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This summer we planned to go to the artic but family obligations prohibited such a long and remote trip. So we planned to do a hike in the Cascades. But then we did a short hike and were reminded just how hot, dusty, and buggy the mountains are in the summer. So we went paddling in the Broken Group of Barkly Sound. This is a wildy popular destination and, going at the end of August, we were not disapointed by the crowds. But they don't detract much from the island scenery.
|Ferry line.||Toquart bay camp ground.|
I have an underwater housing for my camera. For the first time I was able to take pictures of one of the main attractions of the coast: the marine life. The live colors are generally better than those in the photos. Also, I generally kept the housing on my camera and drops on the lens cover would cause bluring of the on-the-water shots.
|Leather star?||One of the larger stars that I've seen. Paddle blade for perspective.|
|Many legged Sun star. . Paddle for perspective.||This was a much smaller star.|
|First day was overcast.|
|A smaller passage we went through.||The camp. Before we landed there were more than 20 boats on the beach. Fortunately most were departing and we had a nice camp in the forest.|
|We paddled a fairly long way to make it to Gibralter island where we met up with Pete and Lacovia who were doing a parallel trip.|
|Right off of Gibralter camp we found a colony of bat stars this is not surprising as they are very common. The are about 5 inches across and often of a pink-red or blue color.||Here is a little spider crab. I think it is the sam species as the larger kelp crabs I commonly see.|
|A bright red bat star plus other life.||More bat stars, including a blue one.|
|It is fairly common to find them this close together.||Here is a large (about 14") sea cucumber. I find them fairly ugly.|
|The sky cleared and we paddled to the south east side of the group, past some small islets and around Wiebe island on the right.||Steve in the yellow boat there.|
|Pete.||Lacovia paddling past a sea arch.|
The weather cleared and I got the idea to go all the way to Clark while the weather was good. Marie and Steve were up for it but Pete and Lacovia decided to make a shorter day by stoping on Turret island.
|Camp on Clark Island.||Steve relaxing on the west side beach.|
|Looking west out to the ocean.|
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