I had departed on time and shortly was heading along
Blackfish Sound toward
decided to start crossing as well, reckoning that if a
big ship would show up, I would have much better chances of being
crossing with a group, even if some distance away, than on my own.
crossing, I saw some action farer away, possibly orcas or a humpback
whale. Another group of kayakers was passing close to that place and I
changing the course and heading in that direction. I was too far away and
time if I were to beat the tides, so I kept my course. When I got close
The sea lion had also noticed me and suddenly changed its course, heading strait at me. I kept taking pictures. The animal came very close, about a boat length away, and stayed there for a while as if checking me out. Maybe it was amused seeing such a strange creature on water. Or maybe someone had fed it before, and it was waiting for a snack. To me, it was an amazing experience: being so close to a curious wild animal.
After what I felt was a minute or so, the sea lion had continued its journey. This encounter had made my day for sure.
I had turned and started paddling through Blackney
Passage. When I reached Licka Point, I had an option of going around a small
island or through the narrow passage between it and
Then I saw a group of kayakers, coming through the passage
toward me. To my surprise, I had recognized the group leaders from my previous encounter
with them on
I exited the passage and continued along the southern
On my way, this unusual rocky outcrop had caught my eye.
Soon I could see
The day was calm, no big ships in
I had crossed the strait with no issues and was soon heading
for my campsite along the
I headed out for fishing in the bay while the group had settled for lunch. It looked like they were on a lunch break, planning to continue the journey thereafter.
I had with me on this trip two fishing rods fitted with reels. One was a heavy setup strong enough for salmon. The other one was fresh water gear for light game that I kept as a backup. Unfortunately, the almost new Daiwa spinning reel in my heavy set broke down a few days earlier. This was a surprise to me, as I had used Daiwa reels before, with no issues. So I placed the light setup in my kayak and headed out. Soon, I caught something bigger than usual, virtually in the middle of the bay. After fighting it for a while, trying to keep my light tackle intact, I had landed a large rockfish, bigger than anything that I had seen before in that area. Satisfied, I returned to my camp and measured the fish. It was 40cm long weighting around 1kg. Made an excellent fish soup.
After enjoying my lunch, I photographed ruins of a settlement nearby, among the woods, overgrown with bushes.
Upon returning to my camp, I once again saw a proof of how
It was the time to start packing for tomorrow: to paddle with the tide I had to depart at 6:00 in the morning. Meanwhile, I could see lots of orca action all around me: swimming, spy-hopping and even jumping. Unfortunately, it was a long distance away; however, some kayakers got a lucky break, passing an orca moving in the opposite "traffic lane".
I kept being surprised how the life could hang on in most unforgiving places. This little shrub growing from the driftwood stump was yet another proof.
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