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Marbella

August 5, 2009

This past long weekend my friend Kristina invited me to spend a few days with her and her family aboard their 50ft Coastal Craft “Marbella”.

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We were to meet Kristina’s parents in Nanaimo and decided we would fly into Nanaimo Harbour rather than waste hours on the ferry’s. Flying is the way to go, the flight from harbour to harbour takes 25 mins and often the weekend rates are as low as $54. We flew Harbour Air.

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The pilot seemed tired so I told him to sit back and relax and I (and my two chins) would get us there safely.

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After an initial near miss with the Lions Gate bridge it was smooth flying.

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Okay I didn't fly the plane, he did.

Okay I didn't fly the plane, he did.

We arrived safely in Nanaimo Harbour were we met up with Kristina’s parents Barry and Karen. We had a look around the boat, relaxed and had a drink.

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I'm experimenting with HDR photography.

I'm experimenting with HDR photography.


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The neighbours had a nice dinghy.

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We went for the the best fish and chips I’ve ever had at Troller’s on the dock.

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Later that afternoon we took a dinghy to Protection Island to meet Karen’s brother Michael and his family. Protection Island is beautiful and worth a visit, they run a small ferry service much like Granville Island’s with access back and forth all day.

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Michael was cabin (house sitting for a friend). We hung out on the beach in front of their friends property, enjoyed the sun and went swimming.

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We had dinner that evening at the Dinghy Dock Pub. The burgers were great, but I’d leave the bbq pizza on the bbq.

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The sun was setting as we motored back to the Marbella for the evening.

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We woke early the following morning so that we could motor through Dodd Narrows before the tidal currents became to strong. We cruised around Mudge Island, past Pirates Cove and up the front of Gabriola Island were we eventually anchored in Silva Bay.

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It turned out two sets of Barry and Karen’s friends were moored at the docks so we we went to say hello.

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Everyone agreed to meet for lunch at the Silva Bay Pub, we did a little exploring with the dinghy on the way.

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Another example of HDR photography

Another example of HDR photography

After lunch we spent a few minutes photographing the Marbella.

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Before pulling anchor and heading back to the mainland we went for a swim.

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Off we went crossing the straight in one hour at a comfortable 26 knots, much more civilized than a ferry.

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Home Sweet Home

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Thank you Barry, Karen and Kristina for the memorable adventure.

Life is Great!

July 21, 2009

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I started my vacation with a 40th anniversary party for my Mom and Dad. We held it at my Aunt and Uncle’s home over looking the ocean on a beautiful warm sunny day. The following are random images from that day. Congratulations Mom and Dad.

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My sister got a new wiener.

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We ate 15 pounds of fresh prawns.

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We did some fishing.

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And I spent the rest of my time up the lake at my friends float cabin.

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