A Good Season (Continued…)

The 2013 Summer Season Sparkled

Another prawn festival was due at Powell River, but we missed it by a week. We did however have Jim Coulton and Donna Koleszar jump in their boat and join us for a few days in Desolation Sound. We visited Gorge Harbour, Refuge Cove, Squirrel Cove, Toba Wildernest Resort and the new lodge at Homfray Channel. Trails have been added at Toba Wildernest for those who enjoy hiking. We also checked out the anchorage at Ramsey Arm. It was a beautiful place to visit and to stay during calm conditions. We were impressed with the take-out meals at the new Flying Squirrel at Squirrel Cove and the art gallery at Refuge Cove. Big Bay was quiet on the way up to Cordero Channel and somewhat busier on the return trip. We stopped at Shoal Bay and spent time with newfound friends as well as owner Mark MacDonald, then moved on to Blind Channel. More new friends and sadly we learned of the medical state of Laura Richter. She passed away later in the summer and many who know the Richter family share their grief. The Richter’s must have had a really tough time coping with business as usual during that very difficult period. We moved on to spend some time with fellow Monaro owners John and Maria Sehmer and their friends from Ganges. Cordero Lodge was being cared for by new owners and had received a new coat of paint, for starters. At Sidney Bay in Loughborough Inlet we had the pleasure of meeting Dane Campbell, a fellow magazine writer and coast settler who, with his wife, have spent many years homesteading in that bay. They have a dock for overnight visitors and it’s a good place to tie up while waiting for the winds to abate in Johnstone Strait. We ended up the cruising season with a visit to the San Juan Islands. Time in the San Juans included stops at Spencer Spit, Stuart Island, Blakely Island, West Sound, Olga, Rosario and Deer Harbor. We particularly enjoyed meeting up with friends in their new-to-them American Tug and the boaters at Stuart Island.