Inland Passage 2016

May 25, 2016

We awoke at 4 to waves crashing on the beach. No early departure for us today as the forecast is predicting a strong wind. Looks like we will take advantage of this and catch up on some reading and admire the plants in the area.

 Think that we will be enjoying the beach today.

Think that we will be enjoying the beach today.

 At least the tide did not reach our tent.

At least the tide did not reach our tent.

The flowers are starting to bloom and we also were lucky enough to find some salmon berries. I am studying the trees and learning about the different cones that they have.

 The red cedar has branches that look like a J

The red cedar has branches that look like a J

 And beautiful small cones. The red cedar was used by the natives for numerous purposes.

And beautiful small cones. The red cedar was used by the natives for numerous purposes.

The flowers are beginning to add color to the forest.

 Salal forms  a dense wall of leaves and flowers. It was also used by the natives as an important food source.

Salal forms  a dense wall of leaves and flowers. It was also used by the natives as an important food source.

 Foxglove is beautiful, but toxic

Foxglove is beautiful, but toxic

 We are anticipating a good harvest of salmon berries this summer. This is encouraging!

We are anticipating a good harvest of salmon berries this summer. This is encouraging!

Since we are near a town, we are able to get internet on our cell phone.  We check to see if our food boxes have made it to their destinations and are relieved when they have. As we look out towards the ocean , there is a calming of the water. Perhaps we can take off after all. Our only problem is that the tide has gone out and instead of a sandy beach we are now staring at a rocky beach.

 We get to practice our balance and our patience for this loading.

We get to practice our balance and our patience for this loading.

The afternoon is a major contrast to the morning wind and waves. The sea is calm and we can see Powell River in the distance. 

 As we make our way to the mainland, we pass by 100's of loons. Unfortunately the photos did not turn out. 

As we make our way to the mainland, we pass by 100's of loons. Unfortunately the photos did not turn out. 

A late evening as we find a small beach to make camp. We are glad that it did not rain or the wind blow. Tomorrow we look forward to stopping at Lund to visit the bakery.

 Sure glad we have long days!

Sure glad we have long days!

Nautical miles paddled 14