Archive | Idyll Time RSS feed for this section

Running The Rapids

Campbell River to Octopus Marine Park Altech Marine has our windless repaired and finish re-installing it by 1 pm. A few minutes later we are away from the docks and on our way. We are leaving Desolation Sound and heading north towards the Broughtons. One could spend months in Desolation Sound with its multitude of […]

Campbell River

Change of plans……you never know what will happen next when you are on a boat. We left Gorge Harbor on our way to Surge Narrows and the Octopus Islands timing everything to arrive at the rapids at slack tide. A glance at our windlass, which worked perfectly earlier this morning, and we saw oil dripping […]

Sidney to Desolation Sound

Sidney to Thetis Island: We say goodby to all the folks at Philbrooks (now for the forth time) and are away from the docks at 2 pm Friday afternoon. Nick our electrician has just finished installing the new fuel solenoid into Puff the Magic Dragon now version 3.0 ( our diesel heater) which arrived at […]

Pender Island

Puff The Magic Dragon (our new diesel heater) continues to give us problems. While waiting on more parts to arrive from Seattle on Monday, we head off to Pender Island for the weekend. We are familiar with the route as just two weeks ago we had anchored here after departing Philbrooks for what we thought […]

Saturna Island

So,….the diesel heater saga continues. A new control box was overnighted from Seattle and arrived to Sidney noon Friday. Philbrooks quickly did the install and we said our goodbyes for the second time. Before we could even push away from the docks, the heater failed again. Now what? Nick, the electrician, spent another hour in […]

The Gulf Islands

Finally, It is time for us to push away from the docks and start cruising the beautiful Pacific North West waters. Before leaving, we have some last minute adjustments to the diesel heaters. We owe lots of thanks to Ian and Nick from Philbrooks for making a Sunday AM call to the boat for troubleshooting. […]

Strathacona Provencial Park

Before heading out on the water, we take a three day road trip in the RV to visit Strathcona Provincial Park. Designated in 1911, Strathcona was the first provincial park in British Columbia. The highest point on Vancouver Island is known as the Golden Hinde (2200 m) and is located at the center of the […]

Pacific Rim National Park

The diesel heater install aboard Idyll Time is progressing smoothly, so we decide to head out in the RV to explore areas of Vancouver Island that we won’t be visiting by boat. We have had numerous friends suggest Tofino and Uculet located on the west coast side of Vancouver Island as “must see” places. The […]

Victoria to Sidney

Today is an exciting day aboard Idyll Time. This is our first day of cruising in the Pacific Northwest. It will be a short cruise of only 32 miles to the town of Sidney. Having never traveled these waters, we are a little unsure of what to expect. Daylight comes early up here and we […]

Idyll Time Arrives To PNW

After months of planning and waiting, our boat has finally arrived to the Pacific North West. It’s hard to believe she is finally here. The Nassau Clipper has been anchored off Vancouver Island for the past three days waiting on a berth in Victoria to come available. We anxiously rode our bikes out to Ogden […]