Inland Passage 2016

June 15, 2016

After having a zero day yesterday, we are ready to be back in the boats. We are up at 5 and on the water by 7, The day is overcast, but we do get some views of the mountains and there are a lot of waterfalls on both sides. We can see why this is a preferred route of the cruise ships. The tide is with us and the sea is calm. Makes for enjoyable paddling.

 Glad we waited to leave today.

Glad we waited to leave today.

 This is some of the narrowest channels that we have paddled.

This is some of the narrowest channels that we have paddled.

Not sure where I got the idea, but I thought that this was more representative of the Inland Passage. The tidal current is strong thru here so we are on the tides schedule. When the fog lifts we have views of the granitic mountains above the trees.

 Some of these area look like their might be some hiking possibilities.

Some of these area look like their might be some hiking possibilities.

One thing that catches our eyes today is the red color of the sea. It reminds us of paddling in Baja when there are lots of phosphorescence in the water. Not sure if this is a toxic bloom or not, but there are signs warning not to eat shellfish.

 Lots of red in the water today.

Lots of red in the water today.

There are several whales in the area and at times we seem to be traveling with one that is going our direction.  We are never sure when it is going to breathe and several times it has startled me when it is fairly close to my kayak. it has also come close to Don's. One feels so special when one is in the presence of one of this magnificent mammals.

 The whale is  ahead of the kayak and to the left.

The whale is  ahead of the kayak and to the left.

 Notice the spout of the whale.

Notice the spout of the whale.

We had a destination in mind, but when the tide shifted, even though it was calm, it was not enjoyable to be on the water. We found a site that was quite small, but with the help of the shovel and saw we made a reasonable camp on the shore, A boat came by and dropped off some crab pots. We like the name.

 Our oldest son had the nickname Fury in College.

Our oldest son had the nickname Fury in College.

We are feeling pretty wet, this last week has been one of mostly rain.

Nautical miles traveled 28.4