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Month: July 2014

July 31, 2014: Sointula

July 31, 2014: Sointula

Having been tourists yesterday, it was work today. I packed up the laundry and my computer and headed up to the laundromat at the head of the dock to do double duty—I had some correspondence to catch up on and work to do on the magazine while minding the washers and dryers. Meanwhile, Ron changed the oil in the boat, vacuumed, and put water in our tanks. By the time all this was done and we’d had lunch it was…

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July 30, 2014: Sointula

July 30, 2014: Sointula

Today was another “change our minds in mid-stream” days—we had intended to carry on down the mainland coast to Eden Island where we really enjoyed paddling last year but it was foggy on that side of Queen Charlotte Strait and Malcolm Island looked clear. Our provisions were running low again, and sunshine and a trip to town sounded good, so the tiller was pushed hard over and we crossed the strait, rounded Pulteney Point and pulled into Sointula. The berth…

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July 29, 2014: Blunden Harbour

July 29, 2014: Blunden Harbour

We scooted down the mainland coast with a headsail pulled out to take advantage of a westerly wind and were turning into Blunden Harbour by mid day. After lunch we paddled the eastern side of the big harbour and a peaceful inner cove that dries at low water. By the time we made our turn, the wind had picked up considerably and we had to work hard to get back to Snug.

July 28, 2014: Arm Island, Queen Charlotte Strait

July 28, 2014: Arm Island, Queen Charlotte Strait

It was so foggy at 7:00 this morning that we couldn’t see the other side of Smith Sound. Definitely a day for radar. The fog lifted slightly and then dropped back down all morning and we could just barely see the top of Cape Caution as we rounded into Queen Charlotte Strait. The Coast Guard Radio would have described the sea conditions as “wave height 0.0 metres with a low westerly swell”—quite pleasant, other than not being able to see…

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July 27, 2014: Dsulish Bay, Smith Sound

July 27, 2014: Dsulish Bay, Smith Sound

We ran down to the mouth of Rivers Inlet and out onto open water to get around into Smith Sound under clear skies. Conditions were moderate, with swells rolling in and some breeze keeping the main full. We spotted a blow on the north end of False Egg Island, close to where we saw a grey whale feeding last year. It disappeared around the west side of the island and I kept watch to see if I could pick it…

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July 26, 2014: Sandell Bay, Rivers Inlet

July 26, 2014: Sandell Bay, Rivers Inlet

Today we ran up to the head of Rivers Inlet where we’ve never been before, hugging the shore and scanning for the non-existent bears. We did see a humpback though, which we weren’t expecting. We also saw evidence of some of the eighteen fish canneries that operated here from the 1800s into the first half of the twentieth century. What a different place it must have been then—bustling with cannery and logging activity. There was a seasonal hospital in the…

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July 25, 2014: Dawsons Landing

July 25, 2014: Dawsons Landing

Ron spotted two blows ahead when we were heading down Kwakshua Channel out of Pruth Bay this morning. He slowed down and kept watch, but when we saw them again the whales were far behind us. They must have been doing long dives and we went right past without seeing them. It was flat calm when we got out onto Fitz Hugh Channel but it was so grey and misty that even if there were whales around we probably wouldn’t…

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July 24, 2014: Pruth Bay, Calvert Island

July 24, 2014: Pruth Bay, Calvert Island

We eased out of the narrow entrance to Fish Trap Cove this morning when the tide was high enough to give our keel some clearance. Our intention was to get across Hakai Pass travelling west of all the islands below Hunter Island, and into Pruth Bay. Once out on open water, however, the swells were so big we opted to turn into Nalau Passage between Hunter and Sterling Islands and take the more protected route to the north and east…

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July 23, 2014: Fish Trap Cove, Watt Bay, Hunter Island

July 23, 2014: Fish Trap Cove, Watt Bay, Hunter Island

Doug and Bonnie came over this morning for coffee and to see Snug’s interior layout. Coincidentally, they have two sons named Steve (a sailor) and Ben. We parted company around 11:00, White Raven heading for Pruth Bay and Snug crossing Kildidt Sound to a little cove, unnamed on the chart, but called Fish Trap Cove by one of the guide books (Hamilton). We worked our way among all the rocks and islets on the west side of Kildidt under blue skies,…

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July 22, 2014: Edna Islands, Spider Anchorage

July 22, 2014: Edna Islands, Spider Anchorage

At the risk of repeating myself, yesterday it rained—hard—all day. There was no wind in the anchorage despite the wind outside, but the constant rain kept us aboard and stationary for the day. Lots more knitting done. Ron sorted the paper charts, reorganizing, identifying duplicates and finding notations about our trip to Central Coast 22 years ago—“Oh, we went there!” There aren’t many boats around, but the odd comment on the radio indicated that others were hunkered down for the…

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