Inland Passage 2016

June 26, 2016

We awoke early and had breakfast. The conditions look so much better than yesterday. Still somewhat overcast and began to rain as we were finishing loading our boats. There were whales and sea lions in our view site this morning. The logging area that we had hiked in yesterday continues for many miles, we paddled by the logging operation severals miles past our campsite.

 It was a Sunday, so seemed pretty quiet. Lot of trucks were parked.

It was a Sunday, so seemed pretty quiet. Lot of trucks were parked.

We were heading towards the small town of Myers Chuck. When we arrived it was almost like a ghost town. We never did see any people. Perhaps later in the summer more folks will be here. At one time it even had a school, but that is closed now. There was a sailboat tied up to the dock. They had arrived last night and had seen no one as well. Several houses had wood smoke coming out of the chimneys. So we assume some one is here.  There is a postoffice on the shore that is opened several days during the week. Not much to hold our attention here so after a short walk on a path we decided to continue paddling North.

 Neat sculpture of a Great blue heron. Made from drift wood

Neat sculpture of a Great blue heron. Made from drift wood

 Dave and Karen were sailing up from Seattle area. They were surprised to hear that we would often paddle as many miles as they would sail. I have a feeling though that we are on the water longer.

Dave and Karen were sailing up from Seattle area. They were surprised to hear that we would often paddle as many miles as they would sail. I have a feeling though that we are on the water longer.

 Lot of marine creatures were living under the dock.

Lot of marine creatures were living under the dock.

Continuing on the paddle we encountered good conditions and by the time we stopped we had paddled over 30 nautical miles. The first couple of sites that we looked at did not look like they would be above tide level. We have also been warned about bears in the area so do not want to be near salmon streams. Finally found a beautiful grassy island. Normally we would rather camp on a hardened surface, but our options were waning and this looked like we would only be here for one night. The tide was up so unloading was easy.

 Love the peacefulness

Love the peacefulness

After we had set our tent up and starting to cook dinner a mink walked right  below us. It must not have caught our scent as it stayed long enough for us to take a photo.

 Can see why their fur was so valuable.

Can see why their fur was so valuable.

Glad to be here and love the Lupine.

Nautical Miles paddled 31