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

Thomas Bay to Gambier Bay. The Fly Slayer. June 23-June 26, 2011

05 July 2013 | posted at Juneau
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Dave with his fly swatter.

It was Dave and Karen's fourth day out and we were anchored in Gambier Bay. Each day after leaving Thomas Bay, the weather had grown warmer and each day the number of horseflies buzzing around our cockpit had increased. In Scenery Cove, where we had anchored in Thomas Bay, a few had buzzed around the cockpit but we'd managed to ignore them. In Cleveland Passage, off the former village site of Fanshaw, the few had become a squadron and the flyswatter came out. In Cannery Cove on Admiralty Island, the squadron became a fleet but a rain squall soon vanquished them. Then in Gambier Bay, an entire air force of flies came zooming in.

Our two guests reacted differently. "I want cold, I want wind, I want glaciers," cried Karen as she followed Steve and me below behind the mosquito screens. But Dave took his book and stayed up on deck. From down below we could hear the, "slap, slap, slap" of his flyswatter as it hit its targets.

When a rain shower drove him below, he told us, "I counted 50 killed and that doesn't count the ones I threw overboard."

The rain drove the flies away but when I looked through the mosquito screens I could see hoards of no-see-ums waiting for us. In Alaska, we pay a high price for warm weather.

Photo: dead flies on Osprey's deck.

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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