Nothing to write a blog about….

A woman stopped me in a store in Campbell River and asked me a question about the labeling.  “We’re new here.”

“New to the store or new to Campbell River?”

“We just moved here from Newfoundland two months ago.  Tell me…..is the weather always this bad?”

“Nah.  Sometimes it really rains.”  

Her jaw dropped.

“Hey!  I am only kidding.  Seriously.  It doesn’t always rain.  Sometimes it snows. But, you know, climate change and all that…now it is just rain and more rain. Allatime.  24/7.  But it isn’t cold anymore so we are happy.  And no mosquitoes. Earthquakes have been pretty light lately and so that is good. ‘Course, lots of people dying from Fentanyl so the death toll still remains high.  The good part of that is that it has lessened the demand for real estate, ya know…?

“Oh my God!”

“I know!  Now is the time to buy.  Your timing is perfect.”

I left her, jaw agape, at the mushrooms.  She was there a long time.  I guess my label explanation was not clear.

We had arrived that morning on the early-for-us ferry at 9:00.  It was a bit rough.  So rough, in fact, the captain delayed departure by a few minutes explaining that we would still make the scheduled arrival but the less time spent out in the strait, the better.  (Think about that for a minute).  We arrived to the terminal in a roller coaster – literally.  I have seen a lot of big waves in my time but never have I seen 8-footers only thirty feet apart.  It was extreme chop.

We went about our business – which was minimal due to quite frequent visits over the last few weeks – and headed back early.  When we got to the terminal, we heard that they had stopped the ferry earlier in the day because it just got too rough.  But it was running when we were there and we got on and headed back.  When we got home a few hours later, Sal checked messages. We just received the notification that the ferry had stopped again on the very next sailing after we got back.  We managed to ‘slip’ between two ferry cancellations.

Some ‘Merican fishboat got caught out in that and was in serious peril so the coast guard went to rescue them.  But they could not move him against the tide, the wind, the current rips and the rain so they held up in a back eddy for a few hours till the worst of it abated.  The water was so bad in Johnstone Strait that day the Coast Guard couldn’t move!

You won’t read about any of that in the news (unless the woman squeals).  It is just an ordinary day, really.  Coast guard does a rescue, the ferry captain uses common sense and skill to maximize service while likely saving lives and adjusting the schedule as required.  Sal and I just went to the hospital for a test and did a little shopping.  Then we drove through the wilderness on a partially washed out logging road and made the last leg of our journey home in a small 17 foot boat during a torrential rain storm.

So……..how was your day?

9 thoughts on “Nothing to write a blog about….

  1. Off the beaten track things can get a little hairy quickly. Around these parts it starts with a hike on a clear morning and ends up at the bottom of a gully, socked in a fog bank without bearings. The sorta day when unprepared hikers die. People regularly disappear without a trace. Such events get little attention in the tourist broushires but a hike or little whale watching can turn ugly fast.

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    • Absolutely! Sometimes it is just ignorance or even bad luck but most of the time it takes two or three ‘mistakes’ in sequence to add up to a disaster. “I didn’t check my gas and well, I left the spare at home and, well, anyway, this guy seemed to be having trouble so I went to help him and then my motor quit….” (that’s how it seems to happen)…“and then the fog rolled in and then he fell in…..”
      I have more than a few of those ‘cumulative’ mistakes that culminated into something worse. Fortunately, I heal well. Don’t learn so good but I mend up just fine.

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  2. Not as good as yours. On our States trip and trying to get used to people, traffic, stores (went to a Costco grand opening – BIG mistake), airports … Life down here is way different and it always reminds me why we moved north. Which would you prefer, 8-footers or bumper to bumper on an LA freeway? But I have to be honest, 8-footers would also keep me home. I’ve only made it through Johnstone Strait once in relative calm water. Every other time I’ve asked Wayne to turn back or go another way. – Margy

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    • I have to admit to respecting and admiring the BC ferry captains on the Q-cove-Campbell River run. They are the best in the fleet. The crew, too. They are considerate, efficient, safe and use common sense rather than stupid, office-driven policy to make decisions. They are virtually 100% liked by islanders and you can imagine what kind of bias we generally hold for government and even BC Ferries. OUR guys are good.

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      • A lady from Newfoundland was complaining about the weather????????
        Geez Louise. St John’s residents consider cold foggy days a prerequisite to foreplay…..

        Which Ferry was it?

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      • Sorry, I meant which boat.
        And ( as they would say in Newfoundland)
        “It’s been blowing a gale since last night buddy”.

        Very windy all night and, oddly enough seemed to be from the nor’ east

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    • You are right! NOT as GOOD as ours. I prefer the washboard, and rutted logging roads, the roller-ferry and the torrential rain to an LA Costco opening!!!! Gawd! I think I prefer dental surgery to a Costco opening!

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  3. Regarding the SAR off Cape Mudge the other day, apparently it was an 82 year old Oregonian taking his vessel to Alaska who totally misjudged the conditions, tide and his own skills. The lightkeeper noticed the vessel was rolling heavily and reported him to JRCC via marine radio. The CCG Campbell River Lifeboat was tasked and they did get a line on him but it parted in the steep seas. CG Radio recommended he wait out the conditions in the back eddy on the Cape Mudge side. After a couple of hours he was able to make it to Cape Mudge Boatworks on Quadra. Pretty typical actually. Cheers!

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