The trip up Malaspina Inlet was smooth and we turned into Desolation Sound
and anchored in beautiful Predeaux Haven.
Fog and mist obscured the mountains, but in the morning the sky was
clear and the mountains that ring the anchorage were glistening in snow
and rising to 4000 feet.
Warm today. We stayed at
anchor, enjoying the scenery and waiting for low tide in the afternoon to
go hunting and gathering. Sandra
protested vociferously that she would not eat those “slippery, slimy
things,” but we gathered oysters anyway.
As she continued to protest, I put them on the grill and took them
off when the heat popped them open. Maybe
it was the gin and tonic, but before long Sandra had changed her mind.
Another convert to “plump” Quilcene oysters.
Hot again today. We left the
anchorage and stopped at the store in Refuge Cove for water and a
hamburger. Then, timing for
high slack tide at 6:21 PM, we headed for the famous Yuculta Rapids.
Even a slack tide, it is quite a ride, with whirlpools and eddies
aplenty. Through the Yuks,
and the Dent Rapids, past the Devil’s Punchbowl, a particularly wicked
whirlpool, and finally the Green Point Rapids.
Dinner underway. A
yearling black bear and Mom on the beach in Welbore Channel and anchored
for the night in Forward Harbor.
An early departure, hoping to transit Johnstone Strait before the
afternoon westerlys. It was a
smooth trip and we tied to the dock in Telegraph Cove shortly after lunch.
We find that we have arrived a day ahead of “Springer,” the
lost juvenile Orca, and Telegraph is filled with media people, waiting for
her arrival tomorrow evening. We
renew acquaintances with old friends—Jim and Mary Bowerman, who run
whale-watching cruises as Stubbs Island Tours. Then visiting the
charming fishing village that is being rapidly transformed by condos,
apartments, guided kayak tours and charter fishing We saw a 150
pound halibut and several 20 to 30 pound salmon. Think we will go to
the pub as we have no cold beer.