Blackfish Sound
Orcas
Quiet Rest
Pod
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August 1

After the hectic days of the reintroduction of A73, the last week has seemed quiet—a more normal routine.  We returned to Alert Bay, Sandra posted web pages, and we did some shopping.

Parts for the watermaker has arrived—finally—in Telegraph Cove, so we stopped there for the night, rafted next to Gikumi(a beautiful old wood whale watch boat).  After a presentation on killer whales by the Straitwatch staff, Scott, Markila, and the others came down to Shadow for wine and conversation.

The next morning we went back to Dong Chong Bay and tied again next to the net pens.  The crab pot provided six beautiful crabs which we ate for the next several days, and the walkway around the net pens provided a convenient space for various boat chores.

On July 30, we walked through the beautiful woods of Hanson Island to Orcalab for a visit with Paul and Helena.  Just as we arrived, whales rounded the corner into Blackfish Sound, and all eyes and ears were riveted to the task of identification.  Later, we had coffee and a visit before returning to Shadow.

The wind had picked up a bit and swells were washing into the bay, making our berth uncomfortable.  But I thought there was a good probability that the weather would lay down around dusk as the tide turned.  Meanwhile, I skiffed ashore for a visit with David Garrett who lives in a camp on Hanson.  David is the author of  “Shaped Cedars and Cedar Shaping,”  the definite volume of Culturally Modified Trees. 

These ancient cedars bear the scars of bark harvesting by native people and provide empirical evidence of continuous occupation, thereby strengthening native land claims.

By six o’clock it had become evident that the wind was not going to slacken and we made hasty preparations to depart.  The net pens and Shadow were definitely not on the same wave frequency and as they came down, she went up, making things increasing uncomfortable.  Once free of the pens and underway, Shadow was much happier, as was her crew and we crossed  Blackfish Sound to find a quiet anchorage behind Mound Island.

The next morning we made our way back to Kwatsi Bay which, so far, appears to be our favorite place.  After two nights at the dock, we anchored last night in the bay. 

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Approaching
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Pod Resting
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Orcas in View
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Large Male