Sunshine! We had a perfectly lovely day today, beginning with a calm night and blue sky upon an early rising. Then a wonderful paddle out of Welcome Harbour, into Secret Cove and along the islets and islands to the north on the edge of Hecate Strait. This is the kind of paddling we love—through narrow guts between rocks, in and out of hidden bays, feeling the swell of the ocean under the kayaks. We nosed into a little beach on an outer island and clambered over the rocky shoreline thinking the beach combing might be more productive in this more isolated location. More plastic fishing floats. But a wonderful view over to Oval Bay and lots of bird activity in the forest. I spotted a hummingbird and a pair of cedar waxwings for sure, but couldn’t get a clear view of any others. I’d love to be able to ID birds by their songs—a goal I began to aspire to last year, but haven’t made much progress toward since.
After a lunch break aboard Snug, we walked the trail to Secret Cove, which although no longer being maintained is still passable, but decided against sliding down the cliff to the beach in the cove. The forest was worth the walk though—some huge trees and a great variety of plant life. We found some abalone and moon snail shells under a tree well into the forest and wondered what critter had brought them all that way for dinner. It was such a beautiful, calm evening that we got back into the kayaks after dinner and paddled out into Welcome Harbour to poke around the islets and reefs close to our anchorage.