I continue to cruise in the Broughton Islands, very picturesque with lots of quiet anchorages. The weather unfortunately continues to be cold and wet, which has not stopped me from hiking and kayaking. I have seen lots of dolphins and one bear.
Yesterday I spent a beautiful sunny afternoon kayaking around the Polkinghorne Islands and ate prawns for lunch (the trap was packed when I pulled it up in the morning).
In the late afternoon, I came into Carter Passage, which at the West end has a narrow entrance full of rocks, and also strong tidal currents. Today is real West Coast weather, rainy with low clouds. I guess the rain forest needs it. I plan to get dressed up and go kayaking anyhow.
I moved into Booker Lagoon today, not far but a tricky entrance with strong currents and lots of rocks. The rest of the day I spent exploring the lagoon with the kayak.
I left Sunday Harbour today, no bumps in the night, but a nice big crab in the trap. I am now anchored in Cullen Harbour on Broughton Island, looking out into Queen Charlotte Strait. The weather continues to be quite nice, though a little cool in the mornings.
Tomorrow is Sunday, so today I came into Sunday Harbour, which is actually just a channel between two islands with strong tidal currents running through. I am hoping that not too many logs will go bump in the night.
Another ebb tide and I came further north into the archipelago. After a few hours stop at a tiny bay in the Plumber Islands (basically anchored in a tidal whirlpool, http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=50.593533&lon=-126.802860) I am now at Crease Island for the night. The weather was cool (15 deg) and windy today, but with enough sunshine to dry a load of laundry.
I headed further north today, setting out just after 5 am to catch the ebb tide in Johnstone Strait. I am in the Broughtons now, anchored in front of a clam shell beach at Matilpi. Unfortunately, the crab trap came up empty, so just a steak for dinner.
I moved further north today, through three sets of tidal rapids: Yuculta, Gillard and Dent. These can only be navigated at slack water and get quite busy those short times (this short video shows what it looks like outside slack). A group of sea lions was watching the boats go by. Tonight I am staying in the Blind Channel Marina, a resort that was started by a German couple in the seventies and is still owned by the same family. Their restaurant is open and I have a reservation.
We have a northwesterly gale in the area for a few days, and I came into Squirrel Cove because it has better protection and better cellphone reception. The weather is very nice, but paddling against the wind was hard work. There are more boats here than last week, but none in the little side bay as it falls dry at low tide.
I came back to Campbell River yesterday and today took Ancient Murrelet to Von Donop Inlet, on my way to the Broughtons. The weather is warm and sunny, but quite windy. Sheila is busy in Vancouver with helping her mother and some Regent College courses.