445. Sunday 28th June 2015. Vancouver to Vancouver Island and back again…

Thursday 25th June.

Normally I would call today a lay day. Instead it was a slow day. It was the first day of a predicted heatwave. For the first time since coming to Canada we sought the comfort of shade. We did some activities but without any great haste. Although 24 hours early, we took the Chevvy  Cruze back to Budget Car Hire at the airport. In the afternoon we accompanied Doug n Linda to a marina near the airport where they have their boat berthed. While they set about cleaning we took a walk to the casino next door.

Ready for cleaning. Note the airplane just above the casino building.

Ready for cleaning. Note the airplane just above the casino building.

Linda in full boat cleaning mode.

Linda in full boat cleaning mode.

The airport flight path runs directly over the marina. Luckily the really big airplanes land in the early morning or evening. During the day it is domestics flights which roar overhead  on their landing run. Conversation halts for a few moments, resumes, then halts again when the next plane flies overhead and so on all day. Later we all enjoyed a cold beer sitting aboard the boat.

Friday 26th June

In the morning we went to Locarno Beach near Vancouver City. It was interesting to see the beach, with a cement coloured sand, gravel and rocks beneath the water , no surf and large logs on the beach.

Locarno Beach. Note the logs spread out across the beach and the container ships in the bay.

Locarno Beach. Note the logs spread out across the beach and the container ships in the bay.

I questioned how when where & why the logs are on the beach. Generally the reply was a shrug of the shoulders. However Vancouver Harbour always has lots of deadheads floating in the water. Deadheads are logs…large, extra large and extra extra  large. They are a menace to navigation. Somehow they find their way onto the shoreline and there they stay. If on a public beach they are hauled ashore and placed in rows and used as seating, back rests, to define beach volley ball courts and the thing they do best is look ugly.

Locarno Beach. Note the barge laden with wood chip being towed. Note also the size of some of those logs on the beach.

Locarno Beach. Note the barge laden with wood chip being towed. Note also the size of some of those logs on the beach.

Some people make a business of collecting newer logs and towing them to a buyer. The harbour and Fraser River which drains into it are huge and the number of floating logs is immense. Once upon a time the city and or harbour master had contractors to remove floating logs but no longer do so. Hmmm! Curios!

There must be hundreds of damaged boats every year from these floating logs.

In the afternoon we caught a late afternoon ferry from Tsawwassan near the US border to Duke Point on Vancouver Island.

An unsuspecting passenger aboard a B C Ferry

An unsuspecting passenger aboard a B C Ferry

Lighthouse on approach to Vancouver Island.

Lighthouse on Entrance Island with Gabriola Island in the background on the approach to Vancouver Island.

Joan collected us from the jetty. I enjoy travelling on the ferry as the two hour trip is long enough to sit back and relax and White Spot Cafes are aboard. Generally the food is good and plentiful and the dining area is well set up and near enough to windows so you can still have a view while eating. Nearing the island we passed closed to the Entrance Island Lighthouse with Gabriola Island behind.

Saturday 27th June

We spent the day with Donnis mum and sister Joan as we will be leaving from Vancouver on Monday and have no time left to spend on the island.

Sunday 28th June

Joan was kind enough to drive us to Duke Point to catch the mid- morning  ferry back to Tsawwassan, a two hour trip. Linda was kind enough to pick us up from the terminal and take us back to her house.

Thank you once again for your hospitality Joan. We appreciate your time, energy and help, often at short notice.

Sigh!!! The holiday is almost over.

Looking forward to a 14 hour flight to Sydney.

Yeah?

Really???

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