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Old 08-12-2010, 11:17 PM   #2176
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You should have gone over and told the tug boat guys that once they're done goofing around, you could use a little help moving some tile.

You know.... a lot of people on their way to work have to deal with crazy drivers, traffic jams and construction. You don't get a lot of that, do you? It sure is beautiful scenery.

Did you get the remainder of the tile from the marina?
That's one of the funniest things I've ever heard...lovely!

Here's the trouble with the channel where we are. It is a main waterway for boats of all sorts traveling inside the gulf, as we call it. They go up and down, whereas we go across. We do have to keep our eyes open for these boats, as many of them are pretty big and quite fast compared to us.

There are rules of the road, but it seems the bigger boat you have, the more you can ignore the rules.

So, once we get across after having to deal with huge wakes from these overpowered boats, then we get to deal with the traffic.

Tile is here.

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Old 08-12-2010, 11:26 PM   #2177
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Now, speaking of those chaps on the tugs, after I had got back to the island, they had seemingly got this problem - whatever it was - under control.

When I first spotted them, they were about a mile off DeCourcey Island, which is north west of us.

When I was coming back over, they had drifted all the way down to Yellow Point, which is south of us on Vancouver Island.

After I had got the boat tied up and things generally tidied up, I was walking down to go for a swim and they had the same three tugs pulling and pushing this small boom up toward Dodd Narrows. They had got about two miles north of Yellow Point when I saw them. In other words, they were nearly back to where I saw them this morning!

Not exactly what I would call a productive day!

I still can't imagine why they had 3 tugs for such a small boom. Maybe there was a problem with one of the boom sticks. It's anybody's guess I suppose.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:37 PM   #2178
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Bet you are wore out tonight after all of the moving. The last picture is really beautiful. We have mountains all the way around us here and we do have the Tennessee River right up to the mountains but the water up your way just looks cleaner and probably is.

I would have liked to see the wood the tugs were trying to haul up, some of that wood is very very expensive.
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It isn't common for a log to sink here, unless it is a waterlogged hemlock. And I can assure you they wouldn't be wasting money like that on any hemlock.

If a log sinks here, it's gone...goodbye. They wouldn't waste their time even trying to find it.

About the only logs here worth big dollars would be the red cedar, some of which are magnificent logs, or the yellow cedar. The yellow is very uncommon, and I believe I am right in saying that they most likely get the yellow from areas that they can be moved by logging truck rather than by water.

That's not to imply that a boom of choice douglas fir isn't worth a fortune, it is. But on a board foot basis, the cedars are in a league of their own.

And that, right there, is the reason I cut almost all my cedar on the mill right out of the chuck. There's no way we could have afforded to buy what we have in this place from a mill. Even at wholesale it would have been outrageous.
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Before I go any further, there is a meteor shower going on right now...it should be one of the best ever. If you have a clear sky, find somewhere to lay down outside and just look up. You should see lots of meteors every hour while it is dark.

When I got to the marina this morning, the pallet of tile was exactly as I had left it.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:44 PM   #2180
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I was there early enough that the gangplank was at a reasonable angle, so I tried 3 boxes (180 lbs) at a time.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:57 PM   #2181
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That worked OK, and after I had taken just two trips down, a young fellow who was evidently waiting for some friends to arrive asked if I would like him to help me.

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I graciously accepted his offer. And while I was moving the next load down, he used one of the wheelbarrows to put three boxes of tile in.

This was pretty cool I thought...so we had a chat...and it turns out he is from DeCourcey and has his cabin at Pirate's Cove. His name was Allan Johnson and he was a prince of a guy.

It seems we have a lot of mutual acquaintances...very interesting.

Sadly, his friends arrived shortly after he started to help, but he managed a dozen boxes before they got there. I assure you I thanked him profusely for his most kind help, which saved me quite a bit of time.

He did, however, have one bit of sad news. One of our mutual friends - who must remain nameless here - has cancer in one leg, and it is serious. The surgeon told him that it was necessary to amputate the leg, and I can just imagine my friend's reply to the surgeon.

Apparently, he still has the leg but is walking with crutches now. I think that might be preferable to hopping on one leg. Allan didn't know what was going to transpire in the near future with our friend.

But here's the sad part...he and his lovely lady have two little ones, about the same ages as our two grandsons who just visited us. I simply cannot imagine what he must be going through.

I did ask Allan if he would be kind enough to convey my best wishes.
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Not long after I arrived at the marina, I spotted 8 vultures circling overhead. They weren't kind enough to all get close so I could get a decent pic, so two will have to do. I didn't have a tele lens with me.
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And this is what I was looking for...an empty pallet!

All on the boat, and in much less time than yesterday thanks to Allan.
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Barb:

Here's why we can't get the sailboat round to the docks on the far side.

The tide still is not down all the way yet...it goes at least another 3 feet at low. Those rocks carry on for quite a distance, and even trying to get the skiff around this side at low tide is tricky.

So now you know.
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Not so long ago...before the two warring parties who own/run the marina started acting like two year olds...this crane could be used to load heavy freight on to the boats or barges.

I don't know what flimsy excuse they have conjured up to stop its' use, but whatever it is, it is effectively out of commission.

This was the only crane of any capacity at all (two tons) between Nanaimo harbour and Ladysmith harbour at the government dock. 5 tons there I think.
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I do my best not to leave any footprints behind me, so I made sure to take the pallets with me as well.

I did see that someone else has left a pallet in the yard, and that there have been several left over near the crane.
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If nothing else, they can be broken up for firewood....

Here's the sailboat just getting underway fully loaded out of the marina. There was a really stiff headwind about this time. The darker water always indicates a bigger wind.

Just thought you'd like to know that.
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I took this one about 1/2 a mile before I arrived at the bay.

There is a reef to port, which is marked by a marker, and another reef to starboard which is marked by bottom paint from all the boats which have hit it!

You need to have what is known as "local knowledge" in these waters.

The correct entrance/exit to the bay is between the marker and the two small islands at the head of the bay.

But there is clear water if you approach from outside just so. And that way you don't need to travel the extra distance around the marker.

I always make sure first time visitors go through the proper channel coming in to the bay...just in case.
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Judy and I went outside to see if we could see the showers but there must be a bit too much light. The first one I ever saw was in the early 60s waiting on a street bus in Memphis, Tennessee. I thought the world was coming to an end, skeered the stew out of me.

I found, a couple of years ago, what I think is a meteorite. It has all the characteristics, as is shown online. It is close to the same weight as lead but is shiny, and burned and melted on one side, will not rust and can be picked up with a magnet.

I was wondering what you would do with the pallets but you answered that.

You have mentioned several times Red Cedar, is that the same as Red Wood that are Sequoias? We can get what we call Western Cedar that is grown on the West Coast, could that be Red Cedar? You are the first I have ever hear mention Yellow Cedar and I have never seen any until I read your thread, it is pretty especially in your creations.

I have read where many logs were recovered in the Great Lakes and sold for many many dollars. One was a Bird's Eye Maple that went for over $100,000.00, and that is one high dollar log to me.

That really was nice of the young fellow to help you out as much as he did, you just wouldn't see that here that much. Although I have had a youngster help me a time or two when I was in a bind. I know you were happy to get any help, I know I would have been.

That is really sad about your friend who is having problems with his leg, we wish the best for him and his family. I really hate to hear he has little ones and suffering like he is.

The pictures you take are like a post card, it is just beautiful up your way. I have always loved the water and being on the water except when I was in the Navy and out to sea for two or three months at a time. I never noticed the darker water and the wind being stronger, maybe because I was so high off the water on a carrier.

Thanks for the pictures Keith and sharing your adventure.
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