S/V Hello World's Travel Log

kennedy cove

We got a tip from a boat in Tofino that there was tons of crab and prawn to be had in Kennedy Cove, so Andante and Hello World headed north in search of deliciousness while Palarran took off south for Barkley Sound hoping we'd catch lots and they'd skip out on all of the work.

Kennedy Cove was a hit from the start - first of all, it had a slide - woohoo!

But upon closer inspection, we realized it was missing a few key parts

We still took advantage of the 70F water though - I decided to see just how far I could lean on one side of the paddleboard before tipping it over.

Surprisingly far!

And we did, in fact, have a great catch of crab!! The prawns, however, were a different story: first we had to find our pot...in the fog...that Andante had nicely moved to a "better" spot, the location of which I wasn't sure of...

Can you see my prawn buoy? Yeah, me neither.

We finally located it, pulled it up the 300 feet of line, and then about 10 feet from the trap, it just stopped. Turns out it was hooked on another prawn buoy that someone probably abandoned because they couldn't pull it up. I managed to get the whole thing up and on deck and...ta da! 12 prawn!

When we got to Ucluelet, we gave away the prawn trap.


Here's what we learned about Tofino:

1) It's hell to get to in a boat - there are crab pots EVERYWHERE, the current is crazy, the sandbars shift and the harbor docks never have any space on them.

2) That said, it was a pretty cool town

3) Then low tide comes and you FREAK THE F OUT when you see the (unmarked) sandbar right in front of you (fortunately, we were docked at the time)

4) Oh, and if that wasn't enough? When we left, the fog was pea soup and whaling tours and sport fishers love to fly around at 20 knots - and sometimes they have radar.

Next time, maybe we'll drive.

hot springs cove - round 2!

Four years ago, this was one of our most favorite stops, so of course we had to come back.

We waited for the boats and planes full of tourists to leave before we headed to the hot springs (you know, because we're such locals)

Day 2 was spent carving

Our board was still looking good, so we just spruced her up and added a "2013"

We did some paddleboard exploring through a narrow cut and out to the Pacific (don't worry Mom, we didn't go into the ocean on the boards)

And saw a mama gray whale and her baby really close (fortunately we were in dinghies, not paddleboards when this happened.

She sort of looked like an underwater elephant (but the ranger insisted that it was a gray whale, so I guess that's what it was)

And Kevin "saved" a dog that was swimming around the anchorage looking really tired and whimpering. Turns out he's a local dog named Diogie (pronounced D-O-G, spelling may be incorrect) that swims across the bay to beg food off silly cruisers and campers that think he's adorable. He also occasions the hot springs and apparently swims with the gray whales (we didn't see this, but someone showed us pictures). According to the ranger (yeah, the one that thought they were gray whales instead of underwater elephants, that's the one) - Diogie bit one of the whales a few weeks back. I'm not sure how one knows that, but it apparently hasn't stopped the dog from swimming with his pals. Here's Diogie (cutest dog ever - I was seriously going to take him home when Kevin "rescued" him) approving our work on the boardwalk:

And finally (drumroll please), for those of you who remember the awful graffiti that occasioned our board 2 years ago, we finally were able to spread some graffiti love (and yes, Jason has been planning this for 2 years)

moving southward

After rounding Brooks Peninsula (with Cape Cook at the tip), we headed to Columbia Cove so we could go to our favorite beach on Vancouver Island

We found Japanese trash (that's been pretty common on this trip)

And some very useful trash that we will be keeping on the boats.

We even went for a swim in the VERY COLD water

From there we went to the Bunsby Islands, which we officially renamed to the Bugsby Islands (I'll let you take 3 guesses why), where we helped Palarran conquer a few more islands

We saw this on a beach

And thought "that couldn't be a refrigerator". We were wrong. Upon further inspection, we found the makings for a quick whiffleball game on Refrigerator Beach

So long Bugsby Islands - next time we're bringing more powerful electric tennis rackets.

sea otter cove

We'd been to Sea Otter Cove before (ironically, we saw no otters in 2009 or this year), but hadn't gotten off the boat. This year, we went exploring - a 20 min hike led to an awesome beach. I was apparently overly excited at said beach.

But really, it was pretty cool.

It even had a little cabin for people hiking the west coast trail.

So cute!

With hilarious graffiti

I love me some good graffiti.

And CB found some good cahones.

The hike back was more exciting than the hike there, since I nearly got swallowed by quicksand mud...

(and my husband told everyone not to help me until he got a good shot of it)

And the dinghy was a bit high and dry by the time we made it back...

...next time maybe we'll skip the stern anchor.

rounding the capes

There are 2 capes on the west coast of Vancouver Island that worry boaters: Cape Scott and Cape Cook (aka Cape of Storms, named by Captain Cook himself) - think Cape Horn or Cape of Good Hope - nasty places that sailors shiver at when the names are mentioned, but they're always in the way of getting to someplace fun. OK, the west coast of Van Isle can't really be compared to the tips of South America or Africa, but you get my point - they are scary.

Well, we got around both, without much incident (sorry, were you expecting a good story after that buildup?). Woohoo!

We did run into some nasty wave action, but very little wind...it made for a great picture of Palarran sinking (fortunately they're a very light boat and they just bounced right back to the surface)

So this all called for some celebratory drinking-out-of-the-growler (thanks Rach for the awesome jug!!)

Tawn got fancy with it

And we all breathed a big sigh of relief.

Foraging from the wild

We have had much success (and much failure) foraging from land and sea this summer. I thought I'd share a little bit of each.

Plants and Seaweed

Clockwise starting at the top right these are: seabeans (aka sea asparagus), fucus stems (aka bladderwrack), sea lettuce and focus pods.

CB and I had a ball foraging for these (while Tawn and Jason sat on the boat rolling their eyes). Using a book called Pacific Feast (thank you Bella Star), we cooked all of these up!

The seabeans got added to a quinoa salad (after blanching to get rid of some of the saltiness) - delicious!

The fucus stems got made into tea - not bad

The sea lettuce got dried and eaten - tasty!

And the fucus fronds got baked and cheese dusted, magically turning them into cheesy puffs! Surprisingly, not so tasty, though they kinda grew on us after trying them a few times (well, some of us).

So the lesson here is, if we were stranded on a NW island, we could definitely survive (assuming we had an oven and possibly some powdered cheese) - but we'd probably get pretty skinny.


We've had more luck with the shellfish, though it's been spotty (like the prawn - ha!). We've caught just enough crab to keep us dropping the traps. Same with prawns - although pulling up 300 feet of line by hand in the dinghy is beginning to wear on me when we get a catch like this

Especially when a dude in the SAME PRAWNING SPOT picks up 300/day (fortunately, he was very sweet and shared - I think his wife was getting sick of prawn).

We've also been collecting lots of oysters, mussels and clams as there hasn't been any red tide where we are.

Fried oysters...

Oysters on the half shell...

Clams were delicious, though we didn't end up cooking the geoducks - they just looked too disgusting

We figured those clams were negative calories as they were so small and it took digging about 13 holes before we'd get one.


We've been lucky enough to have someone that knows what the heck he's doing when it comes to fish - Kevin caught a ton of rock fish, ling cod, red snapper and halibut. Not to mention salmon - oh, he got so much salmon. I caught a whopping 2 - these were my contribution:

We've had fish every way you can possibly think of it. On the bbq, in the oven, with feta, on a stick, smoked - you name it (though not as sushi since apparently you have to freeze salmon to -37F to kill the tapeworms. I'll take my salmon sushi in a restaurant thankyouverymuch).

Some of the smoked salmon we made - not only does Kevin know how to catch fish, he comes with a powerboat, and a smoker. Yum.

Can we live off the land and the sea? Well, sort of, but Jason's VERY glad to be back in port so he can have a hamburger.

Walker Group

We got south of Cape Caution and make the long run to Port Hardy to meet up with s/v Palarran and m/v Andante for their circumnavigation of Vancouver Island - back with friends again!

We headed out at o-dark-thirty, just as the sun was coming up, so we could beat the waves that the wind kicks up in the afternoon. We were slowed by a log boom coming out of the harbor that morning...

...but they have such cute tug boats! (check out that little mini one in front of the big one)

We celebrated CB's bday. I couldn't find candles, so we used drink umbrellas; though Jason wouldn't let me light them on fire.

We attempted crabbing (unsuccessfully), but thankfully didn't pull up whatever monster ate a hole in my metal bait box - this is still a mystery.

Fortunately Kevin and Susan had more luck fishing than CB and I did crabbing.

We hillbilly boccied...

...and CB destroyed one of the bocce balls (this is Jason's angry face)

We campfired on the beach...

...and had the most delicious salmon EVAR. This was Kevin's idea, taken from a native salmon bake on Blake Island. Butterflied salmon on a stick with butter and brown sugar. OMG YUM.

Walker Group? Conquered.