Fury CoveSaturday May 19, 2012 Port McNeill to Fury Cove
At 5:00 AM the lights on both boats were on and coffee was perking. We looked at charts and Dick said he would follow us and off we went into the sunrise. At 10 :40 AM we were rounding Cape Caution in Queen Charlotte Sound and of the usual death grip on the wheel, wondering what it's like to die and istening to the moaning behind me, the Little Liza is on autopilot, the gentle wind is at our backs, BJ's reading some ancient and forgotton lore, and I'm scribbling my thoughts in a journal. I've heard QC Sound refered to as the Queen's Pond and today the description is apt. Sea Nile is within radio range and at Egg Island I made my a course change into Fitz Hugh Sound and the sanctuary of Fury Cove. I got a kayak down and paddled into some coves and onto a white midden beach. This ample cove is completely enclosed and at high tide one can look out over the shell beaches into Fitz Hugh Sound to check the weather. Native peoples must have used this cove as a summer clamming ground for
uncounted ages to build the mounds of shells that surround us.
We had Dick and Kirs from Sea Nile
over for Happy Hour and a visit. They will spend 5 months up the Inside Passage and they are in no hurry to go up and in less of a hurry to get back. They will spend another day here and we will go on.
I came across something that seems thematic for this trip. The Lord does whatever is pleasing to Him, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and in all waters. He makes the clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning come with the rain. He brings the wind out from where He stores His riches.
-Psalms 135 Sunday May 20, 2012 Fury Cove to Oliver Cove
This morning light gray skies mid gray waters are banded by deep gray mountains. Ah, but it's the shades and subtlties of gray!
We passed hours in Fitz Hugh Sound without changing course, and finally turned into narrower channels passing Bella Bella where we got enough Telus phone service to make a couple of calls and then we turned into
Midden Beaches in Fury cove
Seaforth Channel which is new country for the LIttle Liza. These channels like Lama Passage and Seaforth Channel carry all the large traffic along the Inside Passage and it amazes me how they can navigate between bouys and islets. I think we will see a lot more big ships in small channels as we go farther north.
We turned out of Seaforth into a rock strewn entrance to Reid Passage, a beautiful, long, straight, tree-lined pathway leading into Fjiordland. We anchored in Oliver Cove just off the path and a tiny current backs us up close to a steep rocky shore. Shades of gray morph into subtle greens, browns and caramel seaweed at low tide.
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