Inland Passage 2016

June 11, 2016

We finally were in bed around 11:00 last night. When we arrived to our little island there was a fishing boat anchored nearby. Glad that it was still here in the morning as it was quite the serene photo.

 Fishing season has begun.

Fishing season has begun.

This is quite the protected inlet and it feels like we are in a large lake except the tide tells us differently. Quite happy when the tide did not reach to the top of our island and no bears came to investigate. Really did not have a choice cooking any distance from the tent, but in our circumstance we did the best we could.

 Lake or ocean?

Lake or ocean?

 Just enough room for tent and gear,

Just enough room for tent and gear,

 Not quite the proper distance, but we could easily see in all directions.

Not quite the proper distance, but we could easily see in all directions.

We were loaded quickly after breakfast and with a higher tide we almost could just slip our boats into the water from where we were camped. Yesterday's wind had gone and the seas were flat calm. For awhile the current was with us and we took our time enjoying the many waterfalls of this area.

 If this was August we would have been watching bears grab Salmon as they went up this stream.

If this was August we would have been watching bears grab Salmon as they went up this stream.

Instead of moving easily forward after several hours of paddling. It felt like we were moving thru molasses. Later we found out that the tide switches near here and we were going against it. We were planning to stop at Butedale, another abandoned cannery for the night. I managed to tweet my back and so paddling become un fun. Finally we saw the named waterfall and the remains of the cannery.

 Finally the cannery

Finally the cannery

As Don approached the dock, he was first welcomed by a large friendly dog followed by a man quickly behind him. This was Corey, the caretaker. He had heard about this place and it seemed just like the place he would want to live. He got a boat to take him here and became friends with the caretaker at that time. Several years later the caretaker who was quite a bit older than Corey decided to move back to a town and Corey was hired to take his place. This place has been bought by a man who has huge plans of making this place an eco tourist destination.  The new owner has also put in a solar water filtering unit that he hopes will eventually be a basis for starting a water bottling plant. According to Corey, the water that comes from the lake above the old cannery has been tested and is one of the purest around. With the addition of the filter system this business may have potential. I must admit the water tasted great, but so does the rainwater we have been catching off of the tarp. Corey has renovated one of the old houses on the property and often rents it for 10 dollars a night to kayakers that pass thru. Sounds like we are the first ones and there are not a lot that usually pass thru.  He had just painted the floor so it was not very usable, but it had flush toilets that we could use. We set our tent up on a concrete platform and after another long day of paddling and talking we were tired.

 Some of the remaining buildings.

Some of the remaining buildings.

 We unloaded our gear on to the dock.

We unloaded our gear on to the dock.

Nautical miles paddled 20