We have cell service so let’s get caught up.
After sitting in Craig for a WEEK (sigh) we were finally able to shove off to make our way to Dixon Entrance. Craig was a great stop but a week was about 5 days more than we needed to be there.
First stop after leaving Craig, a one nighter in Hydaburg. This is a small Indian Village where we were able to tour a carving house.
An early morning departure from Hydaburg, we had hoped to make it to Nichols Bay but after poking our nose out in Dixon Entrance the crew voted to abort and return to Narrows Cove to spend the night. There was a slight swell from the west off Dixon Entrance but mostly we had a calm night.
We left early the next morning with, again, hopes of crossing Dixon Entrance but it was too rough for our liking. Instead of heading across we made our way up the coast eventually taking a break from the rough seas in Nichols Bay. After lunch and a brief nap the seas were slightly calmer so we set out for Judd Bay where we would spend the night and attempt to cross Dixon Entrance the following day.
Judd Harbor was a calm and welcome relief. Also in this bay were the folks from the SV Bannister that we met in Craig. They too were staging in Judd Harbor to cross Dixon Entrance.
No pics were taken in Narrows Cove, Nichols Bay, and Judd Harbor. These were VERY early starts to unpleasant days. Taking pics were not first on my mind.
Bannister left about 30 minutes before we did and reported back that they had calm seas. Finally we were crossing Dixon Entrance to Prince Rupert, BC.
PRINCE RUPERT. Once again with the weather determining our schedule we spent a week in Prince Rupert, BC. If you’re going to be stuck somewhere waiting out weather Prince Rupert is a pretty good place to be.
Seafest was going on when we arrived in Prince Rupert. One of the activities was a boat parade which we watched from our front row seat on Sweet T.
While in Prince Rupert we hooked up with new friends from Bannister for various activities such as Thai Food for lunch, a night at the movies (Wonder Woman), a most excellent dinner out, and one evening we even worked (really, we did) at a local Wheelhouse Brewery sticking roughly 1200 labels on bottles in a span of three hours. We were paid for our work in “free” beer
We made the most of Prince Rupert going through the museum, several trips to the local bakery, numerous trips to Safeway, the yarn store, and a couple trips to Walmart. (The second trip to Walmart was unplanned, but a certain crew member broke the zipper beyond repair on her soft crate with one too many escapes. She now has a brand new hard crate which she is NOT happy about.)
The best part of Prince Rupert was spending time with and getting to know new friends Hanna and Hendrik from Holland, SV Bannister. We so enjoyed spending time with them and thanks so much for sharing your movies!!!
Our original plan was to then cross Hecate Strait over to the Queen Charlotte Islands but after sitting out a week in Prince Rupert and with all the unsettled weather we keep having we decided to abort our plan to visit the Queen Charlotte Islands and start heading south taking our time to explore the Northern portion of BC. (head south to explore north – whahhh? If you look at a map it makes sense)
Our first stop when we finally left Prince Rupert was Kelp Bay which was just an overnight stop. We didn’t see tons of kelp but in the entrance there were roughly 50 bald eagles on shore watching us.
WATTS NARROWS AND BAKER INLET. Watts Narrows is the entrance to Baker Inlet which is a deep, but narrow, and beautiful entrance. And we mean very narrow; definitely have to wait for slack water to go through. But worth it. This made our top favorite anchorage list. It’s not a well kept secret so there were 4-5 other boats with us, which we’re still trying to get used to. In Alaska we got used to being the only boat in most of our anchorages.
EAST INLET IN KLEWNUGGIT. This inlet should be RE-named Jellyfish Inlet. Everywhere you looked – jellyfish. While not a spectacular anchorage Russell did catch a halibut and a rockfish, or as I like to think of it, dinner for two night!
LOWE INLET, VERNEY FALLS. On our way in we made a stop to drop our shrimp pot in.
We arrived early but the “spot” Russell had picked out was taken with two other boats. (I hate when that happens.) He surveyed another spot nearby but wasn’t especially comfortable with the depth so decided to explore near the shore on the opposite side of the bay. Nope…but he found a spot slightly off to the side of the falls he liked. We don’t normally anchor in front of falls but when you do anchor in front of falls the water coming from the falls creates kind of “current” which holds your bow into the falls so you don’t move…..in theory. That is unless you have a STRONG wind come through in which case it can (and did) turn us around. Our well set anchor held but we did do a 360° swing. When the wind laid we were back where we were supposed to be; bow into the falls.
We did enjoy our view of the falls.
On our way out we stopped to pick up our shrimp pot. We have been putting our pot out with minimal success so far, but we finally got a decent haul…decent enough for us anyway. Fresh shrimp and pasta for dinner!
HARTLEY BAY IN DOUGLAS CHANNEL. This is a small Indian Village with boardwalks running throughout the entire village. No vehicles, only ATV’s.
After we fill up with water tomorrow we’ll make our way up Douglas Channel, Devastation Channel (hoping it doesn’t live up to it’s name), Gardner Canal, Ursula Channel…eventually working our way to Shearwater, our next BIG town. But we have a lot of ground to cover before then (and several hot springs to soak in).. We’ve updated our page with our cruising plan with all of our “planned” stops.
All is well.