Starlit Travels

Who: Jerry & Jan Norman
Port: Brookings OR
08 August 2015 | Roscoe Bay
25 July 2015 | Owen Bay, B.C.
24 July 2015 | Benkinsop Bay, off Johnstone Strait
23 July 2015 | Port McNeil
17 July 2015 | Viner Sound, Gilford Island, B.C.
15 July 2015 | O'Brien Bay, Simoom Sound, B.C..
15 July 2015 | O'Brien Bay, Simoom Sound, B.C..
12 July 2015 | Booker Lagoon, Broughton Island, B.C.
12 July 2015 | Booker Lagoon, Broughton Island, B.C.
11 July 2015 | Westerman Bay, Belize Inlet, B.C.
10 July 2015 | Westerman Bay, Belize Inlet, B.C.
09 July 2015 | Westerman Bay, Belize Inlet, B.C.
07 July 2015 | Southwest Cove, Strachan Bay, Mereworth Sound, Belize Inlet, B.C.
07 July 2015 | Southwest Cove, Strachan Bay, Mereworth Sound, Belize Inlet, B.C.
07 July 2015 | Southwest Cove, Strachan Bay, Belize Inlet, B.C.
05 July 2015 | Allison Harbour, British Columbia
04 July 2015 | Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, B.C.
02 July 2015 | Port Hardy
01 July 2015 | Port Hardy
26 June 2015 | Port McNeil, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Desolation Sound

08 August 2015 | Roscoe Bay
Jan
We spent 4 days in Roscoe Bay, which is our favorite anchorage in Desolation Sound. We hiked Mt. Llanover which has an elevation of 2200 feet. It is a pretty strenuous hike but we have hiked it 8 times now in 8 years. We have set a goat to hike it 10 times - only two more to go! A swim in Black Lake was in order once we finished the hike. Black Lake is at the head of the Bay and is a wonderful place to cool off after that hike. The next day we took it easy and kayaked around the lake which included a bit of swimming as well. We are usually in Roscoe Bay in May and have the whole bay to ourselves. Possibly one or two other boats venture in while we are there but for the most part it is just us. Well August is a bit different in Desolation Sound. We had as many as 50 other boats in the anchorage. Needless to say we felt a bit crowded. After leaving Desolation we headed to the town of Ladysmith. It is a small town in British Columbia and reminds us of Brookings. We will be here for awhile doing boat projects and waiting for the crowds to leave the Gulf Islands. We will be back out for the month of September just cruising around the Gulf Islands before heading home.

Animal Names

25 July 2015 | Owen Bay, B.C.
Jan
Today we leave the Broughtons and head to Desolation Sound by way of Johnstone Strait. We passed a cruise ship in the Strait. You have to pay close attention when passing one these huge ships because they put out an enormous wake. Just as we were nearing Chatham Point we saw a pod of Orcas. That is always a treat to watch them graceful swim through the water. Having seen bears yesterday and Orcas today caused me to think of all the animal names that have been given to islands, rocks, bays, etc. So to name some of the ones we have cruised by or anchored in there are: Squirrel Cove, Otter Cove, Butterfly Bay, Fawn Bluff, Goat Island, Parrot Point, Octopus Islands, Humpback Bay, Bear Bight, Doe Island, Deer Harbor, Elk Bay, Mink Island, Fish Egg Inlet. and many more. Soon after we set the anchor in Owen Bay Jerry was off to set the crab pot. We have always had good luck here catching crabs but I wonder how many halibut we can catch in that trap now that we know it can be done!

The Three Bears

24 July 2015 | Benkinsop Bay, off Johnstone Strait
Jan
Today was foggy, windy, and rainy. A good day to travel. Johnstone Strait was fairly flat and we made good time. Benkinsop Bay is a large bay along the north side of Johnstone Strait and a good place to spend the night. We have never been here before and hadn't heard of anyone ever stopping here. So we were quite surprised to see another boat already at anchor and one more coming in behind us. It seems to be a good spot to wait for the right conditions to continue on down the strait. Tomorrow morning should be another good day to travel. As we set the anchor we looked towards the shoreline and saw three grizzley bears.(Canadians call them brown bears.) Those are the first bears we have seen this season. Watching them should provide us with our entertainment for the evening.

Back to Port McNeil

23 July 2015 | Port McNeil
Jan
We arrived back in Port McNeil yesterday. We had arranged for mail forwarding to meet us here and sure enough the mail was waiting for us. So we reprovisioned (that is boating term for getting groceries) and did the laundry and by tomorrow morning we will have figured out were to go from here. While watching the boats come and go we spied one that looked familiar. Sure enough it was "Abigail" a boat we know well from Anacortes Marina. It was great to visit with Randy and Candy and find out where they have been since we all left Anacortes several weeks ago.

Three days in Viner Sound

17 July 2015 | Viner Sound, Gilford Island, B.C.
Jan
We left Simoon Sound enjoying the beautiful scenery as we headed to Echo Bay. We were hoping to get some cell phone and internet service there. But that was not to be. We bought a few supplies and then headed on to Viner Sound. We didn't think we would be fortunate enough to find a free buoy to tie up to but we cruised down the sound hopefully. As we entered the sound we saw a school of white sided dolphins thrashing in the water. They were feeding and didn't want to spend the time to play in the bow of our boat. Maybe on the way out of the sound it will be play time for them. We were pleasantly surprised to find three open buoys and particularly pleased to find the best one waiting for us. After tying up and eating lunch we went for a kayak ride to the head of the bay. There is a small river flowing into the bay and at high tide you can paddly up it a ways. We weren't able to get very far which was okay with me. It seemed like a good place for bears to hang out! The paddle back to the boat was a bit of an adventure. The wind had come up, the tide was coming in and the wind waves were growing. So instead of a leisurely paddle back it was a bit of a workout. But we arrived back on the boat safe and sound and ready to finish the prawn cakes for dinner. July 18. At anchor in Viner Sound. Just a quiet day on the boat. Jerry caught a few rock fish for dinner and crab bait. We kayaked in the lagoon and enjoyed the warm sunny day. July 19. At anchor in Viner Sound. The last day in Viner Sound turns out to be a memorable one. Jerry had set the crab trap yesterday afternoon. He wasn't too hopeful but I was hungry for more crab so just to keep me happy (or quiet) he set the trap. This morning he went out to pull it. It was pretty heavy so he thought it must be full of crabs. There was one keeper but somehow a 10 pound halibut swam into the trap! That is the first halibut Jerry has ever caught. What a shock. So we are back in the seafood again. Crab and halibut for dinner. It was another beautiful day, not quite as warm as yesterday. So it was great for one last kayak around the Sound.

Discoveries

15 July 2015 | O'Brien Bay, Simoom Sound, B.C..
Jan
Well in the last three days we have eaten boiled prawns, bar-b-qued prawns, prawn cakes, a dungeness crab, and some white fish. We have kayaked around the bay, and discovered why there are no fish farms. Apparently the B.C. government decided that they could not be in the bays and sounds, only in the open waters. That is great news for cruisers because the fish farms were taking all the good anchorages. So that problem has gone away. We also learned that two years ago some people were on the shore with their medium sized dog. It seems a cougar was watching them and when the people were about 15 feet away from the dog, the cougar attacked it, broke its neck and carried it off in the woods. A very sad day for those owners. And a warning that not only are there bears around but cougars as well. That kind of killed our desire to go for a hike on the nearby logging trail. So we have put the dinghy back on the boat along with the kayaks and tomorrow morning we will pull the anchor and head to the next stop. Simoom Sound is a beautiful place and we will return one day.
Vessel Name: Starlit
Vessel Make/Model: Nordhavn 40
Hailing Port: Brookings OR
Crew: Jerry & Jan Norman
About:
We did some cruising many years ago, mostly in the San Juan Islands. We retired in Dec. of 2007 purchased a 40 foot Nordhavn "Knot Dreamin" and began cruising full time. After 3 years we sold that boat and immediately had boat withdrawals. [...]
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Boat names can be quite interesting.
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Who: Jerry & Jan Norman
Port: Brookings OR