Tuesday, June 12, 2007

That other thing we do

I haven't written much about the things we see out on the water during our charters. Greig sees some neat things just because he is out there more.

Most of the time when we are tooling about English Bay, we're cruising around the various bulk carriers and container ships that are parked out there. If one was to look at a map of English Bay there are marked spots in it for all the big ships. It is really one big parking lot.

Occasionally you'll see something remarkable like Le Grande Bleu or other uniquely large shipping vessels. A couple of years ago Paul Allen's Tatoosh was in town. (ARRK...Pretty Boats!)

We often see the cruise ships heading out under the Lions Gate Bridge just before we cross the shipping lane to get to the West Vancouver shoreline for the dinner cruises. Often as not our destination is lookie-looing at the waterfront homes over there and pointing out who owns
what and most of what is rumoured to be owned by this person or that one I think is pretty much local urban myth. I mean Oprah supposedly has a home over there but I have never seen here anytime I have been by and why the hell would Oprah buy a home here in Vancouver for goodness sake? Hmm..Hawaii, yes. Italy, yes. Vancouver? Blargh. Sounds like a big pile of something to me. But I digress...

So, for my friend Will of Tugster, I am endeavouring to journal the things I see when we are galavanting about. Here is the Esperanza, heading out to who knows where on some mission for Greenpeace. She went by us on Sunday afternoon at a good clip and by the looks here destination was up the BC Coast somewhere.

There it goes...Point Atkinson is in the foreground with the light house and the point in the background is Bowen Island's Cape Roger Curtis.

Here is the big APL Coral coming in to the Harbour at quite a speed by the size of the curls coming off the bow here. I am told the ships start to slow down as they go by Victoria and it takes them all that distance to slow down.


Andrew Tognola said...

There must be a streak of madness with people like us who buy big old boats ,with the idea of turning them into objects of beauty.The first problem is that we see them as beautiful as soon as we clap eyes on them ,and then the reality kicks in every so often but luckily the madness takes control again .

bowiechick said...

Yes. Mad could be a word for it.

So is batty, bizarre, bonkers, cracked, crackers, crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daft, demented, derailed, deranged, fatuous, frenzied, gone, half-cocked, idiotic, impractical, irrational, irresponsible, loony, lunatic, maniacal, mental, moonstruck, nuts, nutty, paranoid, preposterous, psychopathic, psychotic, rabid, raging, raving, schizo, schizophrenic, screwy, senseless, stupid, touched, unglued, unhinged, unsettled, unzipped, whacko, wild

Yep. That about covers it I think.