As much as we can eat! Too bad we didn’t catch any of it. But also lucky, since it meant we got to meet some really nice new people!
Yesterday a boat pulled into our cove and anchored not too far from us. After I went out in the dinghy to drop a crab trap I stopped by to say, “hello” and before too long Ann and I were invited to dinner. Turned out they had caught some crab and needed some help eating it. Good news since when I went back in the afternoon to check our trap, we only had a little undersized crab. Our contribution to the meal though was special. Ann’s ginger cookies!
Today we were heading to another cove when some new friends we met at Kwatsi, on M/V “Inside Passage”, came past (while we were unsuccessfully fishing for salmon) and called on the radio. They said they were going to Sullivan Bay and invited us to crab dinner with crab they had caught this morning. Since you can never, ever, have too much fresh crab we changed plans and headed to Sullivan. Now in two days we have made two really good new cruiser friends and feasted on lots of yummy fresh crab! Fun!
While we were on our way here, still trolling for salmon, a 20–something foot motorboat carrying a large pirate flag pulled over toward us. Ann said, “Bob, I think they want to talk with us”. I stood up and one of them shouted over, “Catch anything?” “No”, says I. He said he hadn’t either and we commiserated on the general lack of salmon action, and then they took off.
Fast forward to our crab dinner tonight. We were in the flybridge of M/V “Inside Passage” when the folks from the motorboat that asked if we had caught fish came by and knocked on Charisma. We saw them from our perch on the “second floor”, I waved and the other folks shouted up, “You want some Ling Cod?” Well, does a dog want a bone?! “Yes!!” came our reply and we were gifted about 6 pounds of fresh ling cod. Turns out they caught it later in the day after passing us. We split the bounty with Inside Passage and tomorrow…ling cod fried in spiced Panko crumbs. Yum.
Life in the Broughtons. We like it here. Tomorrow, we’re off into Drury Inlet to Jennis Bay. We hear the salmon run may have started. Several salmon have been caught and Orca have been sighted. Cross fingers.