Maps 5

July 8 to July 10

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July 10 Yellow Bluff Beach to 3rd Beach Nootka Island Morning is foggy after a great sleep. Our fire still burns. The wind is still light. We eat and head for Catala Island. I do get a view in the fog of the yellow line along the bluff that gives the beach its name. In the fog we find our way with the GPS. A boat comes by quickly loaming out of the fog traveling far too quickly for the conditions. The fog begins to clear as we approach the island. Sea stack appear and disappear into the mists. There is a group of kayakers on the large pebble beach point on the north side of the island. We continue along the coast and stop at a small beach for a bight and some pictures of the sea stacks and arches. The Uchuck come by out and into the fog. He ship sounds its horn. We can see the other kayaker leave their beach to explore the island.   171k v. 4 Aug 14, 2009, 12:53 PM Bob Groff
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July 10 Yellow Bluff Beach to 3rd Beach Nootka Island We continue across Nuchatlitz Inlet missing the provincial park here and head around Ferre Point. The swells and the wind pick up here as we paddle into 3rd beach at the top of Nootka Island. We have a daunting voyage around the rocks and shoals. The beach here is well protected from the surf and we land easily on a large beach used mostly by hikers of the Nootka Trail that many hikers start by flying in to Louie Bay. The hike back to Yuquot and Friendly Cove is 37 k across some great beaches and past Calvin Falls.  256k v. 5 Aug 14, 2009, 12:54 PM Bob Groff
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July 8 Bunsby Islands to Walter’s Cove. We woke up to no rain. It is amazing that you can dry out completely in about an hour on a sunny beach. We hade a quick breakfast and packed up. As we did we noticed Momo pass by in Gay Passage. Bruno was looking for more salmon. He knows what a good fish it is to eat and is a great cook. We got into out kayaks on this sunny and calm day and headed for Taylor Island. It’s a small island on our way to Kyuquot with a sea cave through the middle. It was a 4k paddle in the sun on a calm sea. It is a beautiful stop. You get a great view of Brooks Peninsula from here today without the clouds and mist.   333k v. 4 Aug 14, 2009, 12:50 PM Bob Groff
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July 9 Kyuquot Inn to Yellow Bluff Bay We get up early which has become our norm but not as early as I had suggested on starting this trip. We make coffee and plan a bacon and eggs breakfast for 3. Art is the cook. The bacon takes a while as we all request crispy. We share a dozen eggs with toast and bacon a great breakfast. We planned a short trip today but it was beautiful paddling weather so we headed south, Sean headed for the Mission group and Spring Island. It was a calm and sunny day. As we approach Rugged Beach we watch the small island sea stack get larger, it appears as a Madonna and child in the distance. We pass the main beach and stop at a little cove for lunch. As we leave a group of gray whales come into the channel to feed. We had heard whales early far out to sea but could only hear their load calls and not see even their spray.   110k v. 4 Aug 14, 2009, 12:51 PM Bob Groff
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July 9 Kyuquot Inn to Yellow Bluff Bay It was a great paddling day. The swells are still large and crash into the rocks as we pass. The last point of the day is Tatchu, with it rocky shore that we keep well wide of before coming into the shelter of Yellow Bluff Bay. We had passed a couple of kayakers at the previous beach and had stayed well out of the swells there as well. Sean visited these kayakers. They were the couple from New York.   221k v. 5 Aug 14, 2009, 12:52 PM Bob Groff
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