Apparently two brothers inherited Genoa Bay Marina from their father maybe 10 or 15 years ago, maybe longer, who knows? But most of the old timers have left in outrage and disgust for raising moorage rates so high and not appreciating the value and wisdom of the locals that have lived here the longest. It was so frustrating to my brother, that he can't even talk about it to this day.
He had lived here for years and many of his sculptures decorated the dock. Like a marriage gone horribly wrong and a bitter divorce that follows, Tom and Frances moved their float-house away from the Marina and out into the bay. Most of Tom's friends also feel anger and disappointment toward the new management, so Tom is not alone with his bad feelings.
It is still an adorably picturesque place though, and I walked around and shot photographs of the local scenery in spite of my brother's difficult past experiences. David and JoAnne, the wonderful couple who are allowing us to park our RV at their place, don't like the new owners either, and they are forced to look out at this idyllic scene every day.
In spite of all of this, the neighbors have been so kind and friendly, that I can't walk Callie around without half of them coming out to say hello and to pet her. You would never know of the negative feelings around here if you hadn't been told. Every battle has another side to the story, but because I am Tom's sister, I will go with the story told to me by him. He actually doesn't even want to talk about it, so the details are sketchy, but the reaction has been strong!
Michael, Callie and I will be here until Thursday and then we are taking the ferry back from Victoria to Port Angeles. We will spend one more night there and then head to Seattle, Washington to visit one of my favorite nieces, Sarice. We had wanted to continue traveling through Canada and over to Banff and Jasper, but the fires and smoke are turning us back.
David and JoAnne are throwing a going away party for us tomorrow night and they have been extraordinary hosts. David plays Bob Dylan for us in the gazebo during the day, while JoAnne, who is a nurse, is away at work. Tonight they brought me dinner because Michael and Tom are visiting another good friend, Chuck and his wife, Angel that live in Victoria. Callie and I are so tired, that a night alone in the RV sounds like heaven.
What a fabulous time I have had with Tom, Frances and all the wonderful people they know. The hospitality has been first rate and Michael has finally gotten to sail again with Tom. It has been 10 years or so since the last time they have sailed together.
Callie spent the day relaxing in the RV and recovering from her big adventure as a sea cat out at sea! She and I are going to go to bed early and rise at the break of dawn, to start another day with our travelswithcallie adventure!