Posted by: Ann | August 15, 2017

Progress so far…


Posted by: Ann | August 15, 2017

August 14th- Waiatt Bay to Heriot Bay

Early morning, middle passage Waiatt Bay

Early morning, middle passage Waiatt Bay

Today we saw a Humpback whale!
It continues sunny but cool in the mornings which is fine with us.
It seemed boats were leaving early to traverse the dreaded Surge Narrows. We explored the head of the bay in Anomaly before departing as scheduled around 9am. At the middle exit I saw over a dozen small brownish-black duck-like birds with 2 white marks on the head and white wing-tips. The only ID that comes close is juvenile white-winged scooters. There were also 5 seals that must have been waiting for a rock to dry-out because two had both their heads and all their flippers up out of the water.

We traversed the Surge Narrows between Stuart Island and Peck Island continuing on via the Beasley Passage. As usual, captain Jon timed our passage through the narrows so well that you wouldn’t even know that this section of water can run up to 10 kts. I teased Jon that he should wait longer or begin a bit earlier to make it more exiting.

We turned to starboard and entered the Hoskin Channel. Jon had cell service so was able to call a reserve a spot at the reportedly busy Heriot Bay Inn marina. That allowed us to take our time, so we put up the sail and drifted along for awhile. A passing boat came by for a close-up look and later told us they couldn’t believe we were moving so well without the engine on! I haven’t been mentioning in this blog the constant stream of questions and comments Jon receives on Anomaly, but rest assured they continue.

The wind finally died, but just after we gave in to motoring, we killed the engine again for thar be a whale! Jon noticed the two tell-tale boats motionless in the water as we entered the Sutil Channel. We tried to follow the humpback whale, but he quickly outran us in the light winds. We gave up and continued into the marina where the dockhand put us on the outside finger next to the Cortes Island ferry.

We are finding Heriot Bay to be quite a hub of activity with many coming and going and good food in the restaurant and pub. We are also thankful to find a good grocery and coffee shop with good WIFI within walking distance.

34th Wedding Anniversary.
We only had to motor an hour to travel the narrow entrance to the Octopus Islands and anchor in Waiatt Bay. The rain cleared out but we continued to be buffeted by strong wind gusts.
Fortunately it was calm enough to motor the dinghy over the the Octopus Islands. I rowed most of the way along the shoreline there. The wildlife was a bit disappointing, but we did see a smaller mammal that was probably a weasel/mink. Total sightings are below.
We drank our last bottle of wine and I baked instant chocolate chip cookies to follow our BBQ steaks to celebrate our anniversary.
X crows
X gulls
1 raven
1 mink/weasel/water rat?
1 Gr Blue Heron
2 Belted Kingfishers
3 Pigeon Guillemot (white wing patches, and red feet seen on takeoff)
3 Oystercatchers
1 seal
1 turkey vulture
Heard only: squirrel, loon, pileated woodpecker, bald eagle
Golden Retriever on Grand Banks Timeless
Odd Trimaran Riki Tiki Tavi from Sacramento

Posted by: Ann | August 15, 2017

August 12th, Blind Channel to Owen Bay

Owen Bay

Odd rock-lined yard (druids?) in Owen Bay

The weather continues cooler and fresh. We had a few sprinkles last night and the real rain began around 5:30 this evening. We departed Blind Channel this morning at 8:20 am traversing the rapids just outside the marina without incident.
We entered an unusually calm Johnstone strait heading SE along East Thurlow Island. Just before 10am, we passed Chatham Point and entered Discovery Passage. We headed for Oskollo Channel but we needed to stop for awhile to wait for the Lower rapids…so we anchored off Granite Point behind Metcalf Island for a few hours. There were two bald eagles in a nearby tree for quite a while. There were also Belted Kingfishers and we had two brief glimpses either a river otter or mink. Jon thinks otter, but it didn’t swim so I think mink.
As we weighed anchor to continue, the motor yacht Cape Diem (Sidney) hailed us to ask if it was too early for the Hole in the Wall / Upper rapids. We both traversed Lower Rapids through Barnes Bay behind Okis Island. The Carpe Diem continued on while we turned off to anchor in Owen Bay near Sonora Island around 2:45
It rained all night but thankfully stopped just before we had to continue on the next day.

Chatham Point

Chatham Point

Posted by: Ann | August 14, 2017

August 10-11, Blind Channel

We had a pleasant time during our two night stay at Blind Channel.  We were pretty wiped out the first day having departed Toba Wilderness Lodge at 4am to traverse the Yaculta, Gillard and Dent rapids on the turn to ebb (going with us).  We passed a huge fishing resort near Gillard that I keep meaning to look up.

We continued up Cordero Channel passing Cordero Lodge  on the way.  Kyle at Toba told us that it had been robbed and cut loose, but it looked much the same except for one float houses now on the beach. The “medicinal pot farm” was still intact.  I will never forget the two ailing men and their incredible flock of rufous humming birds.

Upon our early arrival at Blind Channel, the friendly and capable Natasha guided us into the very narrow marina.  She had both breast lines in her hands before I could scramble down to help.  We walked along the beach and lawns until the cafe opened at noon.  We ended up eating lunch there both days- Jon the burger and I the daily quesadilla.  Also a surprisingly refreshing drink they called Summer Flower which was made of Pimms, elderflower cordial and lemonade.

Dinner in the spacious dining room was the yummy Blind Channel Schnitzel (but we still give first honors to Swiss Bistro in Sidney).  Dessert was a hi-lite- a very dense German chocolate flourless torte and a chocolate mint creme brûlée.  I’m going to have to try to duplicate that one at home.

The second day we hiked the Forest Management trails Big Cedar and Viewpoint.  I enjoyed the wildlife including a noisy squirrel, banana slugs and a new bird for me, the winter wren. I also chatted with a fledgling song sparrow and there was a small yellow breasted bird that I was unable to ID.  It didn’t respond to any of the obvious warbler songs.

We received special service at the lunch cafe:  when I asked if there were any  of the chocolate mint creme brûlée left over, the young chef made us a fresh one on the spot.


I was glad to get a few loads of laundry done in the busy laundry cottage; the resort seemed to be having power problems.  We had dinner aboard since this stay was probably our most expensive stop, especially after I had to buy a windbreaker on sale that fits me perfectly.

Posted by: yachtanomaly | August 14, 2017

Arrived Heriot Bay

about 90 minutes ago.

Posted by: yachtanomaly | August 14, 2017

Happy 34th Anniversary to us!

August 13, 2017 in Waiatt Bay, Octopus Islands Marine Park, British Columbia

Posted by: yachtanomaly | August 12, 2017


Another one for the Laundry Around the World series

Posted by: yachtanomaly | August 10, 2017

Arrived Blind Channel

Posted by: Ann | August 9, 2017

August 9th, Atwood Bay to Toba Wilderness Lodge

Today we made the short trip to this very interesting location It is a beautiful set of docks run by Kyle and Andrea Hunter with Ryan from Newfoundland helping out. Toba inlet is a deep fjord on the BC mainland 45 km northeast of Campbell River.
The water here is cobalt turquoise from the ice melt that floats above the saltwater. Kyle and Ryan were at the ready to ease us into our spot; oddly all the visitors seems to arrive at once.
The docks are clean and there are 5 km of hiking trails to explore. We visited the waterfall up a very steep trail with ropes to help you clamber up the last bit. It supplies the abundant fresh water. Andrea was scattering foxglove seed from this seasons dried blooms as we walked by.
After our hike, Kyle showed us his "hydro-electric plant" that he built to provide power. It's really impressive seeing all the structures and infrastructure he's built, keeping in mind that he has to move it all around the land himself. The barges deliver heavy goods, but they just drop everything on the shore. He's really done a terrific job of creating a little bit of paradise in the wilderness.

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