Allan and Fil are best buddies and fishing friends of note. Fil crabs and Allan is a pretty good second mate. Until today I was the only person in the clan who had not been out on the boat.
It is possible I whined a bit about this. Once or twice.
So today I was offered my chance.
In very overcast, showery conditions ( but no wind!! ) we headed out to the crab traps. The first part of the journey is through our harbour in Steveston and although I lived here almost 18 years I have never been out on a boat on this part of the river - it was so fascinating to see the view from the water!
Then we - and by we, I mean Fil - navigated the channels and hit the open water.
I loved being out on the ocean, wind in my face, lungs full, salt spraying... everything was varying shades of grey - grey, heavy skies, grey water rippling...It was poetic and peaceful.
A needle in a haystack has nothing on a crab trap in the middle of the ocean! Wow - we stop and boom we haul up the two traps - pure magic - and lo we found 2 allowable crabs and a couple of little ones we threw back - and by we I mean Allan and Fil.
The crab traps were cleaned and re-baited and thrown back to their secret spot on the ocean floor. I doubt they'll ever be found again frankly.
And we turned for home - seal, sea lions, herons, ducks, seagulls, geese.
It was so much fun!
And then they made me touch the crab. Yikes!
Tomorrows dinner is now resting in the fridge :)
A quick shower to thaw out and then I hit the road with my boy David.
First up, brunch, on the way to Simon Fraser University.
We feel sort of surprised to be wrestling with this - we and he really hoped he'd stay home but that may not be the best choice now. My heart is feeling a bit battered.
But before we decide we are looking at all the options.
SFU is at the top of a mountain so we wandered around in the mist at this architecturally unique campus. It was quite peaceful today and it felt good. We walked and talked for a while and he graciously posed for photos.
On our way home we did some shopping for Mr D - getting geared up for his summer - which he will spend in Kelowna anyway at his beloved Green Bay Camp as he did last year.
He made me a cup of tea when we got home as I attempted a pizza base made with cauliflower instead of flour! We invited his best bud Erin over and we had a lovely dinner as Fil and Allan returned from fishing all afternoon in the sunshine that finally appeared.
And now the kids are off - the fishermen are having Pho together and I have the boy dog sleeping at my feet.
It was a wonderful day. I'm grateful for these guys and their love and patience with me.
Now I am going to figure out how to turn on the TV all on my own (maybe) and watch Border Security and not think about the possibilities for September in our house.