Inland Passage 2016

June 13, 2016

Glad to report that our little ledge campsite worked just fine. Neither of us took a wrong step at night and our kitchen stayed dry as well.

 It was about a 10 foot drop around the tent, plus with the rain the rocks were quite slippery. Not the best tent pitching job, but it worked!

It was about a 10 foot drop around the tent, plus with the rain the rocks were quite slippery. Not the best tent pitching job, but it worked!

 Our kitchen was quite cozy as well.

Our kitchen was quite cozy as well.

Once again the sea state has changed dramatically from yesterday. We still can not see the tops of the mountains, but the seas are flat calm. We have some major crossings once again today, so we are hoping the conditions stay the same. One crossing is called Douglass Passage. it even has it own weather report with inflow and outflow winds. We are looking forward to having that stretch behind us as we have a great weather window.  In the distance we see a light marking a point which we mistakenly think that it is the point we want to go around. We head there and then realize that we have passed the channel that we wanted to take north. We have two options, one is to go back, the other on is to go forward and connect to a channel that will take us to where we need to be.  The only challenge is that there is a narrow pass that we will need to hit at the right time or we will not be able to paddle against the current and will have to wait till tomorrow when the current will allow us to pass thru.  We decide to continue on and are blessed with seeing numerous whales spouts. Perhaps this is the good choice. When we get into the channel that will lead us to the channel we want, we realize how valuable our I phone app is for charts. Without this we could have been in this maze of inlets and outlets for a long time. Later we read that using a gps is the only way to navigate this section. To our amazement we have hit the passage that we need just a bit past slack. We have to paddle hard to get thru, but we did and once we made it thru we were greeted by two large humpbacks that were feeding. In the near distance we find a site next to a stream.  Once again we have to carve out a spot for our tent.

We are now in Grenville channel, which is a major channel for boats going to Prince Rupert. Several cruise ships have gone by us and with the fog blocking the mountains, we are not sure that they are getting great views. Don has a foot peddle break and called the manufacture, Seward, today via satellite phone. They are going to send him a replacement part to Prince Rupert.  This day turned out to be about 8 hours longer than we thought. So much for a short day.

 At least we had calm conditions for most of the day.

At least we had calm conditions for most of the day.

Nautical miles paddled 20.9