By Grant Lawrence
Publish yr note: First released September 1st, 2010
From Captain George Vancouver to Muriel Curve of Time Blanchet to Jim Spilsbury’s Coast Spilsbury, viewers to Desolation Sound have left at the back of a path of books endowing the realm with a romantic charisma that is helping to make it British Columbia’s most well liked marine park. during this hilarious and attractive ebook, CBC character furnish Lawrence provides a complete new bankruptcy to the saga of this storied piece of BC coastline.
Young Grant’s father obtained a section of land subsequent to the park within the Nineteen Seventies, simply in time to come across the gun-toting cougar girl, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers and an collection of different characters. In these years Desolation Sound was once a spot the place going to the neighbours’ potluck intended being met with hugs from portly bare hippies and the place Russell the Hermit’s institution of existence (boating, fishing, and rock ’n’ roll) was once Grant’s own Enlightenment - a power that will take him clear of the coast to a lifetime of tune and journalism and at last again again.
With rock band friends and some circumstances of beer in tow, an older, cooler supply returns to regale us with stories of "going bush", the tempting problem of discovering an unguarded grow-op, and his awkward fight to persuade a number of traveling kayakers that he’s a reliable CBC radio host whereas wearing a wild beard and physique wounds and gesticulating with a machete. With lots of laugh-out-loud humour and encouraged reverence, Adventures in Solitude delights us with the original background of a spot and the expansion of a tender guy amidst the magic of Desolation Sound.
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Dull and uninteresting . . dreary rocks and precipices compose these desolate shores . . ” One hundred and eighty-five years earlier, a morose note in Captain Vancouver’s log perfectly echoed our two-thirds majority: “As gloomy and dismal as nature could well be supposed to exhibit . . dull and uninteresting . . dreary rocks and precipices compose these desolate shores . . ” For the next two days it continued to pour relentlessly. Undaunted in the slightest, Dad rowed the length 38 of the property, hopping out of the boat and over the rocks like a mountain goat, hammering in the white wooden property stakes of what would be the individual lots for cabins including one of our own.
Get out of their way or die. The Queen of Surrey, which powers between Horseshoe Bay and the Sunshine Coast, is just under four hundred feet long and one hundred feet wide. After the ferries come the yachts, floating mansions of the rich and famous, some with helicopter landing pads, uniformed crews and 53 secondary “skiffs” larger and faster than most of our primary Desolation Sound boats. Over the years various Hollywood celebrities have cruised the Sound in their floating white palaces. Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and John Wayne (whom Mom and I met at the government wharf, getting the Duke’s autograph, which I still have to this day) have all enjoyed vacationing in the Sound.
Our dorky family stood together at the top of the gangplank, looking down at the hive of activity on the dock. Boats of all shapes and sizes were lashed onto the floating “T”: dirty wooden tugs, aluminum oyster barges that looked like giant bathtubs, customized sailboats and half-sunken dinghies. The foot traffic was a mixture of loggers, oyster farmers, fishermen and end-of-theroad hippies that generally looked like a cross between the cast of The Beachcombers and the Manson Family, with a light sprinkle of summer tourists — everyone awkwardly united by an early summer’s worth of weathered relaxation.
Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound by Grant Lawrence