Spending the night on Addenbrooke Island, staying with the Addenbrooke lighthouse keepers! Tomorrow marks a month into our journey, a big milestone. We're paddling some more exposed coast on this leg, we had a real test of our paddling skills on Tuesday as we rounded Superstition Pt in up to 4 metre swell. Yikes! Picture riding a rollercoaster for an hour and a half. A few days from Cape Caution, I think we'll wait for some smaller seas to take that one on!
We made it to Bella Bella in exactly 3 weeks! We had to detour off our route and take the inside passage due to a big storm and 50 knot winds on the outside of Princess Royal Island, but we're still on schedule. B.C.'s coast is an amazing place, it's like going on safari on your own backyard. So much wildlife and amazing scenery!
We've spent a few extra days in Bella Bella as a big storm blew through again and had a chance to meet a bunch of keen students at both of the schools here. Pacific Wild has done some amazing work setting up interactive environmental curriculum in the schools, including live feed wolf and salmon cams from surrounding estuaries. Neat!
We're definitely leaving Bella Bella going into storm season, paddling the most exposed part of our trip over the next couple weeks should be interesting. Keep a close eye on our GPS tracker as we won't be surprised if we get beached for a few days at one point!
We have to say goodbye to our friend and team member Brian as he turns around to head home for Alaska. Four paddlers down to three, we'll miss him. But stay tuned as he plans to work on a short trailer and preview of our film over the next few weeks!
A quick minute online from Hartley Bay! Such an amazing trip so far, this landscape is truly stunning and filled with some amazing people. Paddled a 10 hour day yesterday and we're all feeling good! Check out the R.A.V.E. media event put together by Pacific Wild (www.pacificwild.org) we came into Hartley Bay just in time to see a lot of the action. So excited to hit the Great Bear Rainforest! A tally from our trip so far:
Days en route: 6
Number of km covered: 99
Team total of energy bars eaten: 57
Number of humpback whale pods spotted: 7
Number of Sea Lions seen:5
Number of Orca pods spotted: 1
Number of crude oil tankers on B.C.'s North Coast: 0