Needless to say, the halibut line fiasco placed a strong and determined crook in my plans. When accidents happen to us and if we are wise enough to appreciate that the consequences could have been far more severe, life seems to flow a lot smoother. Other than the frustrations involved with understanding how a bent front wheel and handlebars constituted a "written off" bike in the dealerships' view, I was grateful that my injuries healed and that I would live to ride again.
I soon recognized that dealing with insurance issues for the written off bike, and the reality that IGOR, my Honda, would not take me to Mexico comfortably, meant a quick reevaluation of plans. Aside from riding motorcycles, I do have other interests in life, and as the summer had proven, my hometown was certainly worth settling in for the winter season. The fine waters of the nearby ocean could afford some adventures, and I had one or two cameras that I still had a long way to go in terms of mastery.
"Not a bike to be seen for miles...😒"
Looking west, out over Esperanza Inlet..on an early fall day.
My boat, the "Yuquot Warrior" has undergone a number of adaptations from her original trials at Friendly Cove. She was beaten up pretty badly in one of Friendly Cove's famous winter storms. I traded a floating skiff and motor for her quite a few years ago. She has a new Suzuki main and a Yamaha high-thrust kicker pushing her along.
My fishing buddies, Dr. Jack and his brother Tex were struggling to put some fish in the boat as well, so we frequently checked with each other to determine what not to put into the water....
We were fishing not far from Steamer Point. Here is a view down the Zeballos inlet..with the skies giving a good indication of the fall weather to come.
We would leave Esperanza Inlet that day with a couple of Coho and a gratitude for flat water and clear skies...
In "The Cut" CEEPEECEE still hangs on to the side of the mountain. At one time, well over 1,000 people worked here in a cannery, rendering pilchards.
My friend Nigel let us use his cutting table for our catch for the day. Tex is pretty happy with his catch, while Brother Jack expected bigger and better. From his years as a dentist in Tahsis, Jack knew that big lunkers lived in the inlet waters.
For two brothers with knives, they got along quite peaceably.
The hills across the inlet from my house are beginning to take on the film whisps of autumn clouds.
A good thing about fishing is that there is lots of water, and we tend to believe, lots of fish. The good news is that we can still go out there and philosophize about the semantics of "fishing" and "catching."
This day, I had brought along a young Nimrod, ready to test his kharma against the wily Coho..
"Any Luck, guys?"
Further out, past Center Island, to test a new spot...
Young Nimrod was successful on all fronts: he kept the rod high and the line taught.
It took a couple of photo shots to help him understand the basics of fishing, however...
The crew boats are taking the workers out to Kendrick Arm camp.
The original marina in Tahsis, "Nootka Sound Marina," is neglected and slowing returning to the earth.
My gardening efforts this year consisted in spreading grass seed, and I can tell that the birds managed to get more than half, saving me from buying an expensive lawn mower..
Another day, and another fishing expedition with my generous neighbour Nigel. It is a interesting experience to be guided, rather than acting as the guide.
I believe someone in Tahsis has purchased this old troller from Zeballos.
Esperanza is my favourite fuel stop..
Another view down the inlet towards Zeballos..
A lazy otter was soaking up the fall Sun, and he was not at all interested in us.
Is this a keeper??
My friend Ed's place is looking good in the Autumn sun. The red-roofed outbuilding was around when the Perry brothers were out here, many years ago. Sea Breeze is a wonderful location, and I often think of Ed and his family when I pass by. My boys enjoyed his hot tub 30 years ago.
Home again, Home again, lickety split!!!
We weren't skunked, with a couple of these guys..
Don B. was at the dock, cleaning his catch..
The T shirt says : "What do people do that don't ride?" Needless to say, I thought SuperGuide is a great guy.
Fall is coming on pretty quickly, and it was time to head up to my favourite lake. There is always a chance of seeing the Elk feeding on the far side of the water, up against the trees.
Above IGORS' front wheel is the road to the original quarry where the limestone and granite for the Victoria Legislature buildings were mined.
Down the Head Bay Road, near the Conuma Bridge, the fish were struggling to make it up the river.
It is October, and the air is beginning to change.
- The Rainbows which break through the mist tell me that the Sun is getting far too south, and the angle of the rays have little heat in them.
Definitely not a Canadian maple, but Red still the same..
The sun is moving further south, giving us shorter days.
When the makes the rainbows now, it is reaching our from and extreme angle, almost directly south down the inlet.
For those of us who know Tahsis, it is that time of year already.
The snow is getting lower...what sort of winter will we have?
Some clear days in late November, with the snow inching down Rugged Mountain.
There are mornings when there is ice on the inlet.
Those early morning drives to Zeballos are pretty dark. Thankfully we do not have the wood in the water like the old days..
A little carburettor work on IGOR should not be a problem, right?
A company has started logging across the Inlet, in the Weymer road area. The fallers can be seen going to work in the dark, and the saws echo across the inlet.
The days are getting very short...
The December full moon breaks over the inlet.
Nootka Sound Marina, neglected and abandoned, weathers another Winter.
Ice on the inlet is common these days
Larry and his crew make quick work of putting up a fence around the old Cedar Mill site. The smell of fresh cut yellow cedar is refreshing and brings a bit of order to the empty plot.
You know it is getting close to Christmas when the PAC ladies start advertising at Tahsis Building Supply..
A good place to warm the butt and share some scuttlebutt
Hmn...whats going on in town?
Another full moon and clear skies..
A fantastic Feast at the school for the Community.
Guess which table got to the head of the line?
Former students, still singing their hearts out.
The Lion's tree had a full moon for company.
Time to move equipment..
Ice on the old Mill Site..
The pigeons miss their Church..
Time for young Nimrod to learn about prawning..
The inlet has seen better days for prawns
The Swans are back, and enjoying the Winter
Time for Christmas dinner at Tony and Judy's. Maybe I will be able to contribute a few prawns.
Chris and his faithful buddy have come up from the mainland.
Well, not much luck on the carburettor. Maybe a steering damper will be a cinch.
That does not look correct..
Snow is on the ground and the clouds are low. Winter is coming to the west coast.
Managed to catch a few before the fishery closed..
The good news about steep pitched metal roofs is that you don't have to shovel it.
Must be time for a swim, with that nice cold north wind..
Young Nimrod before....
Chris says not without my sombrero
Nimrod did it!
Yes...he did it
Skating on the lake...I don't think so this year.
Inuk is frozen in for the Winter
A visit to ZESS to see the boys practicing
Back to IGOR while the snow flies...
Shouldn't be any problem to move the battery on IGOR, or to set up a steering damper.
Now, where was I??
I could not publish a posting on the blog without some motorcycle pics..after all. IGOR will be patched together, hopefully. The Sun is coming back from the South, and sooner or later the snow will be gone from the Island, at least.