Inland Passage 2016

June 5, 2016

We were up at 4 to check out the sea state. Our camp was in the forest so when we walked to the beach we were glad to see that the surf was quite doable. The only challenge was that the tide was way out now and still had a way to go. By the time we finished our breakfast, and started loading our boats, it was a lot of walking.

 The two objects way in the distance on the shore are our boats

The two objects way in the distance on the shore are our boats

By the time we got all of our gear to our boats, we had probably walked about a mile. We were now ready to go around Cape Caution. From reports and conversations this point can be quite dangerous or if the conditions are mellow, a beautiful paddle. Today it was going to be a beautiful paddle. The fog is mostly gone and the swells have become gentle. We are still on alert for boomers.  After yesterday the word boomer has taken a new meaning. We can see the light house in the distance and as it nears, we are confident that we will not have to read anymore about the challenges of getting around this point.

 The light house of Cape Caution

The light house of Cape Caution

 What a difference from yesterday!

What a difference from yesterday!

The Cape the crux as we were calling it is now a memory. Once around the point though we still have a ways to go before we can find a place to land. We paddle steadily and watch the waves crashing on the shore.

 Once rounding the point we paddled steadily till reaching a more protected larger bay.

Once rounding the point we paddled steadily till reaching a more protected larger bay.

When we finally  found a small bay, we pulled into stretch our legs. We saw a kayak that was parked on top of some logs. Don went in to investigate and found a kayaker who was also on the mission of doing the Inland Passage.  We now have met two kayakers who are heading North. The fog is now gone and the large bay we need to cross is a go. When it is time to take another break we find a white sandy beach with beautiful wildflowers. 

 Feels more like Mexico!

Feels more like Mexico!

 Monkey Flower

Monkey Flower

 A flower in the mint family

A flower in the mint family

 Columbine

Columbine

A potential campsite is just around the next point, but the wind, waves and current are all going in our direction and we feel that we should continue on.

 Moving nicely along1

Moving nicely along1

According to our guide book and some notes from a friend, there is good camping at Fury Island. It will be a long day but we decide that if we can we will try to make it there. When we see the island we understand why this place is magical. It is an area where a lot of sailors make it a destination.

 Glad we are here

Glad we are here

 Even Esri is jumping for joy.

Even Esri is jumping for joy.

With the long days we still have plenty of time to just enjoy the sun. This is the hottest day of the trip so far. I am tempted to take a swim. but the temperature of the water is quite cold.

 Reading up on what is next.

Reading up on what is next.

 A good ending to a good day.

A good ending to a good day.

Nautical miles traveled 28.8