June 26, 2014: Phoenix Creek, Kitkatla Inlet, Porcher Island

June 26, 2014: Phoenix Creek, Kitkatla Inlet, Porcher Island

The sun was rising over Porcher Island when we got underway at six this morning, with some fog in Edye Passage. Our intention was to skirt the west shore of the island and go back into Kitkatla Inlet via Freeman Passage 18 km to the south. A southeast wind was forecast to come up at noon and we wanted to get off Hecate Strait before then. All went according to plan and we had a great motor-sail in gentle swells all the way down Porcher Island. Freeman Passage is a bit of a rock pile, but we navigated through on a flood tide with no problems, crossed Kitkatla Inlet and dropped our anchor in behind the Phoenix Islands opposite Phoenix Creek. Much to our delight, there was an eagle nest across the harbour with two parents attending to at least one chick. We spent a lazy afternoon in the sunny cockpit and exploring the shorelines by dinghy. In the evening a sandhill crane came flying across the bay, squawking loudly, and disappeared into a lagoon beside our anchorage.

 

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