Misery (??) Bay

What a breath-taking place! We arrived here in Misery Bay, formerly an active center for log-transport, in mid-afternoon on Monday after motoring, under overcast skies through sometimes-strong headwinds and sporadic showers, down Sechelt Inlet and up Salmon Inlet to this gorgeous bay. We are surrounded by dark-green velvet hills, snow-swept peaks, silver-white waterfalls, rocky, thickly wooded shores, and a few stands of light-leafed deciduous trees in this sheltered spot, remote and tranquil, where the soundscape centers on the breathing of inflow and outflow winds and the “rush-sh-sh-sh” of a small waterfall or rapids hidden among some shore-side cedars. Now and then, the raucous “hronking” cry of a Canada goose, the warble of a loon, or the call of some other bird captures one’s ear, but there is, over all, a great calm here that has caused us to decide to stay until Wednesday morning. There is NO connectivity here; VHF and SSB radio provide our only contact with the “outside world.” So, no phone, no internet, no email–and posting of blog updates will have to wait (you deserve a break!).

Our route from Backeddy Marina through the Skookumchuck Rapids, down Sechelt Inlet, and up Salmon Inlet to Misery Bay

After a quiet Sunday night, we left Backeddy Marina just after 11 am on Monday in order to pass through the renowned Sechelt Rapids, also known as the “Skookumchuck”–“skookum” meaning “powerful” and “chuck” meaning “water”– Rapids, at slack tide when the waters are comparatively untroubled. Currents race through the channel here at speeds as high as 17 kts. under certain conditions, producing large, strong standing waves and dangerous whirlpools, and if boats attempt to transit under such circumstances, disasters can occur and lives can be lost. Expert kayak surfers come to these amazing tidal rapids to test their skills, and you can watch the action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRY7wTQYwXQ

Our passage through the narrows and rapids was uneventful (as we’d planned!), and our journey to cloud-shrouded Misery Bay (I think of it as “Blissful Bay”–was it named after some loggers’ dreadful experiences?), under the grand gaze of the mountain peaks

Traveling along Salmon Inlet on the morning of April 27

and past small islands and hissing, splashing Misery Falls,

Passing Misery Falls on the sunny morning of April 27
A closer look at the falls–a rainbow danced briefly in the spray

was very lovely despite the gloomy skies (it was bright and sunny when we motored down the inlet on the 27th, as you can see). We unfurled Braesail’s foresail (the jib) at one point and attached it to the “whisker pole” that holds it away from the mast, but no sooner was the sail rigged than the wind died away, and we had to return to motoring.

This showery afternoon is proving to be a good time to read BOOKS and saved laptop files, to play backgammon, to listen to music from our huge audio file collection, to nap, to write blog posts to publish later, and, above all, to offer praise for God’s unbounded and indescribable creativity and to pray for the wisdom to conserve God’s handiwork.

Walt took this picture of a large rock and two waterfalls across from Misery Bay through the window in front of which you can see bread, snack bags, and an aloe vera plant (part of our first-aid kit!)
Looking across Misery Bay at the waterfalls and rock formation seen through the window in the photo above
A moss “rug” lying atop a rock along one side of Misery Bay
Moss-carpeted granite “steps” down which trees approach the water of Misery Bay. Notice the tarry black streaks on the white rocks at the bottom left.
Clouds enfold the mountain peaks along Salmon Narrows above Misery Bay
The surrounding mountains wish Misery Bay a peaceful night

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