Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day 41: West Whitepine Cove to “Bear Cove”

We’d seen so many bears a few days ago at the unnamed cove near Windy Bay, we decided to go back and anchor overnight. The location is ideal, too, since I need to drop Dad and Ben off in Tofino tomorrow morning so they can catch a 5:55 pm ferry from Sidney to Anacortes.

But first, we went to Meares Island to walk the Big Tree Trail, a 3km loop that passes many massive, ancient cedars. We got slightly lost a few times, but eventually found the way. Flip flops weren’t the ideal footwear, but I nevertheless enjoyed the walk. The boardwalk is in poor condition, and seemed a bit dangerous in places (missing planks, rotted posts), but we survived.
Massive trees
Another big one
After the walk, we headed to “Bear Cove.” Upon arrival we spotted a mom and cub, but they ducked into the woods pretty quickly. And then, no more bears. The tide was relatively high for most of our stay, and bears seem to prefer low tide when they can more effectively forage for food in the intertidal zone.
Evening paddle
Late in the evening, just before sunset, we set out in the kayaks to try one last time to find some bears. No dice. Even though the tide had dropped significantly, they were nowhere to be found. Oh well, the anchorage is pleasant and we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon and evening at anchor. No rain since June 28th…a far cry from rainy Alaska last summer!

25.2 nm today
898.8 nm total

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