One of our favorite things to do when visiting places by boat is to sample some of the local specialties. For example, while in Nanaimo, B.C. last summer, we tried several versions the Nanaimo bar, a three-tiered confection with a cookie crumb base topped by layers of custard and chocolate. After tying up on a [...]
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As we pulled into our slip in the Inner Harbour in Victoria, B.C., I was a little surprised. Though I’m a native British Columbian, I’d somehow forgotten just how charming and beautiful the provincial capital is. Before last week, my memories of it consisted of elementary school field trips and a couple of visits in my twenties [...]
The first thing we noticed as we approached Neah Bay was the boats, then moments later, the smell. There were few, if any, other cruising boats moored at the Makah Marina when we arrived in a downpour a week ago on our way to Barkley Sound. The docks were filled with commercial and recreational fishing [...]
Today is officially our first day as liveaboards — or to be more accurate, stayaboards. We’ve long talked about living aboard but weren’t quite ready to sell our furniture, move out of our townhouse in Ballard and make the leap. But we were spending an inordinate amount of time in the summer schlepping our stuff back [...]
Reality rarely lives up to fantasy, but this time was an exception. Marty and I had been fantasizing for months about how wonderful it would be to finally get our boat heater installed. Our 1989 Island Packet had spent its life in Southern California and Mexico before we bought it a year and a half [...]
To say I have an aversion to outhouses is putting it mildly. My mother still laughs hysterically when recalling the time that she took me, then about 3 years old, to an outhouse during some wretched camping trip or another. I got within a few feet of it and my gag reflex kicked in, presaging [...]
For boaters, Nanaimo is known as a stopping-off point and a good place for provisioning, but a visit to the Vancouver Island city wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the delectable dessert bars it’s known for. The Nanaimo bar has achieved almost cult-like status among Nanaimoans, who mobilized to have it elected Canada’s favorite [...]