|Chris showing the path through the rock on the|
Inside Passage between Kyuquot Sound and Esperanza Inlet.
|Jah Mon in the rain in Hankin Cove. 360d of protection.|
It is very snug in here and we found one crab pot deployed so will think about putting our own out. On inspection of the other pot it was determined to be FULL of crab so ours was deployed at 18:00 hours. A light rain to no rain and cloud cover finished the day outside while we turned to the interior of the boat called The Cave.
|Some of the logs washed ashore at Rugged Point on the|
|Count Ferrari rowing over for a beer for fish exchange.|
|Entering 'Blue Lips Cove'. It doesn't look narrow in the photo|
but it FELT narrow, driving right down the center with lots
|Count Ferrari getting ashore in Dixie Cove. No mean feat.|
There is a LOT of underbrush and NO trails.
|Leaving inner Dixie Cove in Kyuquot Sound.|
|Note how the yellow line (our path) goes inside the rocks as you emerge from Kyuquot Sound.|
It is a bit daunting to go there but MUCH smoother than dealing with the rollers in the Pacific.
|Heading for Rugged Point (center left) in the AM.|
|It is hard to capture rocks and waves on a camera. Suffice to say|
it was good to leave this North Channel safely behind us!
|Queen Cove, north side of entrance to Esperanza Inlet.|
|This logging road in the middle of nowhere that went to the|
trees from the water, was the best hiking we had found so
far on the outside of Vancouver Island.
|The village was abandoned and rotting away.|
The anchor came up at 12:50 and we actually sailed for about 10 of the 15 miles downwind with the headsail at 5-6k! Very nice and serene. We tied up at 15:59 in Zeballos, where we heard there was good water for the boat.
|The excellent public wharf at Zeballos. Watch out for crows|
in the cabin!
|Walking the street in Zeballos.|
|Hotel dock with Jah Mon's mast sticking up.|
|The last slip was for us! This is the hotel dock.|
Not a lot of room for larger boats.
|Motoring south out of Tahsis.|
|One of the top 5 anchorages again. Total protection and|
gorgeous with lots of sea otters and bears. Bodega Bay.
|Bodega Bay is the bottom red dot. We are leaving Tahsis Inlet and going into Nootka Sound. This is one of|
the top 5 anchorages for the trip! The day's journey saw 4 bears and maybe 60 sea otters.
|You can see how shallow the water is with this larger photo. We were in our kayaks in less than 1' of water and got|
as close as we dared. There was a mother bear and a baby bear messing about on the shore. It was very cool.
June 8, 2010: Tuesday 9.6 nm Bodega Cove to Critter Cove,
|The entrance to Critter Cove with a rock at low tide at 6.5'|
|There is a large (30 room?) fish camp with a store but we could|
find no one around to even sell us a T-shirt.
June 9, 2010: 40.1 nm Critter Cove, Nootka Sound to Ramsey Hot Springs in
|Out of Nootka Sound and around Estevan Point. Yet another big deal! One messes with the Pacific Ocean on these|
little crossings. It doesn't look like much on this chart but it is a 8 hour deal if it is flat. It was foggy and windy for us.
CB getting a good hot massage from the falls.
|Chris enjoying the hot springs shower. Almost too hot!|
MUCH better to spend the night and go in after the day
trippers leave on the fast tour boats out of Tofino.
|Only one boat on the Park's dock for the night. Lots of room|
for the tour boats coming in during the day. The crowds leave
at 5:30 PM and no one else is there!
|There is 1.5 miles of this wood walkway. There are maybe|
200 boat names carved into the boards along the path.
|Count Ferrari looking at his newly carved handiwork.|
|One of the 3 pools for relaxing in the warm waters.|
|The lower pool that looks out to the Pacific Ocean.|
June 11, 2010 15.6 nm Hot Springs Cove to Bacchante Bay, at the very head of Shelter Inlet above Flores Island
|Bacchante Bay anchorage. No one around!|
|Crab Louie for a snack!|
|Matilda Bay. Don't go too deep as it shallows quickly.|
A good anchorage just south of Ahousat.
|Hot Spring Cove on the left to Bacchante Bay in the upper right to Matilda Bay near Ahousat on the bottom.|
We saw another yacht on the run toward Ahousat. A rare sight but soon to be more common as we near Tofino.
|Big wind as we go around Vargas Island. 30-40k! Good charts needed in these waters! Very shallow.|
|Looking down hill from Tofino at the wharfinger's office|
with Jah Mon's mast in behind it. Note the wind on the flag!
It seemed to blow all the time at 20+k Sometimes to 30!
There is plenty of natural beauty here in this town. Apparently there is surfing on the Pacific side and other outdoor activities like the boat run up to the Hot Springs for a day's outing. There are lots of young people around doing tourist support and swelling the population for the summer.