A call from friends in the morning and we were meeting them at the El Verano boat launch at two. With a small propane barbeque and food for the grill, a bottle of wine and some blankets we were ready for an afternoon picnic. A short boat ride and we arrived at Oak Island. Oh oh, it’s a long weekend with beautiful weather and people are on our island with the same idea! No problem, 15 minutes more and we are stepping off the little aluminum outboard and onto Valdez Island. This part of the island belongs to the Lyackson First Nation and they graciously share with boaters who are respectful of the land. We had a lovely picnic and while we were enjoying the sunshine and the view some friends in the cutest little boat stopped by to say hi. This is gulf island lifestyle at its best!