Inland Passage 2016

June 1, 2016

We were up at 6 and on the water by 8. Fortunately the sea is calm and the crossing goes well. We are learning about currents this trip and sometimes they just do not make sense of their direction. Mainly we enjoy it when it is moving us in the direction that we want to go. The day started out sunny but as the afternoon progressed the weather deteriorated. After we had crossed to the other side a barge pulling a long log train appeared. Now that we know there are logs up to five stories high below the surface, it gives us pause.

 The sea is like glass this morning.

The sea is like glass this morning.

 This tug boat was pulling quite a load!

This tug boat was pulling quite a load!

 Not a great picture, but this is only some of the logs that the tug is pulling

Not a great picture, but this is only some of the logs that the tug is pulling

In the late hours of the afternoon, the clouds lowered and rain was on the horizon. We stopped at a beach to check out campsite potentials. Before we had even started looking we noticed  large bear tracks and a pile of fresh very recent bear scat. Not far away was a regular campground. At this point we were more than willing to camp in a developed site. We paddled to the beach, unloaded the kayaks and were shown by one of the campers there where would be a good place to camp out of the wind. Just as we got the rain fly up, the rain started falling down. we were glad that we still had our dry suits on. We cooked dinner under the fly before putting up the body. This was probably not the best bear practice camping techniques, but seemed appropriate for the time. The wind is blowing quite hard and the waves have increased in size and pounding the shore. Glad we landed when we did. The forecast is for more of the same tomorrow. We will decide in the morning what the agenda for traveling will be.

Nautical miles traveled 22.9