Monday, June 21, 2010

Miles Inlet

Day 2:  traveled 74 nm

Photo: red telltale: Our anemometer accurately reports wind speed and direction, but this bright visual display on the bow flagstaff  is a handy quick reference for the helmsman 

Photo: the official display, mounted on the cabin wall behind the helm station 

The day was so routine it was hard to stay alert and awake; not recommended when you’re on log and debris watch! Speed-over-ground has varied from 11.6 kts yesterday, coming through Seymour Narrows, to today’s very slow 4.3 kts in Blackney Pass, and all this while running at the same engine rpm. Current strength and direction can make a huge difference when you travel in a go-slow boat.

It looks empty out here, but doesn't feel lonely. Most Alaska-bound boats moved through in April/May, and BC cruisers seem to be tucked inside in Desolation Sound or the Broughton Group. We passed an occasional fisherman/shrimper and heard VHF Traffic work with a handful of commercial vessels. It’s so peaceful when the VHF radio isn’t clogged with chitchat.

Miles Inlet was quiet, with only songbirds, eagles, one seal and the gurgle of the outflow from the saltwater lagoon for company.

Photo: narrow entrance to Miles Inlet

Photo: Interesting rock faces on the walls of the entrance - and we pass near enough to examine them at close range.

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