Inland Passage 2016

May 19, 2016

Up early as we anticipate the start of our journey. The rain is falling and the wind has begun to pick up. It is an easy decision to put on the dry suits. We load our gear once more into Kurts car and say good by to Becca and Henry. It fits in the back of the car and we feel confident that it will fit in the boats. We had done a preliminary packing, but have added a couple of items since.

 It is finally happening!

It is finally happening!

 Kurt, Becca and Henry

Kurt, Becca and Henry

We leave the house by 8:20 and are ready to depart with our packed boats by 9:30. Don is a bit challenged to get everything to fit, but finally does and we wave good by to Kurt.

 Hopefully the smiles will continue!

Hopefully the smiles will continue!

The wind is steady and against us. The current is with us, but half way across to Lumni island it  switches.  We take a shore break and decide to continue on around the south of the island. we hug the shore to get some protection from the wind and waves. One we round the point though the conditions are in our favor and we are able to pick up the pace. Our new iPhone with the app of Navionics clocks our speed at 4.7 nautical miles per hour, on the other side when we were against the wind, waves and current we were only going 2.2 nautical miles per hour. One of the challenges of this journey will be the fact that we will be sharing some of our passages with large ships. We were quickly introduced to this when we saw a tug boat pulling a large container barge. We had to slow our pace down to let it pass. Once it passed we quickly continued across the shipping lane. We felt fortunate that we did not see any others during the crossing. As we approached Clark island the current once again made us work to get to the beach.  Finally we reached the beach and let our weary bodies stretch out.  It had been several months since our Baja trip and our muscles were not happy.  The campsite is beautiful and soon we are setting up camp and making dinner. The seas have calmed and the winds have died. We are appreciating the sunny evening and take the opportunity to dry some gear and charge the I phone with the solar charger. An evening walk surrounds us in beauty, We are thankful to be here.

 Signs are sometimes nice!

Signs are sometimes nice!

 Life is good!

Life is good!

Nautical miles traveled 15.6