Paul's taken a few days off, albeit with his Blackberry to keep things copacetic at the office. So once the sun was up and we had some breakfast, we headed off to our favourite nursery, Island Specialty in Chemainus. Here's the intermediate step of that trip (first step is biking the kilometre to our boat)
That's our boat in the foreground on the left -- you can see what a long walk we have along the dock, and maybe you can imagine what this might be like on a rainy day (or an icy or snowy one!). This dock is a communal one with a policy of first-come-first-served and no reserved spots -- and much of its length is over water shallow enough to leave boats high and dry in low tide. We moved to this dock after the private, very-poorly-maintained dock we'd been using for years finally collapsed this past winter. So far the move is working out okay, altho' I've taken to using the ferry rather than contend with having to negotiate a different docking spot each time and often having to raft up to other boats (and often, when you want to leave, untie from those who have rafted up to you!). As well, our other spot was in the lee of most of the fall and winter winds which made docking much easier. Still, while moorage space is under the pressure of our island's population growth, this communal system does seem to work and most of our fellow boaters are considerate -- helps that our boat is welded aluminum and can take a lot of bashing!