Braesail arrived on Tuesday in nearby (and less expensive!) Canoe Cove Marina with a two-person crew aboard, water tanks filled, and temperatures rising a little. After a “rest day” of reading, emailing, and blogging, Wednesday’s motoring journey took the boat to the dock in roomy Reid Harbor on Stuart Island, where Braesail was the only boat.
While Walt napped, Lorelette went ashore and climbed across the “saddle” of land between Reid and Prevost harbors to enjoy the views over the water from the forested banks.
As she descended the steep ramp from the camping area and composting toilet to the dock, she noticed that she was being accompanied by flutters of snow, as had been predicted by the morning’s weather forecast.
By bedtime, several inches of snow had wrapped the harbor in a white blanket, and on the morning of Thursday, January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, Braesail’s captain and crew looked out the port lights at a gorgeous epiphany–an icy fairy-tale world enfolded in a half-foot of fluffy snow. Walt made a photo-shooting hike to the shore and back and Lorelette took pictures from the cockpit. What a magical place in which to spend a quiet day!