Voyages North

11 July 2021 | Posted in Seattle
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Kingcome Inlet, August 4, 2014

24 August 2014 | posted at Nanaimo August 24, 2014
Elsie Hulsizer
Kingcome Inlet, August 4, 2014

Photo: Looking up the head of Kingcome Inlet

We hadn't planned on going up Kingcome Inlet this year, but then Loren of Shawl Bay told us about the pictographs at the head of the inlet. We had known about the large recent pictograph but not about the others. "Kingcome Inlet is right around the corner. We should go there while we're here," said Steve. I looked at the chart and saw Kingcome is only about 15 miles long. An easy trip up there and back in a day.

Kingcome Inlet was worth seeing for more reasons than the pictographs. Shortly after we turned into Kingome, a wall of white rock confronted us. A massive slide had bared white rocks beneath the forest.


Farther in the inlet we saw domes, U-shaped valleys and smooth rock walls polished by water. Each turn of the inlet showed more fantastic geology, including a face looking down on us from the north side.

face looking down
We rounded the final bend and looked up into the river valley. And then we saw the big pictograph of a copper on a wall above us.

large modern pictograph

It was all beautiful and fascinating but I wondered, why would an artist creating a masterpiece choose to put it where few people would see it? We didn't see another boat the whole day. Obviously, I've got some research to do.

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. [...]
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