Day 5 - Furry Island to Cranstown Point
After two nights on Furry island we are dry, rested, and in control. We island hop through Penrose Marine Park - nothing too exciting - then take a break on the southern most island. The guide book says there is a possible camp on the south end of this island. We take it to be at the head of a long bay. Arriving there we find a beach that will be covered by most high tides. Perhaps we read this wrong - could be on the south east shore line - but I'm becoming suspicious of this guide book's recommendations.
We launch across River's Inlet. Rather than island hopping across we are making a more direct crossing. This is a change from how we operated in previous years. Out in the middle the sun is shining, the water is sparkling, and this feels like an extraordinary place to be. As we approach land my legs and arms are aching and I'm eager to get out of my boat. The south shore of River's inlet has a large beach just east of Cranstown Point. I stop at the eastern end, paddling in through small surf, just because I can. We both then paddle along the shore - a white sand beach sloping gently out below our boats.
Day 6 - Smith Sound
Looking at the maps we realize we still have a ways to go. With good weather for the next several days we want to keep pushing until we are around our major obstacle: Cape Caution. Today we'll be padding the exposed coast between Rivers Inlet and Smith Sound then crossing Smith Sound so we elect to get an early start. Up at 5am, cold breakfast, and launch by 6am.
From here we hop across Smith Sound to a red sand beach. These beaches always look more beautiful from a distance. 100 ft off shore the beach looks pristine. Standing on it we are confronted by the realities of drying seaweed, dead crabs, sand fleas, black flies, and garbage. Lots of black flies here. Look, someone left a kitchen sink! There is flagging tape leading into the forest. We follow it for a ways but it's not clear why it is there. The forest has clearly been logged.
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