Today we are taking advantage of the good weather to head directly to Ucluelet. The course we chose was out through Hayden Pass rather than give Sulfur Pass a try because Karen overruled Bob for the simpler route. Our departure at 7:09 AM was greeted by bright, sunny clear skies. Oh yes...did we mention we were all alone last night?
Karen took the first leg and I relieved her abeam Lennard Island. She spent her “off-duty” time updating our logbook. We stayed quite close the shore because it was a calm day, we had hardly a ripple on the surface. Saw some other boats and a handful of fishing boats. We spotted Tofino from afar and were able to find the Wickaninnish Inn and Long Beach through the binoculars. The ride turned a bit “rolly”, so Karen stopped reading, complaining that the motion was making her feel sick. However, the motion was not so bad that she refused my offer of meatloaf sandwiches for lunch !
As we approached Ucluelet, we felt the effects of the Southeast winds as they came up. Took pictures of Amphitrite point, lots of small fishing boats. The long channel to Ucluelet is narrow but very well marked. Almost at the end of the channel, we turned west and entered the small boat boat basin and found a spot on the docks. Some nice folks grabbed the lines which helped us out a lot, as the wind was pushing Alaskan Dream off the docks.
Our walk to the wharfinger’s office found him gone, so we continued up to the town to see what we could find. We found the liquor store (a good one), the convenience store (OK) and the Co-Op that was awesome. But most importantly, we found Norwood’s, the restaurant Karen had researched as the best in town and where we have reservations tonight at “The Chef’s Table”.
Back at the boat, we relaxed on the flybridge to watch lots of boats come in and find an opening on the docks. On the way to dinner, we carried our garbage up to the dumpster and also located the wharfinger on his bike. So we took a moment to check in and pay our moorage.
Our “table” at Norwood’s was a couple of high comfortable chairs in front of the open kitchen at a little bar overlooking all the food prep. It was amazing eye candy for both of us and everyone was so nice. We enjoyed “Voluptuous” wine from British Columbia. I enjoyed Korean pork tacos as a starter followed by great salmon and Karen devoured scallops and the most amazing octopus with truffle mashed potatoes and Asian chili sauce followed by some local halibut for her entree. Dessert for me was a chocolate mousse with molten caramel inside and Karen had Goat cheese cheesecake. Mega-super yummy! This restaurant can stand up to anything in any big city, East or West coast.
Karen slept through yet another episode of LOST!