We left the hospitality of the False Creek Yacht Club at 8:00 this morning, motoring out among a fleet of freighters anchored in English Bay. It was a beautiful, blue sky day and a pleasant ride up to Smuggler Cove Marine Park. We don’t usually anchor in Smuggler since it’s such a popular anchorage and generally full of boats. It’s different at this time of year, though, and all three of the coves were empty. We dropped our hook in the innermost bay and launched the kayaks to explore all Smuggler’s nooks and crannies. We paddled over to our usual anchorage in Secret Cove which was also empty except for a mooring buoy with two local boats rafted up. The only wildlife spotted today was a group of Common Mergansers, the males splendid in their fresh spring plumage.