Namu to Spider Anchorage
It's 8:30 am in Namu and your boat leaves in an hour - what
do you do? Go for a swim! We passed the old hotel, passed the
school, passed the four houses that made up snob hill (and could make a nice
bed and breakfast) and down the boardwalk to the lake. There used to
be a side path to a sandy beach but it's now overgrown. At the end
of the path is a pump house where water is lifted to provide water for the
We took off our weather protection
and jumped into the lake. We swam to the sandy beach (perhaps 250 meters)
and got out. By the time we got out, we were used to the water temperature
and the air was cooler than the water! Back in the water we swam back,
put on our rain gear and walked back to the boat. A short warm shower
later and we were under way to Spider Anchorage.
Spider Anchorage is in the Hakai
- a largest marine park in BC. The trip across Fitz
Hugh Sound was uneventfull. Getting into Nalau passage we saw how easily
someone could get lost. Jan told a story of once taking the wrong turn
inthe passages and driving a boat just feet over rocks he didn't know where
there. Once we got past Stirling Island we were exposed to the open
pacific and the swells that went with it. I started feeling uneasy
and went below to get some sleep.
Waking up in Spider
Anchorage was like waking up on another planet! The broken brown covered
rocks at the ocean edge have been replaced by bright white cliffs that are
sculpted into unending organic shapes. The water in some places has
been stained brown by cedar tanin. The trees have look like they have
been shaped by massive pacific storms.
What a great place
for Kayak! We put the boats in the water and started Kayaking out of
Fulton Passage towards Breadner Point on Spider Island. We were facing
pretty much open Pacific at this point so we were exposed to the ocean swells.
I got sick so reluctantly Ruth and I returned to the boat.
Coming back, we spent some time enjoying what was in the water - life!
A strong, rich current runs through the islands and the seaweeds have grown
up to ride it. We collected a few samples (Mike collected as well) -
we have a bat star (in orange) a feather star (yellow) an Abalone (big brown
mollusk) and a small geoduck.
Back at the Boat, Peter was busy fishing, but only caught small fish.
Mike went out for some salmon fishing and he (or rather the people on the
zodiak) caught two pinks.
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