Saturday, September 21, 2013
A trip up to Princess Louisa
My flight got in Saturday evening from Ketchikan, so Saturday was a night for sleeping and not much getting ready, and sunday wasn't long enough for us to get ready so we had to leave Monday. I dove and scraped the bottom to give us some speed and we were ready. The first night we spent on Patos Island, out past Sucia Island, in the San Juans. There is a beautiful lighthouse on the point that we checked out in the setting sun, and then I climbed up to the roof and found a way in, so we got to check out the inside of the lighthouse as well. It's neat, but not as pretty as the view from the top. Mount Baker was throwing some pretty light our way, and the sun sank slowly over Canada.
There were some other boats in the spot, so we visited as we made our way back to Altair. I met a neat guy from Saturna Island, who was the master of this small boat in the picture... He was an architect, and avid wanderer of the islands around here. We had him over with the promise of macaroni and cheese, but discovered that my cooking pot has a small hole in the bottom, so is unworthy of creating mac and cheese. Instead we made quesadillas. I had lured Lindsay out on the trip with the promise that we would not eat quesadillas all the time, and we promised ourselves that we would change our diet once we had got a new cooking pot. We would change our wayward ways.
He had a pretty little boat, wide but fast, with the same style rig as I like, where the furler is out on a bowsprit and the smaller jib is kept in a bag in front.
It was a really nice sunset with all the sandstone blooming in the light, and I got a few shots of Altair that I would like to share with you...
The actual Princess Louisa Inlet is surrounded by towering hills, some of them covered in green, some bare granite. Its deep and narrow, and breathtaking. We spent two nights in, one anchored on a precarious ledge and the other at the dock at Chatterbox Falls. Many people come to this dock and we met some good folks.
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