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We felt we were really spoiled by Princess Louisa Inlet - how could we top it? We returned to Pender Harbour for a last hurrah with Linda and Ed before they headed south to meet guests, and we headed north to Desolation Sound.
We hiked through a nice wooded trail...

forest floor

...and ended up on a small road where we met a woman herding her two Labrador retrievers into her truck. A young black bear was about 50' up her cherry tree and the dogs were going crazy. Evidently this bear likes her tree and will spend much of the day in it - eating and napping. I wasn't able to get a good photo, but it was interesting to see. We made sure to talk loudly on the hike back through the woods.
Pender was pretty, with loons calling in the early morning, hummingbirds, and bald eagles.

eagle

From Pender we cruised up into Desolation Sound - somewhat of a misnomer since it's popular with boats from the Seattle and Vancouver areas on vacation.  But it's a big place with lots of nooks and crannies, and harbors big enough for everyone. 
Our first stop was Grace Harbour - a beautiful spot. We hiked up to a fresh water lake, and came upon this old logging bulldozer abandoned in the woods.

bulldozer

Nothing beats a walk in the woods... and we love the tall cedars, spruce, fir, and arbutus trees, and the lush ferns in the understory.

forest ferns

We've also been enjoying exploring by kayak. We see lots of starfish clinging to the rock walls, and they don't seem to mind being high and dry when the tide goes out.

starfish


hang on

We're on our own now, still getting used to being new in the area and hoping to make some new friends. We love our new home waters, but miss our family and old friends very much. We had a surprise call from friends last night - a rare treat!

We're learning to slow down and enjoy cruising after a long winter of working on the boat 7 days a week and then the stress and mess of shipping ADVENTURES. It still feels like a guilty pleasure to be able to just relax, though we both have lots of fun projects to keep us busy. Jim is playing with his GoPro video and editing, and I'm knitting, writing some articles, and working on photos. A number of my photos appear in the latest (July/Aug) issue of PassageMaker magazine to go with an article about DeFever 49s, so that's pretty cool. 

 


 
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