Inland Passage 2016

June 4, 2016

Up at 4 and on the water by 6.  We were both glad that no bears or cougars visited us during the night. The wind was non existent ,but the fog that was quite thick blocked our views.

 This could be interesting!

This could be interesting!

We were hoping that the heat of the sun would burn off the fog and we would be able to see where we were going. Sometimes that seemed to be the case and we would get to see some of the shoreline.

 At least we had some scenic views.

At least we had some scenic views.

As we paddled the fog would come and go, but it never completely disappeared. In fact for several hours we were using the deck compass and our program on the iPhone to give us headings and directions.

 Glad for the compass today.

Glad for the compass today.

As we got closer to the Cape, the swells grew. One of the challenges of this area is the boomers. As the swells make contact with shallower water, breakers or boomers are formed. This was an interesting dilemma.  We couldn't see very well and often we would have what appeared to us as huge waves breaking near us. There was a lot of surge and we paddled in many different directions to avoid them. The waves were also hitting the shore and rebounding back so one had to keep the distance from the shore as well.

 The white foam is from a breaking wave

The white foam is from a breaking wave

Making forward momentum was not as important as just keeping our boats upright and being prepared for breaking boomers.  We talked about options, but decided to continue to keep moving. Around noon the fog began to lift and we were just dealing with swells. They were probably around 4 feet, but being able to see made a difference, occasionally one would hit a reef and double in size.  We had heard that if one made it around Bremen Point there was an area that had some protection from the surf. We decided that would be our destination. Several hours and the point was in sight. We set outside of the breakers waiting for the best set. Don rode a nice one in, but the one I chose was a bit steep. I felt my boat's stern raise and I was looking to doing an ender. I opted for a sider and was was soon swimming with my boat to shore. 

 Glad we both made it thru the surf. 

Glad we both made it thru the surf. 

Someone had spent some time here before. On the other side of the logs was a camping site for one tent in the woods. There was even a welcome sign. It took us a while to get our gear over the logs, but with the sun shinning, we were smiling.

 The logs were a bit of an obstacle course.

The logs were a bit of an obstacle course.

 Looking out from the campsite.

Looking out from the campsite.

With time on our hands, a walk up a nearby creek seemed appropriate.  The tide was out so we were able to easily hike up the sandy valley.

 We finally got up to where there was fresh water. What a treat!

We finally got up to where there was fresh water. What a treat!

A favorite flower of mine was also growing near the water.

 Chocolate Lily

Chocolate Lily

This is a beautiful area, so different than any terrain that we have paddled by

 Life is good!

Life is good!

Nautical miles paddled 15.9