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In 2001 we went to the west coast of Vancouver island to paddle from Esparanza inlet north to the Brooks Peninsula and back out via Kyuquot Sound. We planed this trip with Briggett and Joeseph, who we met on the Queen Charlot islands the summer before.
|Gear layout at home.||Marie on Ferry to Vancouver Island.|
|We drove across the north end of the the island in a heavy rain. I felt like I was descending into another world.||First night we double tented for extra protection from the bugs.|
|Dock near where we car camped.|
The trip started in Esparanza inlet. A storm was forcast to move through over the next couple days. We hoped to make it to a snug camp in the Nuchatlitz islands so that we would have some place interesting to sit out the storm.
|The first strokes of the trip.||We are approaching the islands of Nuchatlitz|
|Our landing. At low tide the was all rocks and launch was very difficult.||On the second day we did a day paddle and took a break on this island.|
|Looking toward some of the outer reefs of the islands.||Our rain tarp. Used heavily the first couple days.|
|Our camp on the island.|
After two days waiting for the weather to calm down we packed and moved north. We hoped to get around Tatchu point, but the sea was still quite high and padding in exposed waters left Bridgette seasick. We choose instead to camp in protected bays south of the point and try the next day.
|Heading in to a river to get water.||Joseph making a fire to cook fish he caught.|
|We camped in a narrow river inlet.||Life in the bug house.|
Next morning was clear and beautiful. We had to cross some reefs to get into open water. There were breakers all along the reef except over one break in the reef. Not ever wave would break so we had to watch for a while to be sure that we had identified the break. Even then, I was a little uneasy paddling through.
But once through it was a glorious paddle. There was a moderate swell running in from the south west and a very gentle breese from the north. Reefs kept us off the shore for the whole day so it was a reliefe to finally come to our island camp.
|The morning was clear and beautiful.||Breakers over the reef.|
|Paddling in the swells of the open ocean.||Marie and Wendy in the swells.|
|The coast and the breakers that kept us from landing.||Marie near some rocky islands.|
|It was a reliefe to land at our camp.||Beautiful evening dinner.|
|Very beautiful camp.||Beach landing at Rugged point.|
|Joseph in the evening light.||My kayak, a QCC 600|
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