Adventures of Maia | Blog
An adventure, sailing and cruising throughout the world with Laura, Dick and Ellie.
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We continued preparing for our journey South to Baja and the Sea of Cortez. Not knowing when we would be returning to the US, we wanted to make sure we had everything we were going to need. Heaps of progress was made since our arrival in San Diego! Three solar panels purchased and installed. Sailrite sewing machine purchased, repair made on the Bimini, which was re-installed (and under two of the solar panels). Watermaker purchased and partially installed. (Still needs to be tested.) Weather programs investigated, purchased, apps installed. Tiller pilot purchased for Monitor wind vane. Wilderness First Aid and CPR classes taken. First Aid supplies purchased, and kit put together. Food purchased and stocked for the trip South.

We are loving the solar panels. Ever since they have been installed we have been free from shore power! We anchored for a week in Mariners Basin and had plenty of power. Yahoo! Oh yea, we had another surprise while anchored. We went out for brunch and when we arrived back to the boat, noticed MAIA was listing. By the time we climbed aboard it was obvious that we were aground. The wind had shifted, and the tide had gone out. Yikes! MAIA lied down nicely, we took naps while we were at a 20-30 degree tilt and once the tide was all the way out, Dick put on some new zincs! Always look at the bright side!!!

We decided to have an Open boat party to show off MAIA, and for family to see what our living quarters were like. It was so wonderful to share our “home”. The most exciting part was to have “Pop” Peek and Uncle Joe (both 90 somethings) aboard! We had a lovely visit and a fabulous afternoon. Another bonus was that friends Lauri & Chris Bushue were in town and we had some time to catch up.

After the weekend, an awesome surprise was to get a call from Ruth to say that brother Tommy and her mother, Carol were in town visiting. As we had just had Uncle Joe and Pop on the boat we knew we could get Carol aboard. They came down for a visit and it was so special for me to have Carol (my other Mother) aboard. I felt my mother, Joan smiling down upon us!

Before leaving for Mexico, we had some final administration work to do. Our boat insurance was updated for the trip into Mexico, and we purchased Mexican Liability Insurance. Our Temporary Import Permit, (TIP) was applied for and granted, fishing licenses purchased, evacuation insurance purchased. It is looking like when we get a good weather window, we will be on our way!

Water maker installed!

Woohoo, new solar panels installed!

Our new Sailrite sewing machine. Much needed to restitch the Bimini.

Dick and his Dad aboard MAIA

Dick and Uncle Joe

Jed, Janet and John

Brothers Jed & Casey Peek

Family time aboard MAIA

Uncle Joe, Laura & Pop Peek

John, Carol & Mick

Little man Joaquin, steering the boat

Uncle Dick, Joaquin and Papa Arturo

Three Generations! Lele, Isa, Mimi & Anna

Looking up at all the birds landing in the trees at Sunset.

Another beautiful full moon!

Awesome to have Carol & Tommy Coronelli from Chicagoland vist and come aboard MAIA. Also pictured, Jane & Greg Fox

Carol with her youngest, Tommy and oldest, Jane

Yea, Tommy Coronelli is visiting!!!

My “other mother” Carol!

So wonderful to have Carol aboard MAIA

Dick, Laura, Carol, Tom, Jane, Greg

Great to get a visit from Laurie and Chris Bushue

Great to see my sorority “little sister”, Lynn Scopinich Konen. in Pacific Beach

MAIA at Seaforth dock at Sunset


Yep, we are aground!

Cute guy!

Filling up before leaving Mission Bay

Gorgeous Sunset with beautiful La Luna!

MAIA at anchor in Quivera Basin, Mission Bay

In Mission Bay


I took a quick trip to Utah and had a great time seeing friends and family, I even got a ski day in at Deer Valley! Park City had just gotten a bunch of snow so there was lots around, but the weather was beautiful when I was there. It was quite the contrast from Southern California, but so much fun!

Skiing Deer Valley, with Dee and DavidLee

Ski day with college buds! Sue McJames, Julie Guiney, Me & DavidLee

Hike in Round Valley with Debbie Seaver

More fun with old friends. Dave Christensen, Karen Shaw, Joan & Denny Mills, Me, Julie Guiney, Jill Painter, Sue McJames, David & Dee Lee, Dave Ringleberg, George Painter

That’s Samantha on my shoulders!

Beautiful day for a walk with Samantha, Angela & Dan.

Elaine & Beckham

Fun seeing good friend, Debbi Seaver

We are in San Diego, going into almost Year Two of living aboard MAIA. We will be in Mexico soon!

What have we learned in this first year? LOTS! Some of what we had been told. “All projects take longer… Owning a boat is expensive….  Living the dream is hard work!” While re-fitting the boat for cruising there has always been things to investigate; What to buy? What will work best for us? Who should we buy from? What is the best deal? Grocery shopping to do, meals to cook, walks for us and Ellie. New and old Friends and Family to socialize with. Fun to have. All work and no play make Laura & Dick cranky people!

We were re-reading our notes from our Mahina Expeditions Offshore cruising seminar, and it looks like we have done well with our progress. For a 15 plus year boat (MAIA is 25 years old) re-fitting takes a minimum 6-12 months and 1-1/2 – 2 yrs to get boat ready for passage making. Is MAIA ready for passage making? Close! (Are WE ready for passage making? Close!)

Love the sign on the dock box, just like we are back in Utah!

Captain Dick

Family photo

MAIA at Seaforth dock with beautiful rainbow.

Another amazing sunset in San Diego.

A hot cup of tea, in my favorite A16 mug

On November 23, we made our way to the Channel Islands Yacht Club. We felt comfortable leaving the boat there and rented a car to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with sister Jean and her family. We had a lovely dinner at Ryan and Lissa’s (I was able to give the babe in the womb a little suggestion that December 9 would be a good day to be born!) After dinner, we drove up to Jean & John’s home in the desert and had a great breakfast at their golf club the next morning.

By November 26, we had moved to Marina Del Rey and spent a couple fancy nights at the Del Rey Yacht Club. So fun to have Jean, John, Nikki & Teddy down for a Sunday brunch. On the 29th we arrived at the King Harbor Yacht club after a beautiful sail, Yea!!! It was fun to see the Yacht Club where our old neighbors Bob & Eva Brehm are members and to see Bob’s picture on the wall as a past Commodore! One evening we had dinner with old Park City friends, Pam, Tom and Henry Bakaly.

On December 2 we were in San Pedro and tied up to the guest dock at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. We enjoyed spending time with Hugo, and friends Ralph and Tricia Johns from s/v Toga, who hosted us for the lovely dinner in their home and included us in the Hurricane Gulch Yacht Club evening. Very enjoyable to watch the Parade of Lights from Hugo’s dock.

Our next stop was Two Harbors, (Mooring C11) at Catalina Island. We enjoyed our visit and spent some time on land, hiking and exploring the area. On December 6 we arrived in Oceanside Harbor, and were greeted on the dock by Joe with the Oceanside Yacht Club. Cousin Jocko came down for a quick visit and to check out the ride. Jane Fox whisked me away to the grocery store and we had a simple dinner that evening with Jane and Greg!

On December 7 we docked at Marina Village Marina and Conference Center in Mission Bay!!!! It felt really delightful to be in San Diego and know that we would be in the area for a while.

So exciting when Ruth (my high school bestie) & husband Ray Sullivan arrived from Chicago to celebrate my birthday! On December 9, we had a fun little party on the boat, as Ned, Leah and the almost 1 year old, Oliver Peek came down to celebrate with us. Oh yea, I received a great gift, my grandnephew Oliver Dale was born on my birthday. The next day, Jane and Greg came down for a day sail. We had a good time until it got a little rough, sorry Ruth & Ray!!!

The final month of 2016 went by quickly as we continued preparing the boat for our journey to Baja and the Sea of Cortez! We enjoyed spending time with friends and family while in the San Diego area.


Relaxing after Thanksgiving dinner, sister Jean, Teddy and Nikki

Nephews, Teddy and Ryan with Aunt Laura

Ryan, Lissa and soon to be??? Thanks for hosting Thanksgiving dinner!

Sailing, sailing over the deep blue sea…

We got some rain!

Lovely visit at the Del Rey Yacht Club, thank you!!!

Fun to watch these seagulls, coasting in the wind. Venice beach in the background.

Who said you needed snow to sled?

Beautiful scene at Venice Beach

It’s always great to have family aboard!

with nephews Nikki and Teddy

King Harbor Yacht Club

A lovely evening with Ralph, Tricia & Hugo

at King Harbor Yacht Club

Dick, Ellie and Maia at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club

Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club

Picking up balloons, it works good for a Person overboard drill!


Oceanside Harbor

Wonderful to be greeted in Oceanside by Jane Coronelli Fox! (Thanks for the ride to the store.)

Brother Ned, Leah and Oliver aboard for Laura’s birthday celebration

Ned, Ruth & Ray partying for Laura’s birthday

Besties, Ruth & Laura

Thrill Seekers!

Took a cruise in the VW van

Out for a day sail with Jane, Dick and Greg Fox

Enjoying a beautiful San Diego day, with Ruth & Ray

Day sailing outside of Mission Bay

La Luna at Marina Village

Fun night with Sharon and Frank


Hazel and her new brother Oliver!

Oliver Dale, born December 9th! My grand-nephew and birthday twin!!!

Look at those curls!

Isa & Lele, Santa’s elves

Fresh herbs, a lovely decor. Thank you Jane Fox!

Christmas breakfast with the Peek boys; Dick, Pop, John, Bren, Casey, Jed and Joel

Papa Peek

Lovely Christmas dinner

A morning walk (at Seaforth Marina)

the Travelers from Utah. Wig, Teddy, Jimmy & Trevor (Surprise Mom, I am here!)

Williams, Ritter, Peek family

Driving the dingy to Campland

Happy 1st birthday Oliver (Peek)! with Mom, Erin & Pop, Ryan

Sunset in San Diego Bay

A fun evening with Tony, who was our dock neighbor in Point Hudson Marina. now in San Diego

Full moon

We left San Francisco on the morning of October 23 and headed South! We had a good trip and along the way, it was so fun to see family, old friends and make new friends.

Our first day out, we arrived in Half Moon Bay. As there was BIG swell, we spent several days in the harbor. We enjoyed walking around the area, it’s beautiful beaches and small part of town near the harbor. We were able to check out Mavericks, where there is a famous, big surf competition.

Next onto Santa Cruz, where we met up with my good college friend DavidLee, his wife Dee and cute dog Bella. Always awesome to get together! We had a fun afternoon out sailing around the bay. We also had dinner with ex-Parkite, Katie Cattan and her daughter. We walked to the waterfront wharf, did some grocery shopping, and ran into Ben Carey who Dick had sailed from Maine to Annapolis with. Ben gave us a ride back to the boat with all our groceries. (Our small little world!)

November 3, we arrived in Monterey, where we had some great times. Friends, Bruce & Bridget, from s/v Sojourn, came down and picked us up and brought us to their home near Moss Landing. So awesome to have a night off MAIA. On Sunday, they took us on a tour of the area. We had a nice lunch out and enjoyed spending time. Friend, Ed Johnson, from San Diego was working in Monterey, so we spent some fun times with him. We did a few touristy things; we visited Fisherman’s Warf and went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, they had an exhibit on Baja! A little preview of things to come!

On November 2, we went to a bar to watch the Cubs win the World Series! It was so exciting!!! (Growing up in Chicago area, I was a fan as a young girl. Once a fan always a fan!) Unfortunately, when we got back to the boat Ellie was very stressed. Her anxiety had gotten the worse of her, she had chewed on the stairs, we assume trying to escape the boat. Not sure why, but this would be one of last times she stayed on the boat alone.

We also took a couple of day sails; one with Ed & Kathi Johnson, then also with Pam and Steve, who we met thru Ed! Definitely, lots of fun was had in Monterey!

On November 7, the weather looked good, so we sailed down to San Simeon Bay, and anchored below the Hearst Castle. The following day we were able to sail wing and wing to Morrow Bay. We stayed at the Yacht Club dock, and had a wonderful visit from Seth, Karen and Cosmo. As there was big swell, we needed to stay until weather improved. We enjoyed the lovely town, and beautiful sand beaches.

By November 11, we made our way south to the Cojo Anchorage and spent a beautiful night there. The next day we made it into Santa Barbara, and visited with friends Jolie & Scott. Sister Jean and John drove down from LA, we enjoyed a lovely afternoon, a beautiful sunset, and moon rise together. The next night Dick, Ellie and I went to Sterns Wharf, to watch a gorgeous full moonrise!

We arrived in Ventura on November 15 and spent a couple nights at the Ventura Yacht Club. We were greeted by several of the members and were informed that there was a potluck that night that we must attend. Jeff was nice enough to give me a ride to the grocery store, so we could pick up some food to share. We had an enjoyable dinner with the members. Definitely on the top of our list of friendly places.

Two days later, we were hauling out at the Ventura Boatyard. Our main project was to sand and re-paint the bottom. We spent 5 days “on the hard” and had our first experience of living in a boatyard. It is kind of like camping, as you cannot use your sinks, toilet etc. They had restroom and a shower nearby, so it worked ok. We had a big set of steps to get up to the deck and cockpit. It was tough for Ellie at the start, but by the end she was a champion! While in the yard, everything gets super dirty, so glad once we launched! We spent a lovey night at the Ventura Isle Marina before continuing our journey South.

It is a Pelican party at Half Moon Bay.

Looking out towards Mavericks, famous surf spot.

Ellie standing, rocking with the movement of the boat!

Santa Cruz lighthouse

The DavidLee family (David, Dee and Bella)

Out for a sail (Dick, Laura, David, Dee and Bella)

Nice look!

Katie and daughter

Santa Cruz lighthouse

at Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Amazing to run into Ben in Santa Cruz! Thanks for the ride.

Happy to be on a big bed in a house!

Bruce & Bridget, from s/v Sojourn

MAIA at the dock in Monterey

at Monterey Bay aquarium

Cubs Win the World Series!

Enjoying the company of Ed and Kathi Johnson

Dick, Laura and Ed in Monterey Harbor

Day sailing with Pam and Steve

Beautiful Moon at Sunset in San Simeon bay

Nephew Seth with Uncle Dick

Laura, Karen and Cosmo

Coho anchorage

We love sailing wing and wing!

MAIA in Morrow Bay

Happy Ellie

Sand dunes in Morrow Bay

Beautiful sunrise in Morrow Bay.

Seals in Morrow Bay

The sun is rising as we leave Morrow Bay

Fun visit with Jolie and Scott in Santa Barbara

Sunset and Moonrise with Sister Jean and John in Santa Barbara

Moonrise in Santa Barbara

Full Moon rise at Sterns Wharf in Santa Barbara

On our way South, between Santa Barbara and Ventura

Sunset on the beach in Ventura

That way to VYC!

MAIA at the Ventura Yacht Club Dock. A really awesome club!

Rah’s homemade granola, YUM!

Haul out time for MAIA

A major sand and new paint job by Captain Dick. Happy with the job!

Back in the water, yea! Sunset at Ventura Isle Marina.

Friday October 21, we said goodbye to Grand Marina in Alameda. We had a FUN day, sailing along the Waterfront and across the Bay to the San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor! On Saturday, cousins Denise and Mark Beeson came down to go for a sail with us, on the Bay. So fun to spend time with the cousins! What a beautiful afternoon and evening it was. We were treated to a green flash under the Golden Gate Bridge and an amazing sunset afterward. It was a wonderful way to end our time in San Fran! We expect to start heading South tomorrow!

San Francisco in the distance

Cranking the Genoa, we are sailing!

Cousins Mark & Denise

Fun sailing around the bay!

Cousin Mark Beeson, I was named after is grandmother, Laura Margaret!

Wonderful fun, sailing on the bay. (With Mark, Denise, Laura, Dick)

Sunset on San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate bridge behind us!

An Amazing Sunset at the Golden Gate Bridge!

We decided to take a quick road trip back “home” to Park City. We left on Sept 22 and on the way, we stopped to visit The Blackards, and meet our grand nephew, William. Then onto Utah, to support and visit friends and family. It felt great to be back in the old hood. By October 3 we were heading back “home” to MAIA, ⛵️⚓️ who was waiting for us at Grand Marina in Alameda.

On the last night of our passage to San Francisco, Dick noticed the boom was sitting on the dodger, (not a good thing). When we inspected the mast, we found that the gooseneck (the part that holds the boom onto the mast) had fractured. Yikes! Now we would find a solution, and have it fixed. We decided to have Svensons Marine, fix the crack and add a wrap around so it will be super strong. A few other projects were completed. We loved Blue Pelican Marine, where we picked up some used winches.

October 6, the Peek clan arrived in San Francisco, for the celebration of Devin and David’s wedding. We had several family members stay aboard and had a fun breakfast aboard Maia before heading south to Carmel and Big Sur. It was a fun weekend camping and attending the events. Congratulations Devin & David!  Trevor stayed after the events and we had fun exploring San Francisco together!

River Birch Ct., Park City

Beautiful Moon at Grand Marina in Alameda.

Peek family brunch on MAIA!

Peek Boys! (John, Bob, Riley, Jonas & Joel)

Good Morning! (Camping in Carmel by the Sea.) Laura, Wig & Teddy

Johnny boy, the pancake man

Congratulations to All! Devin & David’s big day.

Sunrise in Alameda

The new Boom Gooseneck!

Beautiful La Luna!

Beautiful new gooseneck, installed!

Our journey on the great Pacific from Neah Bay, WA to San Francisco, CA was a good one! We traveled 714 nautical miles in 5 days and 5 nights, with one quick stop in Coos Bay (fuel, showers and a walk for Ellie!). We met crew member Chris Bushue in Port Angeles (along with his wife Lauri and cutie dog, Jelly Bean, who spent one night with us). We did our final provisioning and had a wonderful Thai Dinner in PA.

We left Port Angeles, September 11 and were greeted quickly by the Dependable (or as others refer to it Relentless) Pacific Swell. The Swell are the big waves that are notorious on the Ocean. They are less intense when the weather is mild, but increase in height and severity with increased wind and weather. These were big rolly, swell, that is not too bad when you have been out on the Ocean for a few days, but when just starting out, can cause sea sickness. Luckily for Dick and me, we have fairly strong systems, Dick especially, so he does not seem to be bothered. I take some natural sea sickness medicine, use acupressure wrist bands, suck on Ginger candy and keep out in the cockpit and in the clear air. So far, I have done well.

When we arrived in Neah Bay, we ran into some friends we had met at Sullivan Bay, in BC, Janneke and Wietze from SY Anna Caroline. When we met them, they had sailed all the way from Holland, South to Cape Horn, then North to Alaska and were then in British Columbia! They too, were now on there way South to San Francisco. It was great to talk and get advice from some experienced cruisers! We stayed in touch via email on the entire trip down the coast. It was so great to have that communication.

After much uneasiness, Ellie the salty dog learned how to do her business on board. All of us humans felt as relieved as she did!

We had a couple rough spots on the trip. One night the wind changed to the South and with the North current the waves were very choppy. We slowed down and were able to cut through the waves a little easier. Our most excitement happened late afternoon, on September 15, as we were approaching Cape Mendocino, the wind increased, with 35-40 knot gusts and the swell increased to 6-7 feet. It was very exciting (and scary). Dick went up on deck to set up the staysail, but as soon as the sail was ready, the wind had died back down to 11 knots.

Dick’s summation of the trip in one word was “mellow”, mine was, “adventurous”. We (mostly Dick) did a great job with looking at the weather and keeping us in mostly calm conditions. We were able to sail the last 24 hours of the trip!

Chris, Lauri & Jelly Bean Bushue. Preparing for our trip to San Francisco. Chris came along as crew. (Sept 11, 2017)

Selfie of the Bushue’s and us in Port Angeles before departing on our adventure down to San Francisco.

Woohoo! Heading out of Port Angeles on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Next stop Neah Bay. With Chris Bushue, our crew for our trip down the Coast. So happy is is aboard!

Enjoying the beautiful morning after leaving Neah bay. (Sept 12, 2016)

Rounding Cape Flattery, wind and waves are picking up.

Sunset on the Great Pacific. (Sept 12, 2016)

Sunrise on the Great Pacific Ocean. Somewhere along the Coast of Washington or Oregon (Sept 13, 2016)

So fun to have the dolphins visit us! (They are camera shy, lucky to get a shot.)

Our gorgeous new Genoa!

A little cloud and fog but the moon still shone thru. It helps my confidence when it is brighter out at night. (Sept 14, 2016)

Not a selfie photo. Great having Chris aboard.

Ellie learned to brace in the big waves and swell! Our Salty dog!!!

See the waves behind Chris? The wind and waves tended to pickup in the afternoon.

The wind and swells picked up, Captain Dick is in his element.

Skipper Chris loving the wind and waves.

Less wind and waves make Laura a happy girl!

Please, please. please. Can we go to shore for a potty break?

Cooking an enchilada dinner, earlier in the day before the wind picks up. Notice how the stove is tilted (gimbaled). It rotates with the boat.

Snuggling up. Getting close to San Francisco.

Wohoo, San Francisco is dead ahead!!! We made it!!! (Sept 17, 2016)

We made it to San Francisco!

Happy crew, we made it!!! (Sept 17, 2016)

Thank you Chris Bushue. It was great to have you along.

Happy Captain!

We arrived in Port Townsend on August 23 and immediately checked in with Port Townsend Sails to pick up our new Genoa and staysail! Back to the boat to install the Genoa before Hasse came down to check the fit of the sail and give us some instruction. It was fascinating listening to all she had to teach us. So great to learn from one of the best! We gave them back the main sail as they were now going to add a couple patches to prevent wear from the upper spreader. We will be back in a couple weeks to pick it up. It was wonderful being back in Port Townsend, kind of felt like coming home. We enjoyed a wonderful walk on the beach before heading to Seattle on the 25th.

Our trip to Shilshole Marina was uneventful except as we were approaching the Harbor several Orca Whales decided to come up for air. Quite a site! Our goal was to spend a couple weeks getting MAIA ready for our trip down the coast to San Francisco. Our friends Suzette and Paul from s/v Altair (who we met at the Sceptre rendezvous) have a slip at the marina and were able to arrange a slip for us. So fun to spend time with Suzette and Paul and very grateful for their help with everything! (Arranging our slips, helping with gear selections, taking us shopping, provided us a mail and shipping location, arranging crew, taking on the selling of our old boat parts, etc, etc!)

We were also able to meet up with our friends, Lynda and Terry for dinner one evening. Terry also helped us move our old boom down to the marina (as we were selling it). We also were able to spend a little time with Elise and Tom and removed anything we had left in Elise’s garage. (Our final storage spot in Washington.) Here we met Chris Bushue, who was to become our crew member for our trip down the coast.

We shopped for new boat necessities and did some provisioning (thinking that we could be on the passage for as long as 3 weeks). Projects that were completed and installed were, new companionway latches, 2nd manual bilge pump, VHF remote mic, AIS, EPIRB and a Rochna anchor. We also wanted to get the heater working and had someone come over and do some work. It was the only project that Dick decided not to tackle on his own.

On the 7th of September, we arrived back in Port Townsend to pick up our Genoa and enjoy a few days of the Wooden Boat Festival! We anchored outside of Siren’s (now feeling a little experienced with the spot). It was great to have pleasant weather. When we arrived, there was a smattering of boats at anchor, by the time we left, we had to weave our way thru many boats.

During the show it was fun to connect with Rosemary & Dave of La Vie en Rose (thanks for the show tickets!) We attended awesome free seminars, from well-known speakers Lin Pardy & Nigel Caulder. Also, great to see Jerry and Ginny (s/v Heron Reach) and have dinner together.

Raising our new Genoa! Thanks Hasse and company. Back at Point Hudson Marina, one of our favorites! (Aug 25, 2016)

Early morning hike on beach in Port Townsend. Such a beautiful and serene spot.

Leaving Point Hudson Marina.

Sunset in Seattle, at Shilshole Marina. We spent a couple weeks here, getting ready for our trip down the West Coast to San Francisco. (Aug 26, 2016)

Friends Suzette, Paul, Laura, Dick and Ellie

Back in Port Townsend for the Wooden Boat show. So fun to see friends, look at the beautiful boats and got to some great clinics. (Sept 9, 2016)

Beautiful moon, during Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat show. Fun to see all the boats in town.

We left Port McNeil early morning heading for Bull Harbor. Mid-day we spotted a pod of 4-6 whales, such an awesome site and a good omen for our journey! Near Bull Harbor, we had our first experience with the Dependable, Pacific Swell. It was amazing to see the waves coming through the channel and begin bouncing up and down in a predictable pattern.

It was delightful to be met by Kevin and Gina of Raven at the dock in Bull Harbor. We took a terrific hike up past the old Coast Guard station to the beautiful beach and Ocean before dinner and confirming our plans for our next day’s journey.

On August 14, we had an early start from Bull Harbor, with Raven just ahead of us. It was an overcast morning with light wind and about a 3-foot west swell. At 0716 we were treated to another beautiful site, a pod of Orca whales. By 1000, we were passing Cape Scott, our first major hurdle. Late afternoon we anchored in Browning Inlet after motoring by and checking out Winter Harbor. It was another beautiful anchorage, but we had a lot of fly’s and mosquitos. So glad we have screens!

Day two, we had a beautiful sail with our speed up to 7 knots and about a 4-foot swell. Late afternoon we anchored in the Bunsby Islands in a cove on the west side of Gay Passage. We had cocktails aboard Raven. We also had the pleasure of meeting John and Justine of s/v Rhythm who gifted us some freshly caught salmon.

We had an exhilarating day three. It was a quiet morning, but by 1030 we were sailing with an apparent NNW wind of 13 knots. We had the staysail up and a reefed main. By afternoon, the wind, swell and wind waves picked up. We figured we had about 26 knots of apparent wind! By 1530 we turned the engine on and took the sails down as we did not have the control, that we wanted with MAIA. Waves were slapping us around, we were not making the progress we needed into port. It was a Harrowing experience for Laura! Very happy to pull into Esparanza Inlet and set anchor by 1730 in Queen’s Cove in the Nootka Island area.

The next morning Ellie and I took a row in the dingy. After she had done her business on a small beach we continued rowing around the bay. Much to our surprise a beautiful, young looking, black bear meandered out of the forest and down to the beach! Ellie enjoyed stalking the bear from the dingy. As the winds were going to continue to be strong for a couple days we motored up to the small town of Zeballos with our buddy boat, Raven.

We radioed ahead to check about dock space and were greeted on the radio by a fellow yachtie, Lew. He said come on in and they would help tie us up. As the winds were very strong out in the Pacific, the local fishing fleet were also in port. We tied up and rafted off the fishing boat, Pacific Venture. It turned into a couple, wonderful, fun days of summer. With the heat in the high 80’s to 90’s we hiked to the river nearby and swam both days, we celebrated Lew’s birthday, with a magnificent dock party with both fishermen and yachties, hosted by his wonderful wife, Wendy.

On the morning of August 19th, we said our goodbyes and continued southward on our own. We had a little bit of a time crunch as we needed to be in Port Townsend by August 25 to pick up our new sails! We motored out of Zeballos to Santa Gertudis Cove for a night of anchoring before heading to Clayoquat Sound and Hot Springs Cove. We loved our anchorage at Hot Springs Cove as we were right next to the landing “strip” for the Sea Planes. We had a lovely morning hike up to the hot springs. So fun to see all the dock planks with names of fellow yachties. (People bring planks to add to the walkway.)

As the wind was still howling on the great pacific, we took the “inside” passage to Tofino. Winds were so strong that our furled Genoa ripped. We were thrilled to get to Tofino. Even though the current was super strong, Captain Dick, expertly docked us at Marina West. We had a nice walk around town that evening.

The following morning, we re-fueled in Tofino and south to Barkley Sound! In the late afternoon of August 22, we entered Trevor Channel, as whales led our way in. We found a little inlet to anchor (which we named Whale Cove) and were treated to a magnificent Whale feeding show out in the channel. We spent one last night in British Columbia, anchored in Thrasher Cove, in Port San Juan. A pod of whales escorted us into the Harbor.

The following morning, we had a BIG whale visit us off our starboard side and then they surfaced again behind us. So awesome! At 1035 on August 24th we entered the waters of the USA and checked into Port Angeles that evening. Thank you, BC for the wonderful summer! We will be back!

the beach at Bull Harbor, with Kevin and Gina from s/v Raven. (Aug 13, 2016)

Rounding Cape Scott – our northern most point in BC. Heading downhill from here. (8/14/16)

Mom, I see a black bear!!! Can I go chase it?

After a swim in the river, with Kevin & Gina.

Hot weather in Zebalos – cold river to take a dip in!

Fun time in Zebalos! Gina & Laura

Fun Birthday Party for Lew on the dock in Zebalos! Yatista’s and fishermen partying together. Thank you Wendy (Forth)! (Aug 18, 2016)

Hike to the Hot Springs in Hot Springs Cove! (Aug 21, 2016)

Gorgeous Hot Springs, perfect temperature for a morning shower.

Whales were feeding in Trevor Channel. What a wonderful sight!

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Finishing our tour of Vancouver Island!

Entering back into the USA. Where’s the wind?

Bye Canada, thank you for a wonderful summer! We will be back! (Taking down the courtesy flag.)