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Five Ships, 1000 Years of History

Five Ships, 1000 Years of History

“To provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations”

 
So reads the Mission Statement of The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. What a unique idea — or is it? Sharing maritime culture and skills while preserving the history of a local culture is such a great idea that others seem to have had a similar vision.

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Restaurant Spotlight: Renfrew Pub

Restaurant Spotlight: Renfrew Pub

The Spiel:

The Renfrew Pub is the homey gathering place for locals and visitors at the heart of Snuggery Cove. Friendly and inviting, it’s the sort of place even first-timers swear they’ve been before. The waterfront pub and restaurant occupies an enviable spot, right next to the dock. The great room — with cathedral ceiling, gleaming 10-tap draught system, pool table and flat screen TVs — offers up micro-brews, tasty fare, and nautical charm.

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Passion to Work, Passion at Play.

Do you work to play?  Or is work wonderfully playful??

The lines are blurred for me.  When asked by accountants and other folks ‘is that trip for pleasure or business?’ I’m the deer with eyes in the headlight not knowing what to say.  Resolutely they plunge on; they say it can’t be both.  I say “what the heck?!  Is your work so uninspiring?” There are folks with black and white jobs and there are folks who are simply black and white in their thinking.

So, where does this go?  Our recent trip to the Broughton’s this past July.  We travel there because we love it…..OMG did I allude to the ‘pleasure’ word? There’s that grey area again. LOL.

Yes, the air and water is a little cooler in temperature; it’s like the Gulf and the San Juan Islands on steroids.  Nooks, crannies and oh……the wildlife.  Today, the almost complete absence of development or settlement results in an unbeatable “wilderness” feeling. This quality, which led Captain Vancouver to name the area “Desolation Sound”, is the quality that many people today wish to experience.

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The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats

At the encouragement of friends, Jan and I visited the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) at South Lake Union (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.  This was a quiet Sunday morning; chilled by the previous evening’s dusting of snow and yet, it is a hub of hands-on learning year-round. Boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and opportunities for direct experience on the water and at the docks are just a few of the things you’ll find when you visit.

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Rail Trails, Tall Trees and Cougars

Rail Trails, Tall Trees and Cougars

Once upon a time, in a land far away in wilds of British Columbia dwelt the fortunate. Forests thrived; trees reached to the sky and animals were abundant.  It was a land rich, rich in natural resources; one of which was logging; not new news.

The sound of axe and handsaw, of trees falling, of whistles blowing were heard throughout the province, up and down the coast and on Vancouver Island.  Throughout Desolation Sound, Sechelt Inlet and the Broughton Archipelago Jan and I have seen the imprint of times gone by.

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