Coffman Cove’s population increases three-fold in the summer as tourists come to town. Further into town are various cabins and lodging, as well as guided ocean charters. Plenty of fun and adventure can be had in this oasis whether it is on land enjoying some hiking, swapping tales with the fisherman or hunters at the bar, beachcombing, hunting…or out on the water kayaking, fishing, or canoeing.
Back at the dock, Captain Brian and Jon begin to shuck and prepare oysters for the grill. TheDeception crew has invited everyone over for some appetizers and soon the salon is filled with relaxed bodies and smiling faces as everyone remarks at the friendliness of the town. Sounds of laughter and lively discussions permeate across the docks and a local and his grandchildren come with their dogs to say hello to this menagerie of yachts. Again, the people here are so friendly and eager to hear where you are from and what brings you to their neck of the woods. The two oldest kids are super polite and interested in who we are. Greg, Don from Ajax, and I, ask the kids questions about their school, which comprises a total of 13 students. Their teacher lives just down the dock from us on a sailboat, who they subsequently visit after saying their goodbyes to us. It is remarkable to see the childhood they get to have in a world with no cell phones, no internet, no MTV, and no social media overburdening them with who they need to be. It is a healthy way to live here – riding your bike, visiting neighbors, and having a small, tight-knit community that supports one another. Even the dogs seem happier here – an older dog visited our dock earlier and got cozy next to the dock for a bit before playing stick with naturalist Greg, who the pup followed up into town and then continued on his way back home. As we talk to these great kiddos and their grandfather, their 3 dogs (Winter, Darby, and Daisy) nose our legs for pets and scratches.
The evening winds down on Deception with the crew watching a few episodes of Rome to watch and bowls of ice cream enjoyed all around. Yet another magical and unique day on the flotilla. This really is the way to live…
A very content and happy Christina, signing off here in Coffman Cove.