Inland Passage 2016

June 2, 2016

We slept well last night. The hedge that we had pitched our tent behind, sheltered us from the wind and the Hilderberg tent kept us dry. The weather forecast was still predicting strong wind warnings for the area, but the conditions were currently favorable to paddle. For a while we would be hugging the shoreline and could find protection if we needed. We use the inch method of traveling when we can and not when the conditions predict otherwise. We will be passing the town of Port Hardy today and will be able to get cell service and pick up our emails. This sure is a switch from our travel days of the past. Instead of the weather getting worse it seems to be improving and when we get to Port Hardy we decide to camp in an area called God's Pocket. There are several crossings but only a mile or two in width. Some of the water in this area is a turquoise shade of blue. There are two marked camp sites for the area, the first is near a commercial area that could be for fish. The generator makes for a noisy site so we continue on passing rocks covered with oysters. We have seen numerous signs along the way advising not to eat oysters due to toxins they ingest. We oblige. 

 The day is beautiful.

The day is beautiful.

 Oysters are plentiful.

Oysters are plentiful.

We find a campsite on Hurst Island in harlequin bay. It is up on a bench so no worries about tides here. Someone has even placed a rope to help climb up to the site. Fortunately the tides are not extreme right now, so we do not have to carry our boats up high.  The bay is shallow so the tide does go out far at low tide which makes for a long walk to clean dishes. The island is not one of a healthy forest, a lot of the trees seem to be dying or are quite small in girth. Again it seems like we are perhaps camping at an old logging site. Someone has built an area with a rustic table and benches. Once again the forecast is calling for strong winds. Guess we will be on hold until we see what the weather is going to bring.

 The view from the kitchen.

The view from the kitchen.

Nautical miles traveled 16.1