13 September 2008 | Walter's Cove, Kyuquot, West Coast Vancouver Island
Photo: Floating espresso stand in Walter's Cove
Battle Bay to Walter's Cove (50 01.3N, 127 22.0W)
We motor in a light southeasterly to Walter's Cove. We plan to just make a quick stop at the general store, but soon get caught up in talking to the friendly residents of the village. The talk of the village is the "drive-through" (sail through?) espresso stand, Java the Hutt; it actually made the front page of a Victoria newspaper. We have to see it, of course, and walk through the village to the Kyuquot Inn whose dock it's on. At the stand a young girl with bright pink hair serves pastries and operates an espresso machine. Business has been good, she tells us, but it's slow today because the weather is warm. But the business isn't the point, she tells us. The Inn is just doing it for the community. What a contrast to fishing lodges who don't look beyond their own customers! It's good to know that Walter's Cove still retains its friendly character. We relax with lattes and baklavas. By the time we get back to our boat, we've spent so much time talking to everybody we met on the trail that it's too late to leave.