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

Fury Cove. May 27, 2013

01 June 2013 | Posted at Prince Rupert
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: A white “sand” beach in Fury Cove.

Sunshine glittered off the water of Fury Cove as boats got ready to leave. Steve was deep in the bilges of Perdon, helping them with a broken bilge pump. I saw my chance to escape. Climbing in the dinghy, I rowed ashore to a beautiful white sand beach. As I pulled away from Osprey, I realized I’d forgotten my camera. But surely I could take a little row and a walk on a beach without having to take a picture.

I beached the dinghy and stepped ashore. The beach crunched under my feet. Looking down, I noticed the beach wasn’t sand; it was clam shells. Fine-ground shells were close to the water. Farther up, larger chunks replaced the fine-ground ones and in some places whole shells packed together in clumps. The islands surrounding Fury Cove are made of hard volcanic rock, with the result that there’s no source of sand to feed the beaches. Instead we had a beach of clam shells.

I remember learning in college oceanography about a beach in California made up of nothing but tin cans, sorted into sizes by the waves. Shells are much nicer.

So much for there being nothing to photograph. I returned to the dinghy and rowed back to the Osprey for my camera.

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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