Yesterday we spent in Prideaux Haven and did another strenuous 4 hour hike from Melanie Cove to Tenedos Bay. We stopped at Unwin Lake for a freshwater swim. The night was very windy and there were a few showers. This afternoon we came into Squirrel Cove and the sun came out again. On the way we saw some orcas, but they were quite far away.
Yesterday I came to Waiatt Bay and in the afternoon Sheila, Corne and Wolfgang flew in from Vancouver by floatplane. Today we kayaked and hiked up to Newton Lake for a good fresh water swim. Energised, we walked to Granite Bay and then back to the dinghy, a total of 16 km. Sheila and Corne went for another swim in the ocean, but Wolfgang and I just cooled our sore feet. Now everybody is quite tired and it will be an early night.
I enjoyed some nice days in Prideaux Haven, visiting friends, hiking and cleaning the boat. I even went for a swim in the ocean after a hike yesterday. Today, I came to Taku Marina in Drew Harbour across from Rebecca Spit. This is a good place to do the provisioning for next week and I had a busy day. It was sunny most of the day, 26 degrees and quite windy. On the way in I saw some humpback whales, who seem to like this area.
I came into Prideaux Haven today, probably the most popular anchorage in Desolation Sound and therefore rather crowded. There are some friends here and it is very pretty, so I don’t mind. The afternoon was hot and sunny, water temperature 22 degrees.
I went around the top of Cortes Island today, encountered a few more humpback whales and came into Squirrel Cove. This is a popular anchorage and there are more than 50 boats in here, yet it does not feel crowded. After a couple of cloudy days the sun came out this afternoon and it is nice and warm now.
I had a great time with our friends Graham and Peggy in Waiatt Bay, but today we moved on. They started heading back to Vancouver and I came into Von Donop Inlet on Cortes Island. On the way I saw a group of humpback whales breaching and performing all kinds of antics, but by the time I got close enough for pictures, they had gone back to feeding. There are still a lot of boats around, most are on their way South though.
Long trip today, 80 nautical miles that took over 8 hours from Port McNeill to Waiatt Bay where I am anchored now. I left just after 5am this morning, so there was time for a coffee with friends who are also anchored here. I skipped the hike to the lake though, we will do this next week.
We are enjoying our time with the family in Germany, but took a break this weekend to go on a cruise from Hamburg to Heligoland. We walked around the island this afternoon, looked at the famous rock “Lange Anna”, which now houses a colony of Eurasian gannets. The evening there was a “Pappboot” regatta, youngsters in boats built of paper and glue only. Some even made it all the way around the course of about 200m.