Wednesday July 25th. Off to Klemtu
We got up early, around 6:30 am ( not that early for us.) So as to have an easy launch off the rock. Off we headed towards Jackson passage. The current was with us and we ate a couple of energy bars along the way. Down to just 2 or 3 left. It was time to pick up our box of supplies in Klemtu. Jackson passage was beautiful. Narrow and calm with a wonderful shoreline as we cruised on through it at low tide. No traffic worries here with the tide down low. Only very small boats could pass. The only boats we saw were for working on the fish farms that are towards the west end of the passage. As we finished up in Jackson and I looked towards Finlayson channel we could see thick fog. We hoped that it would clear out before our 4-5 mph arrival, but it did not. We checked our compass headings, scanned the vhf radio for shipping traffic (nothing) and then we set off across the 3 miles towards Cone island and Klemtu. I scanned the horizon constantly. It is really hard to know just how far you can see – in nothing. We made it across, no boats to be seen or heard and continued North up Cone island. Then around and into Klemtu. This was the first time we had done a crossing in the fog where shipping traffic was a concern – lucky us. We have not seen hardly any boat traffic so far on this trip. This crossing was bit of excitement in an otherwise extremely calm morning of paddling in peaceful Jackson channel.
We arrived hungry and a bit tired. (Good thing I stopped at the tip of Cone island to pee, because there are no services in Klemtu anymore.) We tied off on the dock and
walked dripping wet and cold up to the band store to inquire about the post office, café, stores and camping. No camping, no more café, the band store has some supplies. We would need to paddle across the bay to town and the post office . They do have good internet service and Oh yea, no contact solution or saline solution to be found either. Apparently, no natives have contact lenses in these parts. Traci C was able to reconnect her iphone to the spot and check on the blog. Klemtu internet is light years faster than Shearwater. Don’t drink their tannin water. Klemtu water is really good. I could not stop drinking it last night. Great water and boy was I dehydrated. (No bathroom break for Traci, boy she can hold it like a champ!) I watched the kayaks on the beach if you could call it that as Traci went up to find the post office. Careful not to cut my feet on the broken glass in the fucus. As I waited, I ate salami and chocolate with peanut butter. Cold, wet, and hungry. Traci returned with our box full of goodies and we smashed them into our packed boats. I walked up to the health clinic and had them clean out my cut hand. They were very nice there. The doctor gave me a tube of antibiotic ointment better than my Neosporin and a prescription of antibiotic that works well on marine type of infections, to use just in case it got infected. – No charge! Thank you Canada health care system and Klemtu people.
Back to the band store we paddled so Traci could work on the blog and for me to shop a bit and get water. We did find a toilet and water by asking the young kids hanging outside of the store. It was in the closed up café space. No burger, but we did get a toilet and good Klemtu water. Then off we went in search of a place to sleep up the channel. We passed by Boat bluff light house – no way to get our kayaks out – Darn! I really wanted a light house experience, but it just is not working out. As we passed a humpback whale and stellar sea lion swam around irritated at our presence ( I hope I got them on video.) We covered another 5-10 miles for a total of around 27 miles for the day. Slept hard under a tarp next to our kayaks.