Day four: Campbell River to Kelsey Bay
Hah! That worked. Anyone who headed to Kelsey Bay today would have enjoyed watching transient Orcas pass by. They failed to escape my notice at the north end of Discovery Passage, although they were traveling so fast that they did escape my camera! In the lead were 5 adults, rising and blowing with a precision that would have put the synchronized swim team to shame. They were followed by two adults and a calf, with the calf nestled right against the side of one of the adults.
We also saw porpoise, briefly surfacing twice in Johnstone Strait; on both occasions, their dives were followed immediately by leaping sockeye, looking for all the world as if they were trying to swim through the air.
Our day got off to an interesting start when the chart plotter decided to pack it in at the dock at Campbell River. The same chart plotter that just came back from being tested at Siemens, because it's done this to us before, and was pronounced healthy. It's not as if you really need the device to get from Campbell River to Sointula — there's just not much chance of getting lost—but it is a comfort to have the depth soundings if you're going to explore any of the smaller channels, or if the weather comes up and you need to tuck in somewhere where you don't know what the bottom is like.
And the weather did 'come up' some, during this leg of the journey!
|Chatham Point Light Station|
|Viajador on Johnstone Strait|
We really like prawns, so we decided to try going a little further than Blind Channel, keeping a wary eye on the fog and hugging the south shore of Johnstone Strait for the protection afforded by the headlands, to see if conditions improved at all; and they did. And then they got worse, and better, and so on, until just as we entered Kelsey Bay, when the water came at us from every direction and everything that isn't nailed down on the boat learned to fly.
|Boats tucked in anywhere they could find still water along the Strait|