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 in Johnstone Strait so we paddled down the shore of Compton Island (to the south of Swanson) through Whitebeach Passage and up the other side of Compton. Compton Island is I.R.; some small cabins are being built there either for First Nations use or to generate some tourism revenue (I’ve seen a poster somewhere about this initiative, but I forget the details). When we got back to Snug, we weren’t seeing any blows on the sound and it was beer/gin time so we sat up on the bow with drinks in hand to toast Rick’s birthday and keep watch. Two cruise ships passed by — one was humungous! — and a couple of Dall’s Porpoises with a tiny baby in tow swam into the bay.