JUNE 12 - JUNE 20, 2022: DESOLATION SOUND – CAMPBELL RIVER – CHARLES BAY – PORT NEVILLE BC
On to Malasplina Inlet which was a lovely anchorage near Parker Habour (with a ‘u’ wince we are in Canada you know) and then the amazing scenery of Desolation Sound. The fishing was great and the sun actually came out. Could have spent a lot more time here but so many places to explore. Another ‘business stop’ in Campbell River.
There is no Jiffy Lube for boats so we change our own oil, filters, and other engine maintenance and only one of us fits in the engine compartment. Bummer for Cassie. If you’ve heard of the ‘Race to Alaska’ which is an annual boat race for self-powered boats to get from Port Townsend WA to Ketchikan AK – it was happening as we were transiting this area and I have to say we were grateful to have an engine after watching a couple boats struggle with finicky or no winds and strong currents to make it north.
We timed the tricky Seymour Narrows well and managed Johnstone Strait with some bigger swells. OK, really big swells. There was some hobby horsing and that’s sure not a ride outside the grocery store. 20+ knots of wind and chop. On a positive note, bald eagles are an everyday sighting and the challenging passages of rapids from Charles Bay to Port Neville we timed well with no problems.