Inland Passage 2016

May 21, 2016

We were up at 5, ate a cold breakfast and were on the water by 6:45. We were thankful to the man who had offered us the campsite as one could hear the partying going on in the distance during the night.  The wind was non existent during the morning, but the tide was ebbing and it was an effort to paddle against it.  We inched our way up the shoreline and made progress. One of our crossings today involved an area that had lots of BC ferry traffic. In one short time span we counted 6. Several time we had to alter our course to avoid being in their path.

 Lots of ferries today!

Lots of ferries today!

Finally the tide shifted to a flood mode and our pace was noticeable faster.  At one point we caught up to a single paddler and found out that he was also on his way to Skagway. His name was Michael and he had hiked the PCT in the previous year and had decided to continue his journey north by kayak. He had damaged his boat and needed to stop near a town where he could repair it. Our original plan had been to stop at Wallace Island which has water and camping. We arrived by 2 and after looking at some of the unique buildings we decided since the wind and current was favorable, we would continue to head north.

 Visitors by boats have left their marks.

Visitors by boats have left their marks.

 It was fun to look at all the names of the boats.

It was fun to look at all the names of the boats.

Continuing on, the wildlife included many bald eagles and seals sunning on rocks.

 Not sure who was the one observing!

Not sure who was the one observing!

The decision to continue to move north was helped by the wind and current. We soon found ourselves camped at the Canadian Park of Pirate Cove.  The wind and waves picked up in the evening causing us to move our boats higher and secure them. The tent platforms were up a flight of stairs so got some leg work out as well. Tomorrow we will be going thru a tidal channel called False Narrows. We need to time it to be there at slack tide which will mean a late morning departure. With our boats well secured, we can listen to the waves crashing on the beach and sleep well.

Nautical miles traveled 31