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Blackfish Archipelago

27 May 2018 | MB
We finished our dreaded Johnstone Strait journey with current in our direction and about 10 knots of wind behind us. About as good as it gets for this body of water. We’re in the Broughtons now, anchored in Pott’s Lagoon which, in addition to being a nice anchorage, has a reputation for fine crabbing. So we dropped a pot when we got here and will pick it up tomorrow. Luckily we have plenty of food in the freezer. Since the tide was high, we rowed into the inner lagoon — it has a drying entrance at low tide. At one time it must have been a place with pristine beauty, but now both sides have been clear cut except for about 50 feet next to the water, a row two or three trees deep. It does very little to hide the view of the denuded hillsides beyond. So much for progress.

28 May 2018 | MB
Some readers may think we are “roughing it” on our boat here in the Broughton Archipelago. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have a complete home with all the usual amenities— it just happens to move over the water. And we eat just like home too. Today, for example, started with Karen’s fresh baked pear muffins with melon and raspberries and pear yogurt. Lunch was chicken and kale salad. We just finished dinner of pasta with asparagus in a balsamic vinegar sauce. And shortly we’ll have chocolate brownies and peppermint tea. La dolce vita. We are anchored in the Crease Islands, no one around for miles, but we are self sufficient.

Great fun exploring the islets near Crease Cove anchorage

Great fun exploring the islets near Crease Cove anchorage

29 May 2018 | MB
We decided to go to Port McNeill today, our last port of call with a real supermarket for quite some time. The wind has been picking up all day, from 15 to 20 knots as we crossed Blackfish Sound, to close to 30 knots in the marina in the late afternoon. Sometimes it’s good to be tied to a dock. The marina has a nice feature — their fuel hoses are long enough to reach all the way down the dock so we could load up on diesel without leaving the slip. In addition to grocery shopping and laundry, we took the opportunity to do some deferred boat work as well as washing our now salty boat. It’s still blustery at the marina, so we went out for Chinese food at one of the three restaurants in town. We are looking forward to a calm day tomorrow.

30 May 2018 | MB
We got ourselves in a bit of a pickle today. After anchoring in the beautiful Pearce Islands, we went exploring in the dinghy. But we didn’t realize the strength of the current carrying us along, and the fact that it was getting much stronger, so when we went to row back to our anchored boat we couldn’t do it. There was at least 4 knots of current against us at that point. Karen had visions of spending the night on a lonely beach but we heard footsteps in the bushes, so we jumped back in the dinghy and edged our way upstream to a nice place to hang out and waited. It seemed forever, but in reality it was about 2 hours. By then the current was dropping so we ventured out and in the end made it back to the boat in time for dinner. So the day didn’t quite follow our plan for it but was all the more memorable for that.

More current than we realized. We’re smarter now!

More current than we realized. We’re smarter now!

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