July 30, 2014: Sointula

July 30, 2014: Sointula

Today was another “change our minds in mid-stream” days—we had intended to carry on down the mainland coast to Eden Island where we really enjoyed paddling last year but it was foggy on that side of Queen Charlotte Strait and Malcolm Island looked clear. Our provisions were running low again, and sunshine and a trip to town sounded good, so the tiller was pushed hard over and we crossed the strait, rounded Pulteney Point and pulled into Sointula. The berth we occupied twice last year was waiting for us again—we felt quite at home as we tied Snug’s lines to the dock. Not feeling like diving into chores, we headed off for the mile walk down 1st Street to town to see what had changed. Not too much, as far as we could see, other than the Credit Union building had “This Location is Closed” signs posted and one of the restaurants that was operating last year was vacant. We stopped for ice cream at Deb’s Deli and carried on to the end of 1st Street where the cemetery is located and there’s a bench looking out to Haddington Island and  Vancouver Island beyond. There’s also a well organized and productive community garden nearby which we had a little walk around, wondering if there would be any food waiting for us in our garden when we get home. We walked back to town via 2nd Street and sat on the pub’s waterfront deck for a beer before going back to Deb’s Deli for a salmon burger. Before settling down for the night we did another walk in the other direction along 1st Street which circles around Rough Bay. Lots of walking today!

 

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