Sum It Up Sunday the Inside Passage
Sum It Up Sunday: Going Nowhere FastSunday, June 01, 2014S.V. CAMBRIA
|Cambria at anchor in Hardy Island Marine Park.|
This past week has brought us from
, along the Pender Harbour , to Sally’s favourite anchorage – Sunshine Coast near Desolation Sound. It’s
only 60 nautical miles on paper, but it feels like we’ve travelled much
farther. Sally’s been struggling a bit
and that always makes for longer, harder days.
But we slowed things down and made a few adjustments to her schedule
which seems to have helped and we feel comfortable about moving again. Rebecca Spit Marine Park
The main goal we have while cruising the
Pacific Northwest is to see as much of the area as we can, and that means
visiting new anchorages whenever possible.
Last week, it was (sometimes called Hardy Island Marine Park ) near the mouth of Jervis Inlet. We’ve always given it a pass in favour of
nearby Musket Island Marine Park because it looks somewhat exposed on paper, but we found it
to be good anchorage despite its rocky bottom. The granite quarry on Ballet Bay , surprisingly, adds a dramatic backdrop to this already
picturesque anchorage. And with only one
other boat anchored in a back bay, it was our first taste of solitude since
last year – we’ll definitely be back. Hardy Island
From there, we moved directly up to Rebecca Spit where we’ve been floating around most of the week waiting for a reasonably timed morning slack tide to transit the first set of rapids that separate us from the
. The days haven’t
been difficult to fill, come rain or shine, and we’re settling back into life
at anchor easily . . . a little too easily.
In fact, we’re getting lazy.
David prefers to think of it as unwinding, but trust me when I say it’s
pure sloth. Discovery Islands
The weather, for the most part, has been settled, especially for this time of year, and the predictions for a hot summer seem to be right on track. The days have been warm and we’ve already seen several 75+ degree afternoons, which has only increased our self-imposed stupor.
But all good things must come to an end, and it’s time to shake it off and start moving again. So, early tomorrow morning, we’ll make our way up through Beazley Passage (Surge Narrows) to the Octopus Islands Marine Park where we’ll spend a couple of days kayaking and hiking before transiting the second set of rapids and moving on to Shoal Bay.
Sooner or later, we’ll get to where going for this season, though neither one of us knows exactly where that may be.