Wednesday, August 7
Suddenly it’s hot! Being below the rapids makes a big difference in air and water temperature and in boat traffic and chatter on the marine radio. We flew through Dent and Yuculta Rapids at the start of the flood tide, and rode it down Calm Channel leaving the Rendezvous Islands to port, then into Sutil Channel and finally into Von Donop Inlet. This is a long, narrow inlet with plenty of room and good depth to anchor. We got hot enough, even while under way, that I had to get into the water to cool down when we dropped anchor. The heat kind of sapped our energy and we lazed around the rest of the afternoon and read and slept. When it cooled down a bit in the evening, we got into the kayaks and paddled to a lagoon that is only accessible at high tide, thinking we might go in and explore, but the water was still rushing in and we didn’t have the energy to fight our way back out. We turned around and paddled to the head of the inlet and counted about forty boats at anchor spread out all along the length of the inlet. The only wildlife sighting to report today is Pacific White-sided Dolphins just tearing along in Calm Channel just below the Yucultas.