Spider Anchorage to Cultus Sound
We woke up in Spider Anchorage - a pristine environment unlike
any I had seen before. I had to go for a Kayak and see more - never
mind that it was raining! The previous day (purple on the map) we paddled
west to see Breadner Point and hopefully the World War 2 gun implement (which
apparently was fired in anger). We were held up by the lack of suitable
landing location and me getting sick. I was determined to get a long
kayak in today. Mike agreed to go with me while Ruth (the on board naturalist)
took most of the guests to the Edna Islands to look at Tide pools.
We started the paddle at low tide
with lots of visibility. The whole Spider Anchorage area seems to be
made out of solid granite so there were lots of exposed walls which life
was clinging too. As we paddled up Spider Channel we would stop at
the rock walls to marvel at the life that was exposed by the load tide.
The giant green sea anemones are very vivid and attract your eye. The
star fish are everywhere, trying to squeeze themselves into the smallest
darkest wet cracks available.
The paddle was long but invigorating. We would see birds flying overhead
(good luck photographing them in a Kayak with 50mm lens in a waterproof bag
and a gentle sprinkling of rain. Beyond the wildlife, the geology of
this area really took my eye.
After a good long paddle we were back at the ship and looking for the Dingy.
The captain had gone fishing and everyone else was on shore on a declining
piece of beach. Mike called for the Dingy and we were soon enough back
on board the Curve Of Time.
By now it's got to be lunch time!
We pulled up anchor and set sail north to Cultus Sound. Cultus Sound
is about 2 hours north at 6 knots but the geography and wildlife is noticeably
different. We arrived in Cultus Sound in the early afternoon and surveyed
our new surroundings. We weren't the first people here! On the
beach (and this was one of the rare sandy beaches on our trip) there was
a massive double Kayak with the contents disgorged and a nice camp nestled
in the woods.
First we went for a hike (the first time I had walked on solid ground in
more than a day). Mike took us into the beach on the Zodiak and we
marveled at the cool formations the water had carved into the multi coloured
sand. On the eastern side of the beach we found (and then ignored until
Mike urged us on) a rough trail that goes over the point to the beach on
the other side.
Half way between the beaches we found a tree coved with Fungus. This
particular tree (a hemlock I think) sports two Artist's Fungus on the right
hand side and Angel's Wings on the right.
We broke through to the other side to see what we first thought was a
lagoon. This bay is stained brown from all the cedar run off.
We came back to the boat, had dinner and then went out for a very enjoyable
(but difficult to photograph) sunset Kayak.
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