Tag Archives: Nanaimo

Back in the shadow of land life

We return to Nanaimo and every other return from every other summer washes over us. The headlong rush from watery wilderness, wind, a certain coolness, the sound of birds crying or calling dumps us into heat, diesel fumes, voices chattering and laughing, sirens, flashing lights, clearly demarcated borders and limits, bridges arches ferries dock, ribbons of highways, the stench of tar, screeching tires, beeping demanding telephones and messages. It’s like crossing a border from a world in which your thoughts and actions count, into one in which you are pure reactiveness. The shift is both painful and exciting. Continue reading

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How much stuff can you stuff on a boat?

  Dog days of May How much stuff can you stuff on a boat? That’s always the question when you’re preparing for a big voyage.  There are all sorts of places to hide things on a boat—we find the extra … Continue reading

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Threading the Narrows

27 May 2012 The west coast offers some novel challenges to sailors like us who have arrived from elsewhere.  In particular, the mix of tides, currents and wind in the numerous narrow straits and passages of the waters between Vancouver … Continue reading

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