Fogbound

After the past weeks of smoke and rains we returned to summer this week and enjoyed some bike rides. The weather was to hold over the weekend so we decided to capitalize on it with a quick 2-night kayak camping trip to Pirates Cove. From there we would explore the cliffs of Valdes Island that were reported to be spectacular.

So we started out Friday afternoon. Again windless conditions and warm, but not hot, temps made ideal paddling conditions. We made the crossing and toodled along the shore of DeCorcy Island. This is where we first encountered the sandstone erosions. They are just as good the second time!

Some smoke has returned and it softened the mountains and restricted our view somewhat but it was still lovely.

The sites here are great. A platform for the tent makes it easier to get in and out, and a water pump and toilet means that we are not roughing it!

After camp was set up we enjoyed the view and solitude. Nobody else is camping although there are a couple boats in the bay. We love the fact that we can camp very comfortably in October.

We spent the evening enjoying the view, even if there was a bit of smoke.

Waking up this morning brought very different views. In reality it was the lack of views. Very thick fog enveloped our world and at time of writing (11am) it is still here. It is thick enough that we will not venture out because we want to do a crossing and even though traffic is light, the frequent fog horns indicate there are bigger ships around.

So we walked around the island and now are taking it easy until the fog hopefully lifts. All is not lost. The fog creates very ethereal views and quiet peace. It also highlights the many lacey spider webs.

So yes we are fog bound but it is not a bad place to be. We hope to get on the water. I can feel the sun trying to burn through but we will wait until it is safe. Stay tuned!

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