Inland Passage 2016

May 27, 2016

Just to make sure that we were not surprised by the high tide. We stayed up till after 11;00 till the tide switched. We had a couple inches to spare before the tide would have touched the tent.  We had to redo some of the anchors, but overall life is good. The tides are interesting here as they have long and short cycles. This is the first time that we have experienced tides which have such dramatic differences. Decided to leave a little after 10 which should put us in good position to go thru the three named rapids tomorrow. We have read and reread the descriptions of the three rapids that we will be going thru. The books sure can psyche one out. The descriptions of what they look at when they are the strongest puts a bit of fear in your heart.  Today though there are minimum obstacles in our path. The seas are flat calm and the skies sunny. Chart reading is easy and we are going with the flow. 

 Joy to paddle today!

Joy to paddle today!

 The seas were like this most of the day.

The seas were like this most of the day.

 An easy day of chart reading!

An easy day of chart reading!

We were making good time. Unlike the man that we met that was in a small sailboat that he had built. We were watching him try to tack but the wind was pretty still. When we got near him, he told us that he had a bad shoulder and could not row easily so he was going to be out for a month and was literally going with the flow. He was happy to go where ever the wind and or current took him.  We got to the rapid section where there are several nice or should say enormous fishing lodges, This area is world famous for salmon runs. It was early so not a lot of people were around. We were looking for one of the lodges that our guide book described. It recommended that one docks there till the tide is at the right time. Mainly right around slack. We could not locate the lodge so decided to go find a place to camp. We paddled along the shore till we found an old logging road that would work nicely for our camp. It was a bit of a steep carry to get up to the road, but was the best options we had. We read once more the rapid description and planned for our departure in the morning to be there at slack. It should be good cause we will be going thru this area during the ebb, which will be like paddling down river.

 Can not get much better than this!

Can not get much better than this!

Nautical miles paddled 15.6