Arrived in Haida Gwaii

on our way to the Spicer Islands

Just wanted to let you know that we have arrived at Haida Gwaii.  We made the trip across Hecate strait on Saturday, July 12th. Got up at 4am (Spicer Islands) to ensure we would arrive in daylight.  All was fine, wind was light, swells were nonexistent… A very comfortable trip.  We are now anchored in Bearskin bay in Queen Charlotte city, which isn’t really a city, population 944.  There is a laundromat though which is good since we haven’t done laundry since port McNeill, a loooong time ago.  The vibe up here is mixed…. I read the books “the golden spruce” and “the raven’s cry” prior to arriving and its left me with some different ideas of Haida culture… It might not have been as wonderful as all the nostalgic hype would have us believe….  It is beautiful here though and will likely seem more beautiful in the Gwaii Haanas park…  We plan to go to Masset  tomorrow with a rental car to pick up my mum, she flies in from Florida and will stay for a week.  After she returns home we will go south into the park and from there head offshore to Tofino.

Pete and the kids are fine.  Neli wishes we were going to the toys r us store more often.  Liam is enjoying fishing and rope work, including being responsible for launching the dinghy once we’re at anchor.  Pete is missing playing music at the church and I think he misses being able to work on sewing the puddlejumpbags…  We will likely have more time for that soon but in the meantime I think he wishes it could be happening now.  We left the suitcase drum set with Serge in Comox… We will be retrieving it when the boat is in Tofino :). He is enjoying his accordion though!

underway through Beaver Passage

I really miss friends and family….  This gypsy life is sometimes lonely….

Pretty awesome scenery though 🙂

fog bank near Skidegate Landing