After the breakfast, I had packed up my dry bags and placed them, along with the rest of my stuff, on two parallel logs close to the area where I was planning to load my kayak. Even with most of my food already consumed, the load still looked quite impressive.
When I left the island, the ocean was quiet: no wind and
the gentle seas, quite opposite to what I experienced in the previous
afternoon. I paddled in the direction of Spring Passage between Midsummer and
By the time I had reached Morning Islets, the sea started building up. More troubling, I had noticed that the tidal current was working against me, while according to the tidal charts it supposed to be a flood current flowing in my direction for another couple of hours. Go figure!
Closer to Spring Passage the current was even stronger
and I was struggling to make a significant progress. My GPS was showing that my
absolute speed was about 1.5 knots – almost half of my cruising speed in flat water.
In addition, a combination of wind and current kept rotating my kayak requiring
to frequently paddle on one side, canoe style. This was a tiring exercise and
after a while I had decided to stop for rest and a quick lunch. I had soon found a small
Maybe it was the rest or maybe the current had slowed
down a bit, but I felt that I was making a much better progress. I soon rounded
I selected the SSE course targeting the passage between
The passage was shown very shallow on the chart and indeed the rocks were sticking out here and there, however not a big deal for a kayak with its minimal draft, if paddling carefully. A few minutes later, I saw a little bay with a mud bottom and a clearing in the forest nearby.
I had checked the clearing – it was suitable for a camp. Soon the tent was up, almost hidden behind the logs.
I had to rush up with my dinner: the thunder had been rumbling for the past two hours and getting louder. I cooked a double portion planning to finish leftovers at breakfast; however I was so hungry after the tiring trip that I had eaten it all. The thunder had stopped and the rain did not materialize. The day had ended with a beautiful sunset.
The plan for the next day was to visit the abandoned
First Nations village on
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