The heat wave is abating and today the top temperature is a very pleasant 25 degrees. Much better and less dangerous. This morning I received my second vaccination, Sheila had hers last week. Freedom beckons! In British Columbia from tomorrow on, travel is unrestricted, masks will be optional and personal gatherings return to normal. Unfortunately, the Canadian borders still remain closed for non essential travel.
We are enjoying wonderful hot weather, even up here in the Broughtons. I came into Port McNeill today to reprovision and do a few boat jobs. Tomorrow I fly to Vancouver for a few days, and then next week Sheila and I come back together for a few weeks up here. Hopefully the weather will stay this nice.
Port McNeill: http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=50.591527&lon=-127.091083
I spent a quiet night behind Mound Island and came into Sointula today. This was founded by Finnish immigrants trying to create an utopian socialist community. The co-operative store is still going after more than 100 years and the place has a very nice feel to it.
I came through Beware Passage (lots of rocks, strong currents with the big tides we have right now) to a very pretty and popular anchorage behind the Goat Islets. Did not see any goats, but a deer was swimming to one of them as I came in.
Today I came into Lagoon Cove, a nice marina on Cracroft Island. There are short, but great walks in the woods here, and a Happy Hour tradition every evening which as usual was great fun and interesting. The chilly wind brought it to an earlier end than usual, but as there is good Wifi I have lots of other stuff to do anyways.
Just a short trip today, to a very sheltered and pretty anchorage, Potts Lagoon. This is also very popular, especially today as there are strong winds outside. I came early, kayaked around the lagoon itself at high tide and watched a black bear on the beach behind the green floathome at low tide. The weather is cool and misty in the mornings, with warm sunshine in the afternoon.
I enjoyed a very smooth passage in Johnstone Strait, stopped for a few hours at Matilpi (http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=50.558997&lon=-126.188457) and spent the night in Sargeaunt Passage, off Knight Inlet. Very remote and scenic. There is an old logging road there that I always wanted to walk along, but it was too overgrown and there were piles of bear scat every few meters. In the evening I saw a black bear on the beach.
Sargeaunt Passage: http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=50.692470&lon=-126.198033
I enjoyed the dinner at Blind Channel and met some friends of Sheila there. Today I only moved a little further, as Johnstone Strait was very windy. Douglas Bay in Forward Harbour is well protected and there is a nice short trail to Bessborough Bay. I saw some bear scat, but no bears.
I left early today to catch slack at the three tidal rapids I had to traverse, all went well. Now I am tied up at the Blind Channel Resort and look forward to dinner in their nice restaurant.