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Month: June 2013

Day 17: Rescue Bay to David Bay

Day 17: Rescue Bay to David Bay

Sunday, June 30 We woke this morning to the call of a loon and heavy rain hitting our deck. We were gearing up for a lay day, since going up to Fiordland seemed pointless with the sky so socked in. But by 10 or so, the sky had cleared and the sun was shining again. We resumed our trip up Mathieson Channel, heading over to the mainland side to get closer to the waterfalls coming out of McPherson Lake. Water…

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Day 16: Shearwater to Rescue Bay, Susan Island

Day 16: Shearwater to Rescue Bay, Susan Island

Saturday, June 29th Sunny today! No rain! We travelled most of the day, casting off our lines at Shearwater around 10 am and dropping anchor in Rescue Bay at 5 pm. We hovered outside Bella Bella for awhile this morning, dealing with business related email, then headed off under mostly clear skies and completely calm seas with Klemtu as our destination. We skirted Millbank Sound, taking the back route up Reid Passage, then Mathieson Channel, reaching 8.3 knots with main…

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Day 15: Codville Lagoon to Shearwater, Denny Island

Day 15: Codville Lagoon to Shearwater, Denny Island

Friday, June 28 Ron promised me a quick and easy stroll to Sagar Lake, with its unusual red sand beach, before breakfast and coffee this morning — but no, it wasn’t so quick or easy. The trail was quite muddy (good thing I wore my gumboots!) although boardwalks had been installed in places, and it was a good half hour both ways with lots of scrambling over roots and up rocks. Our memory of the last time we walked that…

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Day 14: Lewall Inlet to Codville Lagoon

Day 14: Lewall Inlet to Codville Lagoon

Thursday, June 27 Today’s plan was to head out onto Fitz Hugh Sound and get ourselves up to Codville Lagoon in time for a walk up to Sagar Lake. We were out in the middle of the sound when a large group of Pacific white-sided dolphins came towards us. They were leaping clear out of the water and dashing back and forth like crazy. A few approached Snug as they passed, and swam briefly in the bow wave, but didn’t…

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Day 13: Pruth Bay to Lewall Inlet, Stirling Island

Day 13: Pruth Bay to Lewall Inlet, Stirling Island

Wednesday, June 26 The weather is changing so fast here right now — one minute it’s pouring, the next minute the sky is clear and blue; we think the wind has diminished, then a huge gust hits, threatening to blow away our cockpit canopy. We are keeping our screen door in place when we’re at anchor since we’ve both been bitten by some nasty little creature. Haven’t been bothered by mosquitoes but we’ve seen small black flies and the occasional…

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Day 12: Pruth Bay, Calvert Island

Day 12: Pruth Bay, Calvert Island

Tuesday, June 25 Went back over to West Beach this morning then to North Beach via the trail that leads from the north end of West Beach. This trail is not as flat and level than the one to West Beach, with some clambering required, but not difficult. The Hakai Beach Institute has installed new board walks over the muddiest bits and stairs at the steepest bits. There is a wetland midway across with lots of native water lilies. North…

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Day 11: Millbrook Cove to Pruth Bay, Calvert Island

Day 11: Millbrook Cove to Pruth Bay, Calvert Island

Monday, June 24 We raised the anchor at 7:30 this morning with a gentle rain falling and no wind. We were hoping to benefit from a flood tide to carry us up to Pruth Bay on Calvert Island. That theory worked until we left Smith Sound and entered Fitz Hugh Sound at which time we lost a tide-related knot of “speed over ground.” As we passed False Egg Island we spied a blow — a gray whale was feeding tight…

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Day 10: Shelter Bay to Millbrook Cove, Smith Sound

Day 10: Shelter Bay to Millbrook Cove, Smith Sound

Sunday, June 23 We left Shelter Bay at six this morning to catch the ebb tide. The sky was clear and sunny and the strait was calm with just a slight ocean swell. Perfect conditions to round Cape Caution! Noticed a large installation of wind turbines at the top of Vancouver Island (way off in the distance). Ron stopped the boat and put a line in the water in a shallow spot just past Cape Caution and hooked into a…

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Day 9: Port McNeill to Shelter Bay

Day 9: Port McNeill to Shelter Bay

Saturday, June 22 We crossed a calm and misty Queen Charlotte Strait today, leaving McNeill just after 9 am and arriving at Shelter Bay on the mainland just after 3 pm. Somewhere out in the middle there was a huge raft of birds — a mix of rhinoceros auklets and gulls and maybe lots of others that we didn’t identify. We skirted the Millar Group of islands, then raised the main to take advantage of a northwest wind as we…

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Day 8: Billygoat Bay to Port McNeill

Day 8: Billygoat Bay to Port McNeill

Friday, June 21 The wind dropped during the night and when Ron got up at 5 am the strait was glassy calm. We drove into thick fog somewhere around Port Neville which lasted until we got up to West Cracroft Island But that’s OK because we have radar! Carried on right up to Port McNeill, arriving at 1:15. The only wildlife spotted en route was a few Dall’s porpoises. After a stop at the fuel dock, we tied up at…

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