2018 Desolation Sound Flotilla: Day 5 – Princess Louisa Inlet Lay Day | NW Explorations
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2018 Desolation Sound Flotilla: Day 5 – Princess Louisa Inlet Lay Day

After a sound sleep, we woke to a quiet morning in Princess Louisa Inlet.  We all enjoyed a relaxing morning with nothing more to do than enjoy where we were.  Some of us slept in, while others headed out for an early morning kayak in the fog.  As the sun rose, the fog came in and out, sometimes giving us a glimpse of cliff face in front of us and other times so thick we could hardly see passed the dock.

At 11am we headed out into the fog with a miniature dinghy flotilla.  Our first stop was a short hiking trail through the thick temperate rain forest.  We were amazed by the thick moss and ferns that covered the ground and the enormous cedar stumps- remnants from the early logging days.  It seemed like there were hundreds of shades of green as we walked through the lush forest.

Our next stop was a tour of the Malibu Club.  Since the 40s, the Malibu Club has marked the entrance of the inlet.  The club was built as a luxury resort for the rich and famous of the time and many celebrities (including John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Senator John F. Kennedy etc.) spent time there.  After only about five years in business the club closed and a few years later was sold to the organization Young Life to create a Christian Youth Camp.  The camp is still active today and is beautifully maintained.

Spending a full day exploring in this place was such a treat.  By now, we have adapted to the rhythms of life on the water.  This inlet feels like a small scale Yosemite Valley, filled with water, without the crowds. There is such a sense of peace and calm in the cove that one cannot help but be influenced by it.

Most of the group joined us for another campfire after the sun set behind the mountains for the night.  We had a great time talking around the fire and enjoying the beautiful night.  As we headed off to bed, the moon started to light up the cliff face on one side of the inlet.  Despite the bright moonlight filling the cove, the bioluminescence in the water was still spectacular.  Each jellyfish was lit up as they pulsed in the water, and the harbor seals left streaming lines in the water like shooting stars.

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