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

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.
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)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
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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