From Friday Harbor to Montague Harbour
Today we were scheduled to make it into Canada. It
would turn out to be one of the most interesting days on the trip, although
there was lots of action on subsequent days as well. I woke up early on
this Wednesday morning, for a little while at 4:30AM, and then at 6:30.
It was beginning to get light out at 4:30. We left under strong current
conditions at 9:45. On our trip from Friday Harbor through the San Juan
Straights (Harold Straight and Swanson Channel) we saw the Royal Canadian
Navy's boats number 161, 702, and 163. These were ships similar to the
ones pictured below.
Of course we were much farther out to sea than these
pictures, plus we were in American waters. I guess we've got some sort
of agreement with the Canadian military.
As we were approaching the customs at Bedwell Harbour,
we noticed some activity in the waters around us. Then we saw in the distance
a killer whale surface and re-submerge. Looking more, we idled our boat
and saw others all around us. There were between 10 and 15 whales in our
area. The water was 300-400 feet deep and we were relatively near the shore.
We all sat on the deck and watched them for a long time. One ended up coming
within 15 feet of our rear left side. That was pretty awesome.
After a while a whale watching, we saw hordes of
commercial whale watching boats come into the area. They were very aggresive
in their pursuits of the whales, and after a while, we decided to continue
We stopped at the customs for a short period of time
and then continued north towards Montague Harbour.
We anchored in the middle of Montague Harbour, with
several other boats also in there. Because we were in the middle of the
harbour, we had to use the motorized dinghy to get to the general store.
So we lowered it from the top of the boat using the crane lift. Sean and
I went on to the store and looked around on shore. There really wasn't
much there, and the exchange rate wasn't very good either. So we went back
to the boat. I then took the rubber row boat out to the opposite shore
and explored around there for a little while.
We all just hung out for a while until dinner time,
when Betty made some very good corned beef, cole slaw, and corn bread.
After dinner I rowed around some more, to the rocky beach covered with
trees at the far end of the harbour. Around this time we started seeing
the best sunset I had ever seen in my life. It was as if the water, the
sky, and the other backround were caught on fire, with blue streaks runing
through it. We listened to a little of the Mariners game, and came in to
go to sleep. The sunset was still happening at 10:10pm. I listened to the
Mariners win as I fell asleep.
Date: July 16
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