Thursday, August 8
We made a short hop across Sutil Channel this morning, looking for a quieter anchorage (and cleaner swimming water?). We ran up to the head of Evans Bay on Read Island, looking for unnamed nooks where we might tuck in. We’ve been up there before visiting people who have a kayak expedition business and advertised in WaveLength. There are off-the-grid homes all along the east shore of Read, some quite substantial with multiple solar panels and wind generators. We found what we were looking for back down at the entrance of the bay — an open bight that faces south. There used to be an oyster aquaculture operation in there, but it looks inactive now. A cute little unpainted cabin sits in a grassy clearing on the shore, probably used as a summer vacation home, although no one is around now. We paddled and I swam (water temperature: 67 degrees). We sat on the foredeck to catch the breeze and looked south to the mountains on Vancouver Island beyond Quadra Island. It is very beautiful here, but tamer, and the possibility of the unexpected seems less. Maybe I just need to look and listen more closely. Seals and mergansers are in abundance.