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7-29-09 Murchison Island Cove August 12, 2009

Posted by captnmike in The Queen Charlottes 2009.

Another hot day expected it looks like.  We were able to get 1000 KOMO and 1300 in Seattle last night and heard about 100 degree days expected today.  Only 80’s or so here.  Calm last night with a bit of a roll once in a while.  We headed to Windy Bay to a mooring ball and tied up.  Amazing how much the bull kelp keeps the wave down inside the bay and even the wind is down to 4 or 5 knots instead of the 24 stuff going on just outside the entrance.  About an hour and ½ to get here from Murchison Is. Cove.  They have a Haida building built in the three pole fashion and 6 pole version, a hike to a sitka tree that is over 1000 years old they say.  We missed the continuation trail so I re-took the full loop trail.  We started talking with Shirley and her son Jordan and another lady Kathleen.  After we told them we were at the Skidegate potluck Shirley recognized us and remembered us and confirmed she had thought she had seen us somewhere before.

Another sailboat was in the cove so we hurried back out.  By the time we got out to the boats they had already anchored.  Our two boats together were jumping around some but with 9 fenders between us they did OK.  We head of and started sailing right away.  Saw a porpoise several times on the way back to Murchison Island Cove.  It was about 1 ½ hours each way and got back at 3:43pm so we took the dinghy with the small motor and kayak over to Faraday Island to have a look see at a village site.  We saw what looked like one deep depression with logs on three sides but very thick moss has covered the area pretty extensively.  Hundreds of abalone shells blown up on shore and even into the woods like they were small kites, with thousands of turban shells blown on shore too.  The very shallow waters between Murchison and Faraday are great for seaweed, clams, abalone and the like.  We had spaghetti and our last salad for dinner.  Fresh popcorn for dessert and we hovered around the radio while listening to KOMO and such.  Wow we heard 103 degrees for a new record high for Seattle.



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