Tuesday May 22, 2012 Windy Bay to Bishop Bay Hot Springs The clouds lift and patches of sunlight show here and there as we travel down passages, through narrows, reaches and Channels. For many hours there is not a boat to be seen and we grumble a little when see any boat that disturbs the solitude. We turned into Butedale to see the ruins of an old cannery. Many of the large warehouses have collapsed and only one house had smoke rising from it and a light was on. What we marvelled at was the large waterfalls coming from Butedale Lake above us. We read that one old guy lives there and works to preserve what he can of this bygone place.
A nice flood tide has carried us along for most of the morning and the crystal highway is glassy. We turned off Princess Royal Channel into Ursula Channel and then into Bishop Bay to take the waters as it were. These hot springs are part of a Provincial Park and so are nicely maintained. We tied to a buoy nearby and dinghied over to the small dock, climbed the wooden stairs to a set of concrete and rock
tubs covered but still open to the vistas of water and mountains. Names and boat plaques festoon the rafters. Warm, but not scalding waters relaxed us. As usual we were the first ones here and only later did a few other boats come in for the evening.