June 24, 2014: Welcome Harbour, Porcher Island

June 24, 2014: Welcome Harbour, Porcher Island

Having had little sleep last night due to noises caused by strong, gusting winds, we slept in (well, I did, anyway) and got a late start today. Eventually we launched the kayaks and paddled through a gut to where there is a trail to Oval Bay on the outside of Porcher Island. Someone is constructing board walks along the trail and it was easy going. Oval Bay is a long crescent beach (3 miles), mostly gravel, open to Hecate Strait. Rick says that when he worked out of Rupert (early 80s?), he and Kerry walked that beach and found so many glass fishing floats they couldn’t carry them all. That was then; when we got over there, the high tide mark was littered with nothing but plastic—fishing floats, water bottles, flip flops and sundry other paraphernalia. We did see some evidence of Japanese origin, but not the quantity of stuff that is being reported in some places due to the 2011 tsunami.

After dinner we rowed to a nearby beach to investigate a trail to Secret Cove on the outside of Porcher. The guide books say there is a forestry campsite there and two mooring buoys in the bay. Old news—the mooring buoys are gone and the signage at the campsite has been removed. We decided to leave the trail walk till tomorrow. Back on the beach, we tried not to scare off a Greater Yellowlegs stepping along the waterline, and to beat the rain that started up again as we were climbing back into the dinghy. Ron decided to move Snug over to the beach for a change of scene and to put us closer to the trail walk.

 

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