Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oliver Cove to Khutze Inlet

Day 4                                    59.1 nm

Taken from a distance these photos are a bit blurry, but the helilogging action was crisp and skillful!

   We paused in Jackson Passage to watch a large Vertol helicopter lift logs from a hillside logging operation and drop them into a boomed area in the saltwater below. The chopper pilot darted about briskly, maneuvering with pinpoint precision to lower a cable with heavy hook into place for the hillside crew setting choker; a quick lift and release into the chuck; repeat over and over. The booming crew kept busy retrieving and bundling chokers for the helicopter to return to the hill.

Aha! Remember the tug with two barges of cedar logs that we passed near Bella Bella? Now we know where they came from, if not where they’re headed.

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