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Month: July 2013

Day 48: Freshwater Bay to Bond Sound

Day 48: Freshwater Bay to Bond Sound

Wednesday, July 31 It was misty again this morning when we woke, but not so thick that we couldn’t see where we were going. We have a few days before David and his friends come up to Telegraph, so we decided to go back into the Broughtons — the islands between Blackfish Sound and the mainland of B.C. We thought we might go looking for bears again and maybe visit Billy Proctor’s museum in Echo Bay. We wound our way…

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Day 47: Double Bay to Freshwater Bay, Swanson Island

Day 47: Double Bay to Freshwater Bay, Swanson Island

Tuesday, July 30 We dropped anchor in our second favourite spot on the Hanson Island side of Blackfish Sound last night because there was a boat in our most favourite anchorage in Freshwater Bay, and crossed over today in the early afternoon. We put the kayaks in the water and went out onto Blackfish, hoping to see whale activity. One HB surfaced quite close right away but the others seemed to be up around Stubbs Island and the orca were…

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Day 46: Telegraph Cove to Double Bay, Hansen Island

Day 46: Telegraph Cove to Double Bay, Hansen Island

Monday, July 29 Telegraph Cove was socked in with fog this morning so we waited until the sky looked brighter before venturing out onto Johnstone Strait to do some sight seeing with Geoff. By the time we got into Weynton Passage the visibility was good and the Dall’s had arrived. They played around Snug for quite awhile, and even followed us when we spun around to watch a humpback between Stubbs Island and the Plumper group. Just then a Steller’s…

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Day 45: Sointula to Telegraph Cove

Day 45: Sointula to Telegraph Cove

Sunday, July 28 The wind finally died overnight and the boats that were waiting to go north were gone when we got up. Our day’s destination was Telegraph Cove to meet Geoff who was driving up from Nanaimo, so it was just a short hop for us. We tied alongside a dock on the east side of the cove and waited for Geoff to arrive and later went to the pub for dinner. Geoff is on his way to Port…

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Day 44: Sointula, Malcolm Island

Day 44: Sointula, Malcolm Island

Saturday, July 27 We borrowed the bikes again today and rode into town to go to the Farmers/Craft/Flea Market and to visit the museum and to shop for groceries at the co-op store. The market turned out to be one guy selling all his boating books, one Finnish woman selling her cardamom bread, one woman selling her hand knitted socks (didn’t need any of those!) and one guy with a bunch of garage sale type stuff. Unfortunately, a customer had…

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Day 43: Freshwater Bay to Sointula, Malcolm Island

Day 43: Freshwater Bay to Sointula, Malcolm Island

Friday, July 26 We got underway at 8:00 to ride with the tide (in theory) to Sointula. The Dall’s Porpoises came to say good morning and there were HB blows in every direction in Blackfish Sound. It was hard to avoid them — whales kept popping up on our route, including a female with a calf close beside her. The space at the Sointula dock that we occupied last week was empty, so we slipped in there again, feeling quite…

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Day 42: Freshwater Bay, Swanson Island

Day 42: Freshwater Bay, Swanson Island

Thursday, July 25 We had a really lazy day today. Got up late and stayed on the boat most of the day. It was quite windy and we didn’t feel like working too hard paddling so we left the kayaks on Snug’s deck. Ron spent the afternoon working on accounting and I sat in the sun for awhile and knitted for awhile. It was a day of threes: people in three kayaks had a lunch break on our beach, then…

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Day 41: Telegraph Cove to Freshwater Bay, Swanson Island

Day 41: Telegraph Cove to Freshwater Bay, Swanson Island

Wednesday, July 24 Today wasn’t quite as exciting as yesterday but we had a great time. I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that not only did we see the humpback breaching, we heard it vocalizing, which was also pretty cool. Anyway, this morning we left Telegraph and headed through the same pass that we were in yesterday with the HB. One of the commercial whale watching boats was out there, probably with an animal, but it was too foggy…

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Day 40: Port McNeill to Telegraph Cove

Day 40: Port McNeill to Telegraph Cove

Tuesday, July 23 Today was right up there as being one of the most exciting, fun days of our trip! The plan we had formulated was to go for breakfast together, then Rick and Mum would goof around shopping and whatever in McNeill and then drive to Telegraph Cove in the afternoon. Dad would come aboard Snug and we’d get out on the water to look for whales, see some of the places they used to come to during their…

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Day 39: Sointula to Port McNeill

Day 39: Sointula to Port McNeill

Monday, July 22 We walked into town again this morning looking for coffee, and although most of Sointula is closed on Monday too, we found a coffee shop alongside the ferry line-up which was open and full of people waiting to get on the ferry to Port McNeill. Had a nice chat with some locals who perched on the stools beside us on the porch of the coffee shop (cute old house converted to cute coffee shop) and then headed…

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