We decided , on August 7th, to head out early, the weather was calm, and we headed towards Alexander Inlet, it felt at this point we just wanted to get going, to get South. It ended up being a looooong day, all the way through Princess Royal channel into Tolmie channel, a 12 hour travel day, dont like those a whole lot but sometimes it makes sense.    We saw and heard Red Throated loons, and Sandhill cranes , i love this place even though its a long ways into the anchorage.  Six miles in, but the inlet is lined with steep cliffs ,Bingham Narrows are a few miles in, and you really need to have the tide with you, not against.  Which we had to deal with the next morning….     The feeling here though is other worldly, it even smells different, earthy, everything is so green, so lush.  LVN.Kechikan Dundas Island PR Expl. boat cannery Port Edward Kumealon Inlet Hartley bay 209 Continue reading

Kumealon Inlet.

This is truly a lovely anchorage, it has little islets and tree covered islands all throughout the anchorage, and the inner basin, where we headed , offered great protection.  We went to the very back, no other boats around, and anchored in 8 meters of water.  That evening, i saw the moon, i had not seen it for 3 months!!       The shore has beautiful rock formations in some very interesting colors, a lot of them were lime and sand stone, i noticed that the trees growing out of this rock had a much lighter green color then the trees in the rest of the inlet.   Interesting……      At 4.30 am, i was awake, i heard the cry of a cougar, twice, what an incredible sound that is, i have heard the cry before and it really makes all the little hairs in your neck stand up straight!!!  The sun sparkled on the water early in the morning , what a lovely place this is.    We talked about the accident that morning, i think it was a good thing for Bert to let it out, his thoughts, his fears, and talking about it , is the best thing for him to do.    At this point we still felt we were not coming back here any more, wondered if we could keep going, the responsibility of running this boat, keeping it all working well, staying safe, weighed heavy……

On Aug.5, Saturday, We headed to Coghlan Anchorage, at Hartley Bay, we know the bottom there, and its safe, plus the weather was suppose to change.    We had a problem in the aft cabin, i noticed the carpet was wet, just a bit, but this needed to be checked out.    So Bert worked on that while we were there, as Sunday it blew like hell, so might as well fix something.       It ended up coming from under the bed, which is built on top of the steering system, we figured something moved while we had the accident, not sure, but then it also could be condensation from the last few winters, but, there is insulation under there…..  anyway, it has never leaked again!!!   So we bounced around that day, big waves coming into the anchorage, all the other boats had left, it was just us!!!    It blew at 25 knots, and it is shallow there, so the waves were a total pain!!!       I was glad we were done with Grenville Channel!!!     LVN.Kechikan  Dundas Island  PR  Expl. boat  cannery Port Edward  Kumealon Inlet   Hartley bay 191.JPG Continue reading

Happy CANADA day!!!

This is July 1st, 2018, and its most important to me to tell you this!!     Just in case any of you haven’t noticed yet, we live in an incredible country!!    I live here now for 50 years, and have never regretted one day of moving here!      I am a proud Canadian!!!

 

So, on August 4th , at 6.30 am, we left Prince Rupert, in a very, very foggy harbor, i definitely had second AND third thoughts of moving on, we really couldn’t see a thing, i positioned myself at the bow, with my trusted  brass fog horn, and blew away every 3 minutes, actually shorter time then that, i truly could not see a thing out there.   We were headed for Kumealon inlet, in Grenville Channel. LVN.Kechikan Dundas Island PR Expl. boat cannery Port Edward Kumealon Inlet Hartley bay 181 Continue reading