Oh, what a month it was May 2018!
It all started with a party to remember. On May 5th Eliot and Agnieszka celebrated their marriage here at Blind Channel. The small reception had had the restaurant alight with music, dancing and great food. Blind Channel is proud to officially welcome Agnieszka to the Richter family.
But a wedding, even a small wedding takes planning and preparation and the restaurant renovations became a priority. So it was that by the evening of May 4th the restaurant was ready to go with a whole new facelift for the 2018 season. The floor has been redone with an attractive cement finish, the cedar posts have been stripped of paint and brought back to natural wood, the walls were all painted and the lamps replaced and modernised.
A wedding also takes people to help things run smoothly and here at Blind Channel, we were very pleased to welcome back chef Drew Noble and dock attendant (among other things), Natalie Evans both of whom were indispensable for the wedding.
After the celebration things did not slow down around here, the restaurant opened for the season on May 17th, the earliest opening date yet. The date coincided with the arrival of the Waggoner Cruising Guide flotilla, an annual event that fills the dock and makes it feel as though the season is well and truly underway. Two days after the restaurant opened we ran the first 'Cruise to Dinner' trip in partnership with Island Bliss Farm on Quadra Island. The new 'Cruise to Dinner' events includes the boat trip from Campbell River or Quathiaski Cove with wine from South End Farm Winery, guided hiking through the old growth forest of West Thurlow Island, dinner at the Cedar Post Inn and the sunset cruise home with chocolates by LB Sweets, handmade on Quadra Island.
In the Blind Channel store, the shelves began to fill with gifts, goodies and produce for the season. We are very excited to announce new artisans in the gift section this year including sweet-smelling soaps from Shamrock Farms and gorgeous jewellery handmade by the talented ladies of RK Designs.
May was a very exciting month here and the weather so kindly agreed to cooperate with bright skies and calm seas. Our boats kept themselves busy with commercial business while we prepared for another tour season. Rescue missions are not uncommon for our busy vessels and our skipper Hans managed to save one very lucky eagle from the fast-moving currents.
A huge thanks you to everyone who joined us this May, we look forward to seeing the rest of you soon, for those of you who did not make it up to enjoy May in the Discovery Islands here is a look back: