Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Friends, Food and Foraging in Beautiful British Columbia

My friend, Nicky explained to me that there are two kind of people in the world:  Those who eat to live and those who live to eat.  I have concluded that we are our guests tend to fit into the second category and manage to do so in beautiful places.

Crab Dinner in Nainimo with our Mexico/Canada Friends Barry and Naida

Debra and Ralph Arrive Via the BC Ferry

Another Giant Crab Feed with Debra and Ralph

Dinner Spot Prawns

Debra and Her Chicken Halibut

Tom's Cove Anchorage in Smith Inlet
Helicopter Logging in Smith Inlet

You Mentioned Dinner

Nice 22# White King

Red Throated Loon

Where the Shore Ends and the Waters Begin

Paella Dinner Sans Mussels

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

No Fishes Just Riches

We are blessed to be heading north in the boat after a wonderful season of friends and family.  As we are passing Hat Island and Camano Head I think back to the memories of my childhood.  This To-Mexico-And-Back yyear was a medley of old friends, new friends, babies, children and family our greatest riches.
Lunch in San Fransico with Jim and Masa and Leah and Melissa and their families.

Dinner in Nanamio with our friends, Berry and Naida
Nana's Newest Happy Baby Girl, Ehryanna
Maria who is like a daughter to me
A Day at the Beach with Dear Friends, Jim and Denise Grandbaby Twins
Rory Loves Eli

Shari and Jude Kayaking

Wesley the Budding Thespian
Jan and Both Kathryns
A Tiger and A Super Hero

Taryn and Her Birthday Shoes
Aunt Tammy's Cinco de Mayo Birthday Dinner
Our Traveling Kids
See Ya Later, Nana Jan

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Friends For Ever

A person is blessed to have a few friends to walk through life with.  It is always wonderful when it is a long walk together.  Jim and I have had that with first meeting when I was 12 or 13.  We went to high school together (a grade apart) and then to different colleges.  There were years that we were out of touch only to find one another, laugh and step right back into times of friendship.  My sister calls him our "Halfie" because he is half of a brother.  How fortunate. We haven't known Masa quite as long (he's not quite as old!!!) and we immediately loved him as well.

You can imagine how thrilled Doug and I were when Jim and Masa joined us on the boat this year.  Only one problem - the time was too short.

Dinner Anyone?

Masa's First Halibut...Delicious

Salmon and Catchers

Calm Waters

And All of This

Fond Farewells 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Big Fish and Acts of Courage

Rick and Beck were no-particular-schedule people this spring so they joined us for a transit from Port McNeill to Shearwater enduring Cape Caution and another challenge that remained  not photographed but will long be remembered by those aboard.  As we rounded Welch Rock into open ocean we broke a towing cleat and set the fishing boat adrift.  Everyone donned life jackets.  Jan took the helm and with Doug's guidance slipped the SeaDrifter down the back side of a wave.  Doug hooked the fishing boat with a hook.  He and Rick manhandled the small boat along the swim step.  Doug held it fast and Rick climbed aboard firing the 140 hp and falling into line behind the SeaDrifter.  There were extra rations of rum for all that evening.

Nice Fish, Rick
Another nice Ling, Rick
Another Beautiful Canadian Sunset
Hooked by Doug but Landed by Jan
Mila's Coat

Can you find the monster in the background?

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Greatest of Gifts is the Love of Family and Friends

Please meet some of our greatest gifts....

Introducing Jude:

I'm quite the fisherman.

I am a surfin' kind of guy

I love my little sister but sometimes "borrow" the toys Nana knit her.

Here is Taryn: 

Mommy and me looking out over PV

I Wanna Iguana....maybe not really.

I am planning to break a few hearts
Abby, Rory and Eli:

Aunt Jan reserved Cinco de Mayo as her holiday and brings us cool  stuff from Mexico

We are generous and sent toys to Maria's daycare.  Eli volunteered to send the scary monkeys  east.


Julianna will fill the new shoes that Grandma Jan knit for her.