Day 4, Tuesday, August 7
Another good night’s sleep. Last night, after dinner, we had a little movie screening of Paul Blart, Mall Cop.
This morning brought another glorious day of sunshine and warm air. Marcel made one more scaling of the wall to untie us from our stern tie to the tree on shore. We pulled anchor with much efficiency this time around, and we were off.
Today we are making our way North to Dent Island to meet up with our friends. We made our way up Waddington Channel then through Pryce Channel and finally up Calm Channel to Dent Island. What do the girls do on board you might wonder. There are books being read, games being played, and the old Nintendo DS has found its way out. It has been a bit of rehab for us all without the ability to get onto the internet or for the girls not to be able to text their friends. We still have cell coverage, but as we are in Canada, all wireless has been off limits to the girls.
Breakfast was another bowl of bran cereal with some blueberries for me. I’m off the Dramamine and feeling fine. Morning coffee was a bit of work as our generator quit on us suddenly. With no power for the coffee maker, we did it the old fashioned way. We boiled water and used a percolator. No one button push for us.
Lunch today was brats and caramelized onions. I cooked the brats in stout beer along with the onions at home and froze the brats and onions separately. A quick warm up on the grill was all that was needed.
We arrived at Dent during slack tide, about 3:00. The tides are so strong here, that slack tide is the best and safest time to arrive and depart. We again filled our water tank, still no luck on the generator, but we were now on shore power. We got some laundry done, took real showers, and all felt cleaner in the world again.
Before dinner, we took a jet boat ride to tour the area and check out the strong whirlpools. This was a hit with the girls. Super fast boat, crazy waters, lots of fun. Our friends had set up dinner at the tapas bar of the restaurant at Dent Island Lodge. We stuffed ourselves on a six-course feast outside by the rapids.
On the menu was:
Gazpacho with Grilled Avocado and Crab Salad
Duck Rissotto with Arugula and Shaved Parmesan
Grilled Fish Tacos
Sauteed Spot Prawns with Tomato Sauce and Grilled Polenta Cake
Grilled Steak with Mushrooms and Soft Baked Potato
Frozen Nougat and Grilled Pineapple and Diced Strawberries
It was definitely a meal to remember. After dinner, we watched a few minutes of the Olympics and then headed back to our boat for a good night’s sleep on freshly washed sheets.