South Gulf Islands
We had a long weekend and headed up to the Gulf Islands. On the way up, the Skagit Bridge collapsed, so the weekend got off to a weird start. We started by grabbing a buoy off Cabbage Marine Park and spending a wonderful afternoon hiking and playing on the beach. The next morning, we went through Georgeson Pass (timed with slack) and sailed up toward Saltspring Island. The wind allowed us to sail the whole way. We sailed into Fulford Harbor which (we didn’t know) had been damaged by a big storm several years back. The marina was destroyed and has never been rebuilt. So, we went ashore, bought some popsicles and water, left and spent the night at Russell Island. We woke up and decided to check out Ruckle Provincial Park. The anchorage was not comfortable, so we quickly jumped in the dinghy and went ashore. We tied Gabby to a sign that said, “no dogs” and hiked to an old farm that has sheep and old houses. Then took a hike along the shore to a Geocache and back to the dinghy. Unfortunately, the tide went out and the BC ferry wake slammed the dinghy on the rocks. After re-floating the dinghy, we noticed it was slowly taking on water on the way back to the boat. We sailed over to Bedwell Harbor where we went on a hike and then for a swim. We also pulled the dinghy out of the water and turned it over to find a hole. A small bummer in an awesome long weekend.