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

Mole Harbor, Seymour Canal. July 9.-10, 2013

24 July 2013 | posted at Craig
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Mole Harbor. The mole is the thin brown line: a rock that serves as a breakwater.

We motored down Seymour Canal, rain lashing our faces. We abandoned our plans to go on to Gambier Bay or Cannery Cove and decided to settle for Mole Harbor, near the entrance to Seymour Canal and only 15 miles away. I wondered why it was called Mole Harbor. Surely there wouldn't be moles where the ground was mostly rock.

The chart showed few details but the Coast Pilot recommended entering between Rasp Ledge on the north and Beacon Rock on the south. Inside, the wind settled down but the waves still curved into our anchorage. As the tide fell, however, the waves diminished.

In the morning we woke up to a quiet anchorage. I looked out the port light and was amazed to see one long flat rock stretching across much of the entrance at low tide. Then I remembered that "mole" doesn't mean just a little furry creature. It's also means "breakwater."

Post script. August 4, 2013. In Ketchikan I learned that Mole Harbor was the home of the Bear Man of Admiralty Inlet. I bought the book. More to come later after I read it.
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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