Escaping the crowds skiing at Whistler over Easter, we headed down to Vancouver, first for a couple days of socializing as well as cleaning Pelagia and minor repairs, then out on Pelagia to Howe Sound for three nights/four days. All four days were sunny and warm.
|Motoring up a windless Howe Sound on the way to Gambier Island -- still lots of snow on the mountains!|
Despite the warm, sunny days, sea water temperature in Port Graves were a cold 10 degrees C -- far below their 21-23 degree C levels in July/August -- so no swimming. But the trails inland were in fairly good condition, so we hiked up Bert's Bluff (~390 m) for the great views.
|View from Bert's Bluff over Port Graves, Gambier Island|
|Zoom in on Pelagia anchored in front of Camp Artaban (taken from Bert's Bluff)|
|View from Bert's Bluff across Howe Sound to the Lions|
|Sailing out of Port Graves|
|Sailing out of Port Graves (still lots of snow on the the Lions)|
|Michelle removing Tacktick wind transducer (for quick repair)|
It was great to get back out on Pelagia. Even better that our anchorage was empty, quiet and windless. This short trip served as a bit of a shakedown trip as we discovered and fixed several issues -- and discovered several additional issues we need to deal with before our much longer travels planned for late Spring and the Summer.