|Into the Cut. We were at almost Low Tide, and though this is|
dredged at Low Tide it almost dries out at some places.
Now we know.
(and side note, sorry - Paradise seems to have been bought. The sign was taken down a few days later....)
|Sleepy Seagulls annoyed by an intrusion|
|And this is 6" of water. JUST enough to float our boat.|
It was a wonderful float through the cut - made all the more better by the fact we had to cut the engine and pole our way across the shallows. The tide was still ebbing a bit and that carried us lazily down the cut while we took in the scenery, checked out what Paradise looks like (they have a small dock as well with a dredged channel to it).
|Feasting on Kristi, it was worse than the photo captures.|
Hint: Do not wear Leggings when transitioning mosquito areas, it just gives
the little buggers something to hold on tighter to.
But we continued. Having NOT written down the address made it a little a little tougher, but despite the feasting going on we were enjoying being off the boat and getting a little exercise. Well after awhile it became obvious we had passed DoeNuts. Was wondering if it was at one of the farms we passed? But there was no DoeNut sign on any of them.... Back we went, choosing to explore some of the side roads some more. By now the desire for morning coffee and doughnuts was starting to fade.
Down a side road we spotted something interesting, a bed-n-breakfast, looked very nice sitting on the water overlooking Clam Bay. But what is that, another Sign, a Sign that says something. Something remarkable, something wonderful. A sign even surpassing DoeNuts. A sign that said "Pizza"
Pizza! Really? Well, after being floated, marched, and feasted on we changed our goal. DoeNuts be damned, PIZZA was the new goal! CEDAR BEACH OCEAN LODGE (http://www.cedar-beach.com/) offers a range of accommodations as one would expect for a bed-n-breakfast, but they also offer PIZZA! You need to order ahead of time (2-3 hours) either by calling, or just showing up .Pizza is good, prices are good, and the conversations are great. We ordered a "Mary Special" for pickup at 6:00pm The husband was rather adamant that if we wanted it at 6, ask for it at 5:30. And yes, he was right... (We learned a lesson here: When I am off alone picking up something, take the handheld VHF so I can update Kristi) (Note from Kristi: I was wondering how long to wait before calling the Coast Guard...)
We also learned that DoeNuts was no more. It has been in three different locations, the last one at one of the farms we passed. But as can be expected, it was a lot of work and just was not making the cut. So, it was cut.
And with our new goal accomplished, or at least ordered, here might be the end of our Quest; except we did need to walk back the mile-as-the-crow-flies, past the mosquito farm. We did get coffee at the "Ice Cream Marina" (Telegraph Harbor Marina where Ice Cream is sold, as opposed to the Thetis Island Marina and Pub, aka the "Pub Marina") and made our run back to Viking Star.
And here might be the end of our Quest Story, except - Kristi decided she really wanted some Red Wine to go with our anticipated Pizza. So, I ventured out back through the Cut to the Pub Marina (who also has a liquor store) and purchased a few bottles. Then back (Ok, I also sampled what the Pub had to offer as well.... Then back.)
And here . . . (Enough of that). Our appointed pickup time arrived and I dinghied over to their kayak shed and launch area. The wind had picked up by then so I went alone. 6:00 turned into 6:30, actually almost 7 before the Pizza was ready. Wonderful time to chat! I wrapped the Pizza in a blanket and put it into a large plastic bag. Good thing as the winds were over 20+ kts according to our 'bragger gauge'. I felt like a cross between Moose Miller and that guy in one of those 'fisherman of the sea' paintings, head down, bashing through the waves on a dark and stormy night. But I did make it back, we SOOO enjoyed the pizza (hence, no photos) - and the problem then became what to do with the box!
If you want Pizza of your own, you can reach Cedar Beach Ocean Lodge at: 250-246-9770. They say they deliver, not sure if this would include to the boat. To reach them by dinghy, their kayak steps are in a little nook at:
(Per ActiveCaptain, I did not use my personal GPS for this).
Look for the Red house, with the small red kayak shed (it has a Cedar Beach sign on it and is stuffed with plastic kayaks) to the east, head for the shed and look for the rock steps into the water And side note: She mentioned they would be closed for a few weeks this August, best to call ahead of time and make sure they have reopened...
DoeNuts to Pizza, with stories and interesting people in between. Yup, this is what Cruising is about!