Ketchikan, AK to Port Hardy, BC

Leg 5, July 6 - 19, 2000

On a gray morning,
we pass a channel mark
as we head south
from Prince Rupert.

This leg had lots of passages & looking at charts.
It's fun matching what's on the chart to what we see.
For example, the chart is a section of northeast shore of Princess Royal Island and Fraser Reach
 (just south of the Grenville Channel).

Topographical lines on land indicate elevations: the closer together the lines, the steeper the slope; more lines, higher hills. So here is a valley between by two hills, with water from the lake (far right) arcing down to the reach, ending in the waterfall pictured below. Colored dots on photos match with where on the chart each was taken.

Cindy Robinson welcomes us to the Native village of Klemtu.
She hopes to computerize a family tree of her extended family,
so all the members can know how they are related.

Klemtu blends the traditional with the new.
It has a fish hatchery by a stream, which has a barrier where they catch returning salmon
and harvest eggs & milt.

Passages end with Liz anchoring, often in the rain - then exploration begins.
Next two photos of cove in Gunboat Passage;
then shown is Green Island anchorage in the Fish Egg Inlet.


Another idyllic anchorage at Millbrook Cove (Smith Sound),
except that one shore of the cove is being clear-cut!
With the loggers' permission, we tie up our dinghy to their log-dock,
pass their trailer, and climb the hill.


As the full moon rises
over the same cove,
we fortify our resolve
to use paper wisely
and recycle ceaselessly!

Elena, a sailboat & fishing boats (rafting behind the small island),
share the cove in the Walker Group (in Queen Charlotte Strait);
barnacles big as silver dollars and sharp as razors cling to rocks as an eagle soars overhead.
Sunday morning, one of the fishing boats leaves the cove in the fog for another day of fishing.

Sointula, on Malcolm Island, was founded as a socialist collective by Finnish immigrants in 1901.
Its 800 residents still cherish its Finnish roots, although fishing, its primary industry, is ebbing; the Eliza Joye is licenseless and for sale.

Port McNeill
has a little of everything!

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