Category Archive for: ‘Trips’

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Searching for starfish

JULY 9, 2016 |  Internet at last. We are definitely in a remote place, in the Broken Group Islands on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. A hummingbird within arm’s reach, attracted to our red flag. After leaving Sidney, we settled in Todd inlet near Buchart, and walked to the Butterfly Garden, a delightful tropical escape. Then out to Sidney …

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Sitting it out in Sidney

JUNE 27, 2016  |  We’re aiming for Barkley Sound this trip, on the west coast of  Vancouver Island. An ambitious goal, that requires a stretch of calm weather as we head out the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Although the weather is perfect where we are, the forecast is for strong winds, so we are spending some extra time around …

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The home stretch

JULY 27, 2015 | Our spur of the moment decision to head for Hornsby worked out well, although it was quite windy when we arrived. As we rounded St. James Point we were greeted by two orcas splashing in the reefs. We spent two nights here so we could have time to do the splendid hike out to Helliwell along …

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7.16.15 Gorge Harbor

Heading South

JULY 17, 2015 | Entering Gorge Harbor The rainy weather lasted for most of our stay in Von Donop, but that didn’t stop us from hiking to Squirrel Cove. Sopping wet after that, we decided to wash clothes, which meant we had wet clothes hanging all over the boat. Compounded by hot showers. Better weather the next day as we …

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7.9.16 Entering Desolation Sound

Rain at last

JULY 11, 2015 | We woke up to rain today and couldn’t be happier! The smoke from the fires had thinned but left a haze, and it has been hot. After the Cochranes, we were aiming for the Susan Islets, but on impulse squeaked thru the entrance to Theodosia Inlet, a large expanse, unoccupied except by a tug wrangling a …

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7.7.15 Cochrane Islands In The Smoke

Smokey Desolation

JULY 6, 2015  |  We bypassed much of the rough part of Malaspina Strait by detouring up Agememnon Channel to a new spot for us, the Harmony Islands. Had to stern tie in the passage with a current flowing past. Got out the kayak for a loop around the islands, and saw starfish and oystercatchers. Still windy and hot. Conditions …

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Across two straits

JULY 2  2015  |  Escaping Seattle just in time for the hot weather this year, we’re off on a month long cruise to Desolation Sound.  For once the weather looked good enough to head across the Strait of Juan de Fuca instead of going thru Deception Pass. We made good time and decided to go thru Port Townsend Channel. Anchorage is …

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6.30.14 Lowrie Beach

Photos from Vancouver Island

Watch a slideshow of our two-month circumnavigation of Vancouver Island Click on the “i” for captions

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Karen and Michael in Barkley Sound

Barkley Sound, then back to Seattle

AUGUST 8  |  Tofino turned out to be too hectic to visit, so we pressed on to Ucluelet that day, making the open water passage in good weather, with some fog. This is the beginning of Barkley Sound, and we knew that we’d encounter more activity from here on. Entering the busy harbor was challenging — we weren’t used to …

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Boats docked at Zeballos, Nootka Sound

Kyuquot, Nootka and Clayoquot Sounds

July 30, 2014 | We spent about a week exploring Kyuquot Sound. The consistently blue skies showed off its intensely turquoise but slightly opaque water — every inch of it is robin’s egg blue. In the first anchorage, Dixie Cove, the water was 70 degrees, so we jumped in. Michael promptly jumped back out and put on a wetsuit. Hiked …

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