After a very quiet night and a bit of boat cleaning this morning, I motored to Prideaux Haven, the most popular anchorage in these waters. Quite spectacular, but as one guide points out, "the only thing missing is solitude". Great place to kayak, and that is what I plan to do for the rest of the day.
There is a nice lodge about half way up Homfray Channel on the way to Toba Inlet. They have cabins, a dock and two mooring buoys, one of which I am tied up to now. Not much going on here, but amazing scenery.
I moved into the narrow and long Von Donop Inlet today. It is very hot and sunny, and as the park has a nice network of trails in shaded woods, I spent the afternoon walking.
After a day all alone in Taekerne Bay, we have now come to Gorge Harbour on Cortes Island. In July we plan to spend time here with both Sheila’s mother and my parents. My former boss, Richard, and his wife Michelle have owned the marina for a few years now and have created a fantastic place for yachties: Great docks, beautiful grounds, excellent restaurant and friendly staff.
We moved further north now after spending last night in surprisingly interesting Powell River. Now we are anchored in Desolation Sound. About 15 minutes uphill walking away, with Sheila talking loudly to keep the bears away, there is a nice warm lake. I, Reinhard, went swimming there, first time this season. Sheila swims in the ocean just about every day, but that is too cold for me.
We are anchored at Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet, a beautiful deep fjord. There is enough current from the river to keep us off the rocks, and to Sheila’s delight we have not seen any bears yet. There is no cell phone reception and even the satellite phone works only very intermittently.
This year, a pair of chickadees were breeding again on our balcony (in the bamboo pole showing in the picture), and yesterday their young moved out. We are also moving out of the flat and spending the summer on the boat and in Crescent Beach. Next spring we plan to move into a bigger place close by.