Monday, May 20, 2019

A Short Jaunt in the Boat



It's a long weekend here in Canada - Victoria Day is the unofficial start of summer. Boats, camping, barbecues - the season is short and we Canadians make the most of it. We took the boat out on her first outing for the season and enjoyed gloriously sunny weather, perfect for hiking, lounging on the boat, and reading. We didn't go far, to Bedwell Harbour off Pender Island.

We decided to come home on Sunday night and arrived around 9 pm. During the night rain began to fall and it's been drizzly all day, so a good move on our part. 


Tim went for a little ride in the dinghy, looking at other boats in the harbour. He's very conscientious about wearing his life jacket, and a hat.


On Sunday afternoon we hiked up Mount Norman. It's a hike we've done a couple of other times, but we've always wandered down some other trails and never found the peak. Not so this time. We arrived at the viewpoint and enjoyed the vast expanses to the south, west, and northwest. The freighter in the above photo is making a sharp course adjustment at Turn Point off Stuart Island where the Canada/USA border also makes a very sharp turn.


Beautiful wildflowers grow on the island, delicate and pale. Already the lack of rain is drying out the forest. I'm glad today has been wet for the ground badly needs the moisture.


I love the warm resinous scent that rises from the forest floor. Now is the time when the evergreens put forth new growth of lime green. 


We packed a little lunch and ate it perched on a rocky shore after descending the mountain. A river otter entertained us by fishing and consuming his lunch while we ate ours. He dove under the water and came up with something in his mouth that required a lot of chewing and then he threw his head back to swallow.


Evening sunset as we arrived back on our island home. 

Linking with Mosaic Monday, hosted by Angie of Letting Go of the Bay Leaf. 

29 comments:

  1. I really like your photos of the coastline and scenery, wow!

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  2. You are very fortunate to be able take a short jaunt and have such lovely scenery and wildlife to enjoy right on your doorstep. There is nothing better or more invigorating than being out of doors on a lovely day in beautiful surroundings.

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  3. ...you sure do live in a magical area!

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  4. You are certainly blessed surround by so much beauty. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

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  5. God’s country...

    A lovely outing to honor the holiday. I appreciate the big views and the closer ones of the flowers, rocks, and whatever else you share.

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  6. What a beautiful place to live. I love seeing that otter!

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  7. Looks like a wonderful getaway! You were wise to return home before the rain set in...
    always enjoy seeing your lovely photos Lorrie.

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  8. What a perfect way to spend a day.

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  9. So glad you and Tim were able to take a boat jaunt - let's face it, any type of boat/ship travel is exciting, nothing beats the water moving us along!
    Beautiful scenery Lorrie and otters are a lot of fun to watch, such smart animals.
    Glad your Victoria Day celebration was so enjoyable. Tell Tim that Bob was pleased to see him in life vest and hat - all those insurance claims come to mind!
    Mary x

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  10. Nice photos, Lorrie.

    As usual, the long weekends come and go way too quickly. I'm sure you're counting down to the end of classes.

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  11. Summer must be around the corner if you have your boat out. It looks like a very restful and peaceful time!

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  12. A very lovely jaunt! Those hikes afford the best views! Beautiful. Glad you made it home before the rains.

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  13. What a wonderful connection you have to nature. As someone brought up in a country village now living in a concrete jungle, I often crave fresh air, the never ending beauty and expanse of nature... and meeting some animal friends (of the non insect variety!) in my daily life. Lucky I can join you on your short jaunt!
    You are one of my favourite quotes on my blogspot post this week! Thank you :)
    Wren x

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  14. Lorrie - I love the word "jaunt". It reverberates with thoughts of fun, and new, pleasantly surprising experiences. Judging from your pictures, it is an accurate description for your outing! How astonishing to see an otter, and long enough to observe it hunting and eating! Thanks for sharing your "jaunty" mosaics with everyone at Mosaic Monday!

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  15. Beautiful photos, such vibrant colours of green and blue.

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  16. Sounds like a delightful short jaunt!

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  17. What a beautiful day and gorgeous scenery. Glad you found the peak.

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  18. Lorrie, Love the sharp turn photo from way up high. Love the otter photo. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

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  19. Lorrie, that is some scenery I'd so love to see. And I'm always happy to see people wearing life jackets when on boats. (PS I'm doing a giveaway open to Canada as well as US!)

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  20. What a great way to spend your day! Such a lovely place. :) Kit

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  21. An absolutely beautiful place to visit, great memories for sure. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  22. Such a beautiful "first" outing of the summer! I am glad you were able to find the peek and enjoy the view! And that otter . . .

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  23. Another wonderful post, Lorrie! Especially the view in the first photo is very appealing.
    My brother and his fishing pal have launched their (small) boat yesterday... but the weather is cool and rainy at the moment. My brother's friend is a teacher and the school year in Finland ends at the end of next week.
    Have a blessed Sunday!

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  24. How lovely to be out in the boat and look at the beautiful views.

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  25. Lovely to see your photographs.
    How nice to be out on a boat …

    Enjoy these last days of May.

    All the best Jan

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  26. enjoy your spring/summer and bring on the rain! Thank you for stopping by my blog last week. We were off for a few days in our caravan and went on a few hikes too.

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  27. Oh my, I feel the peacefulness of your weekend. Those photos are just beautiful, Lorrie! Being out on the water must be so soul-refreshing.

    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead...
    Brenda xox

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  28. Love your adventures in nature in your part of the world. It is just awesome, such majesty and beauty. The wildflowers touch my heart for some reason more than ever this year. And the water would be quite glorious, so peaceful.

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