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Yawning through the Yucaltas.
05/17/2013, Big Bay, Stuart Island

Okay - it wasn't exactly a yawn as we were both quiet and focused appraoching the Yucalta Rapids - I haven't done this before and I had a knot in my belly, but we had done our homework and ensured we'd be there at slack tide, which means the current is still for a few minutes and we can move from one point to another without encountering rapids at their worst!
As we went along we said happy birthday to Gren and happy last Pharmacy final to Christopher...
We arrived in pouring rain - my fist time to dock decked out in all my rain gear that really does work!! We walked to Eagle Lake in the rain and tried to find a laundromat or a pub but both to no avail... our laundry hamper is filling up rapidly.
The highlight of Stuart Island was reconnecting with our friend Blake. We met him in Mexico where he played a significant role on "Nev's Day" and kept us in stitches of laughter on those windy days in Puerto Escondido with silly games and sailboat races. It was fabulous catching up with him and seeing him happy with his Patti.
Boerewors and Buzz's mac 'n cheese were on the menu - perfect for a cold, wet night between friends.

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05/17/2013 | Heather look awesome in yellow
Unhuggable Teakerne Arm.
05/17/2013, Teakerne Arm, Desolation Sound

Our morning round of traps yielded 12 prawns that I flash froze, and 3 crab traps filled with the biggest starfish I've ever seen!
Before leaving Grace Harbor we went slip-sliding our way along a trail to the nearby lake and saw two garter snakes, some fat slugs and a small frog as well as numerous fallen trees covered in moss... according to the book I've just finished reading, "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, moss represents maternal love... so close to Mother's Day it felt significant!
Teakerne Arm proved a challenge to us - the winds were blowing hard, the seas were choppy, the waterfall was beautiful but we weren't comfortable with our anchorage... eventually upped anchor and moved to a more protected,less dramatic cove and loved it!
The prawn traps were set before we went to bed - we're on a mission!

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05/17/2013 | Heather
i loved that book :)

I hope you took pics of the starfish...
Happy Mother's Day!
05/16/2013, Grace Harbor, Desolation Sound

To all the mom's out there whom I know and love... happy belated Mother's Day :)
Most especially to my own mum who I owe my life and deepest thanks to for the love she has always so selflessly lavished on my sister and I, no matter what. I love you Mum!
Thanks for the calls precious children x eight of mine, and for the extra calls and texts from my sis, Mike, Donna, Gayle and Linda... it sure helped to fill the miles between us.
Trev and Star gave me their bottle of BLUE's red (the last I know of in existence!) when we left after Dax's birthday, with instructions to drink it whenever I thought the moment was right, and this was it!
We barbecued pork ribs and drank our wine and thanked God for all we love and call our own family and friends xx

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05/17/2013 | Heather
smiles..glad you had a good day!! Miss you xx
05/17/2013 | Tom
Well it sounds like a great adventure. Glad you have really good friends along the way.
Amazing Grace.
05/11/2013, Grace Harbor, Desolation Sound

We woke up this morning to light rain and 5 prawns in our three traps - not enough for a meal yet, but they're accumulating in the freezer.
We passed by Neville Island, a rocky outcrop, at 2:30 this afternoon in the pouring rain before dropping anchor in gorgeous Grace Harbor. We are amazed that we have internet reception... we feel so far away from the rest of the world.
The traps are down for tonight, 2 prawn traps and 2 crab traps... I think that's why we're not sleeping so well lately: cant wait to see what's in our traps in the morning!!

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05/12/2013 | Heather
I have linked your blog to dont be surprised if strangers start dropping in :)
05/12/2013 | Heather
oops here is the link to Muze
A whole lot of firsts!
05/11/2013, Walsh Cove, Desolation Sound

Had a whole lot of "firsts" today:
- Entered Desolation Sound around 10:30am
- Saw my first waterfall tumbling from thousands of feet into the ocean at my feet
- Saw my first bald eagle as he sat on a tree nearby giving BLUE a once over
- Got my first mozzie bite under my chin
- Harvested my first bucket of oysters
- Set two prawn traps at 300 feet
- Cooked and ate my first bbq'd oyster after reading all my recipe books, and we
survived the night.
What an incredible day! Nev is loving introducing me to this world that he loves so much, and I'm loving it... it's not as cold as I had thought it would be!

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05/17/2013 | Larry Hofstad
We're sitting here in Petersburg, can't wait to see you, it has been so long. We should be here most of the summer. Give me a call the # is (907)518-1436.
The seagulls entangled!
05/11/2013, Miltenatch Isalnd, Straits of Georgia

Our friend Blake recommended this stop... he knows our "seagulls entangled" story and thought we would enjoy it here. We did. We absolutey loved this tiny island known for little rainfall and cacti, both rareaties in this part of the world.
It is a bird sanctuary for Glaucous-winged gulls amongst other birds, and we sat and watched the seagulls entangle all around us with huge grins on our faces!! Neither one of us had ever seen it happen before. The trails wound through thick grass and bush and opened to tremendous views of the ocean, wild flowers and thousands of gulls calling at the tops of their voices as we threatened their boundaries without meaning to.
The sunset was stunning at 8:45pm and Nev and I are adjusting to going to bed so much later than we ever used to! Cocktail hour begins at 7pm up here!

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05/12/2013 | Barbara G
How cool that we still have a connection with you all the way up there! The fishing sounds great, and I'm sorry that I can't be there to! Keep in touch and continue sharing the pictures.

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Set to depart Channel Islands November 8th, 2009 We plan to head down Baja taking our time fishing and exploring ,we hope to spend a few months in the Sea of Cortez before heading down to Panama . From there to the Galapagos Islands and our Pacific Ocean crossing in February of 2011 to the Marquesas and from there who knows with our final destination Cape Town South Africa
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