is a 43 foot schooner built in 1992 and immaculately maintained by Mike and Samantha Moore of Cortes Island, both experienced guides with Mike being the skipper.
Misty Isles Adventures offers a number of scheduled sailings annually, for up to 12 participants, organized through the Cortes Island Museum.
Recently, on Father’s Day (June 15th), we boarded the Misty Isles
in Cortes Bay at 3 pm for a Laughing Oyster Restaurant
trip, and sailed eastward to the tip of Malaspina Peninsula and turned south into Malaspina Inlet to Okeover Arm.
Well, whatever you might think about the sheer beauty of Desolation Sound, observing nature in its prime, passing marine parks and remote oyster farms - the real attraction seemed to be the dinner reserved for us in the Laughing Oyster restaurant.
The oysters might be laughing - though AT US - as we all seemed to prefer the oyster-less buffet over any of the exciting oyster and other seafood menu dishes the restaurant is so famous for. Our hungry stomachs "ruled the waves" in this case, but we weren’t disappointed, as quantity and quality were both there: halibut, salmon, chicken, sliced roasted pork, salads, etc. – all that good and tasty stuff. Chef David Bowes is also a good friend of Mike's – so Mike always gets the best seating and the best service available. Believe it or not – our stomachs still had room left to order ourselves lovely decadent desserts!
After a picturesque evening cruise we sailed back into Cortes Bay just before 10 pm, satisfied with the experience. However, the oysters remained misty
... Maybe next time?
PS: Misty Isles
has red-coloured sails which triggered our long-time memory of a nice song:
Red sails in the sunset/ way out on the sea/ oh carry my loved one/ home safely to me. [For the basic melody see the attached mp3 file produced by Jurek in the Finale Print Music program]
For more information about trips aboard Misty Isles, see www.mistyislesadventures.com
or the museum website www.cortesmuseum.com
. text and pictures - by Gina and Jurek