Lucky or what?!
1. After missing our flight to Bella Bella on the 27th, we booked a float plane to take us to Calvert Island, where we would try to meet up with our friends the next day. We flew over the area twice before our pilot managed to find the needle in the haystack and we joined David and Evelyn on their boat.
2. We enjoyed the company of 9 other wonderful and interesting people.
3. The weather was perfect, and the smoke from the mainland forest fires didn't appear until the last night.
4. Wow! What great scenery!
July 28Susann and I, and Chica, caught an amphibian plane from Port Hardy to the Calvert Island area, south of Bella Bella.
We were allowed to have Chica with us, but she wasn't too thrilled!
We had a smooth, clear flight, with wonderful views.
It was an interesting landing!
The plane taking off after dropping us off.
Our good friends David and Evelyn met us,
and took us back to the Bastion City, our home base for the next nine days.
We started our near the Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy, which at 1,230 kilometres is the largest marine conservancy on the BC Coast. Our boat was moored in Pruth Bay, to the right of the yellow circle on the map below.
There were 11 of us on board, and then 12 when Milo arrived on August 4th, with five painters amongst us.
After lunch on the first day, Susann and I headed to shore, me on my paddle board with Chica, and Susann in a kayak, and hiked over to West Beach.
From there, Chica was my intrepid companion.
And we went to the lookout.
In the evening, several of us paddled and then walked over to Wolf Beach.
July 29The day started out with light rain, and the painters stayed on board in the morning. I kayaked over with Chica and we hiked to North Beach.
I like photographing plants festooned with rain drops.
And the snail liked the rain, too.
The sand was wet,
but Chica liked it regardless.
Piles of drift wood were framed by fireweed at the end of the beach.
Captain David caught many crab and boiled them, making for tasty appies!
The rain had let up in the afternoon, but some clouds hung around for the sunset.
Chica and I went hiking both days, and on the 31st I went with some of the painters as far as 6th Beach, and then Chica and I walked on to 10th Beach
Here Gaye and Poppy are scrambling over to 6th Beach
Sun Dew is a carnivorous plant, but alas no prey was trapped at this time.
7th Beach, the next little beach, was my favourite of all with a cliff chock-full of life--mussels, little crabs poking out, and other critters.
The trail became increasingly bushy, and we turned around after 10th Beach.
August 1 - to Goose Group
I rousted Chica out of bed early this day because we were departing at 7:30 for our next site.
And then we walked over to West Beach.
When we arrived back at the dock the boat was waiting for us.
It was a four-hour voyage to our next moorage at Goose Island, some of it rough, and my two girls weren't feeling well.
There was some sea-life along the way - orcas, sea otters, and of course gulls.
In the afternoon we all headed over to Gosling Island.
And a beautiful forest, too.
August 3 - to Dodwell Island
This was a short 1-hour voyage, and once again we spotted orcas.
Our moorage at Dodwell Island was in a picturesque little bay with marvelous reflections and sea life.
Susann boated to nearby Shell Beach, where some of the artists painted.