Midwinter Holiday

What do you do when everything is shutting down again, due to Covid, and you have a week or so of sunny weather coming up? That’s right….take your house out of the city and anchor out in some of your favorite places! We took off right after sunrise and headed out to go for a few days to Russell Island.

White shell beach on Russell Island

One of our favorite places to go is a little Island on the south end of SaltSpring Island called Russell Island. It’s called the Northern Hawaii Island (locally) because it was originally settled by a Polynesian Lady and she raised her family there. It has a nice dinghy dock, a great white shell/sand beach and a fabulous walking trail around the island. It’s deemed a Marine Park and even has the old homestead and gardens still there. Anyone can come out in the fall and pick apples from many different types of apple trees.

We spent a quiet 4 days here with maybe 1 or 2 other boats. We rowed Charlie ashore multiple times a day, read lots of books and generally relaxed. We were planning our sail home but according to the weather app- we were to have continued nice weather…..so we decided to stay out.

Next was a quick trip to MillBay to fill with water and diesel (our diesel heater has been going full time) and then a quick motor to Todd Inlet, in Brentwood Bay. This is a great bay that can hold a lot of boats in the summer and it’s just off the famous Butchart Gardens (which can be accessed from shore).

Todd Inlet

We met up with a few people we know here….Dave and Beth on SV Waitabit and Kendra and Dan on SV R Therapy 2. Nice to socialize with other boaters- even if it’s Covid style. We decided after 3 days here to meet up with Waitabit in Poets Cove, where another boater we know is heading. Could be a party!

All Sails Up

We had great wind on the way to Poets Cove and got to sail most of the way there. We averaged 4-5 knots in 7-8 knots of wind. We had all 4 sails up and looked really pretty sailing along. Once we got to Poets Cove, we took a spot on the dock for one night- so we could go enjoy the pool and hot tub! Then the next day we headed out to the anchorage for another night.

We decided to head home the next day…..and our 3 day holiday turned into a 10 day adventure! We motored all the way home- no wind, but plenty of logs to keep us on our toes!

Returning Home to Victoria

We made great time…..it helps not to just have some wind behind you but have the tide pushing you along too, and we made a 6 hour trip in 4.5 hours. Time to plug in, run the dehumidifier, get some laundry done, and head to the store for some provisions. Best of all….the gyms are back open and we will be able to get back to fitness after a month of closures. The weather remained beautiful pretty much the whole time we were out and our diesel heater kept our home nice and cozy.

Sunset in Victoria Harbour

Now that we are back home, we are starting to plan our job board, order any parts we need, and plan our ‘big left turn’ in the Summer and head to Mexico. Cheers everyone!

One thought on “Midwinter Holiday

  1. Hi you two, Thank you for this midwinter chapter. The photos are wonderful and you’ll be making anyone who gets the email very envious. It was such a good idea to have a break from your regular wharf. Nick kindly came and helped my on my lower land last Thursday. We finished getting the daphne plants out then hauled them all up to the dump. Three trips in my car, it was a huge pile. I’m glad that’s all done. Next I’ll get some people to cut down two dead trees and haul all that stuff left over from a previous cutting to a chipper. Once that’s done I’ll try to get a burning permit to clear up a lot of debris which has collected over the years. Enjoy the Y again now it’s open once again. Love mum

    On Fri., Jan. 28, 2022, 9:39 p.m. DakotAdventures, wrote:

    > dakotaventures posted: ” What do you do when everything is shutting down > again, due to Covid, and you have a week or so of sunny weather coming up? > That’s right….take your house out of the city and anchor out in some of > your favorite places! We took off right after sunrise” >

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