You have seen lots of pictures of our antics
this summer. Here is an email that shows you
a little bit of what a family vacation in the
Broughtons can look like.
We had the pleasure of spending a few days
with Mark, Leslie, MJ, and Nicole Bunzel during
the first few days of their vacation on a friend's
sailboat. (Mark is the Publisher of Fine Edge,
with whom I worked on the Douglass cruising-guide
book.) It was great fun to be around them and
watch the family fun.
The S/V Partimos entering Shoal Harbour in
the Broughton Islands.
Leslie is at the helm
while Mark readies the anchor.
Nicole and Leslie
at the helm.
Mark and MJ at the bow.
they settled in, the fun really began. Mark
had been extolling the virtues of the Green
Devil to his family. MJ especially couldn't
wait until he had a chance to get at the
wheel with Dave.
And get at the wheel
he did! The faster, the better. Look at that
joy. He even has Dave hanging on.
around his parents and sister seemed to give
him special delight. I wonder who put him up
But he wasn't
the only one who had fun in the Green Devil.
Leslie and Nicole and I went shrimping. Our
first haul was a great one. And Nicole did
all of the sorting so she could put the tiny
ones back into the sea. This one was a keeper.
guess who else took the helm of the Green Devil
and did a great job? Right. Ms. Nicole.
even docked the Green Devil against the swim
platform of the Royal Sounder. Happy student;
We had a great dinner
on the Royal Sounder while in Shoal Harbour.
Dave's crab cakes were delicious.
What a gang of crazies we were. A new
party game was invented on the spot. Kill the
mosquito, but WATCH THE WHITE!!!!!! Our
headliner (ceiling) in the salon is white;
mosquito on ceiling; Dave is tall and fearless;
eliminate mosquito. Get the idea? WATCH THE
We laughed the hardest we had laughed all summer.
The next afternoon we
went over to Billy Proctor's place. He is a
real legend in the Broughtons. That is his
boat, Ocean Dawn, to the left of Partimos.
He has a museum (in the green buildings) that
houses many relics of the coast. Bottles, tools,
documents, fishing gear, household items. Although
we have been there many times, we never tire
Here is Billy showing
Nicole one of the old bottles.
never rests; Mark at work with Billy Proctor.
and Leslie take the opportunity to check the
accuracy of a cruising guide against Billy's
vast knowledge of the area.
We sadly said our
goodbyes to Partimos as they cruised away to
the rest of their vacation adventures.
a real treat for us to spend the time with
them. Thank you Bunzels!
M/V Royal Sounder