An easy day today. Hung around the waterfall as long as we could. Scott took a dive off the boat. I met him at the waterfall and we both did a little bathing. Dad and I went for another walk with the elderly dogs who took on the personas of youthful mountain goats as we climbed up to the lake. Lazed around for a bit and then headed off to Squirrel Cove. Gorgeous sunny and hot again. Pizza party tonight.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Woke up hot! Blue sky sunny morning. Joined Dad and the dogs for their morning stroll on the beach. Headed over to town in Nugget for some groceries, ice and fuel. Returned to Nordri and reluctantly pulled anchor at this lovely spot. Motored out into glassy waters and caught up to Nugget. Was fun to run side by side down the channel between Cortez Island and Redonda.
Made our way into Teakerne Arm and were delighted to see the spot under the waterfall that you see in all the guide books vacant! Struggled to set two anchors off the bow of Nordri and got a stern tie onto big cleats dug into the rocks behind us (couldn’t help notice a few cut lines dangling from previous stays coming to an abrupt end…?). Got Nugget snugged in next to us and enjoyed dinner and a bottle of prosecco by the waterfall. Went for a little after dinner explore up to the lake that feeds the falls. Came back for some dessert and trip planning for the next few days.
Today we meet up with Kim’s parent’s on their sailboat, Nugget!
Picked up anchor at Thurston and putted out around the corner to find a line of fishing boats. We slowed down and dropped rods, but didn’t stay long. Fish weren’t biting from the banter on the VHF and we needed to get around the corner and positioned to get through the first of 3 rapids we had to make it through. Just as we came back up to speed two orange zodiacs zoomed passed us – a southern indicator of whales in the vicinity. Slowed down a bit to check out the big bull that was hopefully having some better luck fishing.
We arrived at Dent Rapids just a few minutes early which put us in perfect timing to ride Gillard and Yuculta rapids. Had a nice little push behind us to get us to Whiterock Passage where we paused in silence as we looked at the protruding rocks, narrow opening and markers that need to be aligned both in front and behind as you go through! With a little confidence building from a local passing by in a skiff we headed through with depth of 7 ft.
Cleared that and we were in the home stretch to Rebecca Spit where we found Kim’s parents enjoying a picnic lunch with the dogs on the beach in the sun. We all met back at the boat and rafted up, did a bit of catching up and then all hopped into Sturdi, dogs and all, for dinner and sunset at the Harriot Bay Inn.
Rocks at Whiterock Narrows.