Inland Passage 2016

May 24, 2016

Another early morning departure. A high tide is our friend and we were able to use it to our advantage as we loaded our boats quite easily this morning. As we crossed over to Texada Island, we encountered our largest sea condition yet.. The current and wind was in opposition. The paddling was difficult and the progress was slow. Finally we made it to the opposite shore and were able to use the back eddies along the shore to help with forward progress.  Today was a good day for wildlife sightings. As we rounded a point we came upon two raccoons digging for clams. They were quite focused on the task and did not even notice that we were approaching them.

 Rather see this then the raccoon checking out the garbage cans in the parks.

Rather see this then the raccoon checking out the garbage cans in the parks.

 Love their tails.

Love their tails.

Soon we noticed several eagles on the shoreline. One was mature and quite dominant, the other one was immature,

 a magnificent bird.

a magnificent bird.

 It will take several years before this bird will have the white head.

It will take several years before this bird will have the white head.

Soon we heard and then saw the signs of a large mine, the structures were impressive. We were glad to quickly pass this section.

 A lot of the people that live on this island are employed at this mine.

A lot of the people that live on this island are employed at this mine.

Soon though we were blessed by seeing several large mammals. One being the submarine seal, that would raise and lower their heads as they checked us out. In the distance was the noisy sound of the Stellar Sea that bellowed out the warnings of our approaching kayaks. 

 one never knows when the seal is going to raise their heads.

one never knows when the seal is going to raise their heads.

 We gave the rocks a wide berth!

We gave the rocks a wide berth!

It has been a long day and when we finally saw a suitable beach, we were happy. The sun gave us a nice glow as we ate our meal of lasagna.

 Hope the tide does not get much higher.

Hope the tide does not get much higher.

Nautical miles traveled 25