Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Nichols Bay, southeast tip of Prince of Wales Island. August 1, 2011.

07 August 2011 | posted in Ketchikan
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: A raft of sea otters at the entrance to Nichols Bay.

Islands protect the entrance to this long narrow bay, giving several options for anchoring. We first anchored in a small cove between two islands about half-way into the bay. It was the sort of anchorage boaters use in places such as Desolation Sound: tight and protected. But I’ve become so used to the big coves in Alaska that the little cove seemed almost too confining.

A narrow little passage led between two islands. I pumped up my kayak and paddled through it, skirting past some rocks and skimming along the shore, then paddling around one of the islands. But when I got back to Osprey, Steve announced we had to leave. We were anchored over a rock and the tide was dropping fast. The rock wasn’t on the chart which showed only one sounding, 3 fathoms, for the little cove. I quickly hauled my kayak on deck and we motored around to a larger anchorage in a bight around the corner. It was a relief to be able to see a greater distance but I was glad I got the chance to paddle around the island.

We shared the anchorage with three salmon trollers that night.

Nichols Bay turned out to not only be a good place to wait for a morning crossing of Dixon Entrance but also a good place to wile away a few hours on a summer afternoon.
Comments
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
About:
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
Extra:
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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