Did some coding today and then switched to the J24. I helped the girls, a bit, with their efforts to wash the cars for some allowance. I am going to focus on the J24 over the next 1 or 2 weeks… otherwise it will not get out sailing this season!
Helped deliver kitchen and windows to Nelson Island early this morning.
It took awhile to load the boat up but off-loading was very fast. Everything was put on the shore just above the high-tide to be carried up later. This allowed me to return in short order. I trailered the boat back to the Inlet with an hour to spare. I was up Salmon Inlet 1.5 hrs later. Loads of logging going on and all very friendly. I listened on the radio and they all talked very well to each other. I got a hello from just about everyone as they left for the day and a few stopped to chat while their boat waited to fill up. They were all dirty and clearly tired but loads of positive energy and smiles.
Trailered the boat up to Madiera Park this morning and it was loaded up with kitchen cabinets and 24 windows needed for a build on Nelson Island. Unfortunately; the seas were too rough to offload them – we did not even try to leave the harbour. So we will have to try again tomorrow morning – much earlier this time – and hope the wind reports are more accurate this time. I returned home and soon after was cleaning the fish tank with the girls (a 2hr job).
It will be a tight schedule tomorrow as I must put the boat back into the Inlet by noon so I can take some folks up Salmon Inlet.
Spent most of the day on/by the water socializing with friends. Managed to get a full crew (5) together for a sail on a friends J/24 (mine is still being refitted). Spent the evening; getting the Land Rover from the mechanic, getting my trailer from a friend, and pulling the boat out in preparation for a drive to Madiera Park Marina tomorrow morning.
I spent the morning coding.
Sometime around noon – a friend and I loaded the quad into the landing craft and took a trip up Sechelt Inlet. We came across a pod of orcas on our way out and on our return trip. We landed at Jakes Landing and headed up the mountain. The roads were in pretty good shape – but the slope/roads were steep with cliff like drop offs.
We reached the end of the road and stood looking into a forest. I knew that it was short hike to the lake so we decided to do the hike. The forest was open and heavily mossed covered with no ‘bush’ to push our way through. It was a nice forest to hike in. The way seemed to be marked by tags tied to trees… but no real trail to speak of. We arrived at the lake in something like 1hr. The lake was covered by ice/snow but it looks like it will be gone within the next 1 or 2 weeks. A great base camp for a family adventure.
I misjudged the tide by about 1ft which meant that the boat was beached when we returned. The tide was coming in but it looked like we were going to be staying for awhile. I asked the Coast Guard to call home and let the families know that we may be a bit late. Meanwhile – we decided to meet some locals. We had a little social time (thanks George and Anne). The boat was floated much sooner than I expected so we were on our way after just a couple of hours.
Today (Friday) was the last day of school for the girls. In fact – this was the last day at Sun Haven. The girls will be in public school starting in September. We all feel sad that we will not be seeing so much of some of the Sun Haven kids, faculty and parents. Molly still had her tutoring session after school. The girls have a friend over for dinner and sleep.
I spent most of the day coding. Great progress!
I just finished planning out a scouting trip in the area of Mount Drew and Earle Range. I am still looking for high altitude hiking with a drive most of the way up (because of kids and time constraints). A friend will be coming along for this one. It will be a boat ride for about 1hr each way – with the quad and then some scouting (mostly by quad). I am expecting to see snow above 1200m.
Mom took the girls into school. Valerie caught a flight (float plane) from Sechelt to Vancouver so she could run an errand and choose counter top for the kitchen. I coded until 2pm. I hit a majour milestone with the development schedule so I am pretty happy about that. I picked up some boxs and drove to the school (they need the boxs to pack up some classes for the summer). I watched Molly in her classes play (very nice job by all on that). I returned home for a few more hours of coding.
I got a call from the mechanic working on the Land Rover that it was ready for a test drive. I met the mechanic and was soon out for the maiden voyage of the Land Rover with the new engine. It runs way better than before – and its not just me imagining things. I now realize just how the sick the thing was when I took it in… and for years before that.
I am planning a 1 day trip to scout a hiking route up to Mount Drew (or nearby lesser peak). I hope to do this within the next few days.
Here are some pictures of the kitchen…
Awoke this morning with the sun warming our tent. Maggie, Molly and I got up soon after. Breakfast was soon underway and more kids from school arrived.
I spent a good chunk of the day doing something for the camping – cooking, dishs, breaking camp, and running for supplies. I eventually settled down to some coding but not for long. I made dinner then Mom and Valerie headed off into town to see a movie. I put the girls to bed and, now, find myself back on the computer again.
Valerie will be in Vancouver most of the day tomorrow.
Solid day coding yesterday with an early start (about 5am) making up for the early transition (about 2pm) to girls camping. The camping was school organized and was in the park just down the street.