and trying to sleep our way through the ride. Lunch was a cheese plate provided by Marcel, charcuterie selections and crackers. An easy ride after lunch into Pender Harbour, on the Malaspina Strait, got us on the dock at 3:00pm.
A few housekeeping items and then we were walking up to Garden Bay Lake for a swim. Post swim and pre-shower / dinner appetizers were Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Doritos. Nothing wrong with a salty chip to calm the ole stomach. Wash it down with a cool cocktail and we were good until dinner.
We ate at the Garden Bay Restaurant and Pub. My entrée of Fish and Chips minus the chips, substitute salad, and a side order of Onion Rings was pretty tasty. The batter on the fish was light and crunchy as were the onion rings. After dinner, I sat outside the pub to pick up a wifi connection to post yesterday’s log, followed by short stroll on the dock back to the boat where the girls were already watching a movie. Chris and Marcel took the tender out for a quick evening tour, picked up four more bags of ice, and then it was bed time. It will be another long day and a lot of water to cover tomorrow. Pray for calm waters.
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