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Schooner Cove and Winds still Up August 31, 2010

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue in the Broughtons 2010.
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‘8-30-10 Monday – Mileage to Schooner Cove total is 691.8 so 16.4 miles for the day. We spent some time on the internet then went for about a 7 km hike around the golf course, parks and neighborhood. We saw 33 deer of which 5 had antlers for sure. Two of them were four points and many fawns. Lots of blackberries to pick but some out of our reach. If the blackberry bushes were not close to water the berries were very small due to the drought that is evident here. Lots of signs with no campfires, no smoking etc. and of course very dry plants and such. The thought was to head across the Straits of Georgia as we have a coupon for Bowen Island, north of Vancouver, but the weather forecast is for increasing wind that was supposed to start happening today but didn’t. They said up to 15 in most areas and 20 at Qualicum Beach. It was 5 kts at the most where ever you looked. We’ll see if they revise it tomorrow. We’ll head out early to Nanaimo in the morning as the forecast says increasing winds by noon on Tuesday.
‘8-31-10 Still at Schooner Cove. The increasing winds and heavy rain started last night. Winds from the south at 25+ still at 3:15pm. It looks pretty rough out on Georgia Strait because of the long fetch it has. About 13 miles to Nanaimo from here. I called Nanaimo Yacht Club and they are low on space as boats haven’t left the area due to the high winds. They are open until 9pm tonight so not a problem getting a key for in and out. NYC will check their docks and I’ll call later. The guys here say it won’t die down probably until the winds clock around from the north. Weather guys say 10 to 15 later this afternoon but not happening so far.
Steve and Judy
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Toba Wildernest Resort – False Bay – Schooner Cove August 30, 2010

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‘8-26-10 We sailed twice for a total 0f 10.7 miles up Homfray Channel, then met winds on our nose and sailed a while more. Finally motored for trip 592.2, for 22.8 miles at Toba Wildernest Resort. Very interesting power plant with about 220 feet of head on a Turgo wheel. It was out of operation due to no rain for a long time finally and full cabins. He has a 30 KW diesel as a backup to his 30 KW hydro plant. After the cabins empty out he can go back to using his hydro power. So far he has used diesel for 8 days this year. He does use propane for the shower system that is four loonies. The dock is in an “L” shape with 50 and 160 feet and no protection of a log boom or anything. White caps and rough water were near the dock when we came in. We moored on the inside. Later it settled down. A nice trail to the waterfall and source for the hydro power. We failed to notice until too late, 9pm, that his spotty internet needs a password. I mean we are in the middle of nowhere and they have a password that no one told us about or is noted in the office. I tried calling on 66a several times and used the intercom system at the office. No response. When we came in we tried calling on 66a and 16 with no response then too. I did notice he had the radio on 66a while he was showing the place to us. This is their 7th year here after seeing a For Sale sign he acted on. When we got to the waterfall rain started coming down for a while. A big rainbow came out with the sunshine. You could see the second rainbow also. We walked the trails and picked blackberries. Boaters can’t use the hot tub, only cabin people. He took some of the cabin people out fishing for the evening. No fish but did get a nice batch of prawns from a trap earlier set. Some logging equipment and tools are staged around the property. Paul Russell, the guy from Shelton with “Ellie K” that gave us a ride into Gorge Harbour was here a few days and ago and told Judy about the place. In 1792 there was a ‘Toba Tabla’ remarked on by Europeans that was about 4 feet by 7 1/2 feet made of wood with drawings on it and such in this area. See http://www.nickdoe.ca/pdfs/Webp28c.pdf or Google “Toba Tabla”. Some what interesting read and the picture/drawing is interesting too to see.