Leaving Tenedos Bay and preparing for Prideaux Haven was astounding. It seemed as though right as we came out of the bay we were sailing straight for and between sheer walls of rock. Mount Crawshay opened up from behind the clouds and reaches heights of 5,700 feet 6 miles off the shore, while a breathtaking Mount Denman tapers off at 6,590 feet, with its smaller peak at 5,940 feet only 3 miles off the shoreline. These structures are the epicenter of what brings so many people to such a remote piece of British Columbia, the vast nature of it all feels rejuvenating and the actual size of such grand peaks protects the many inlets from harsh winds.
As we cruised further into Desolation Sound we’ve come across more wildlife than we had been, given that at this time of the year boat traffic slows immensely and if you hold your breath for a split second, its so soothing quite all around you. We came out of Tenedos Bay and hung a right into a channel that excited everyone. Between Otter Island and British Columbia’s mainland you find a short cut into Prideaux Haven’s, Melanie Cove. In a single file line we all crossed the channel and everyone’s crew came up to their bow’s to not only check the port and starboard for a clear passage, but to ogle at the stunning geography that flank the boats.
In this slow going 6-mile trek around the corner, the sun began to peak out once again and tease us with blue skies. Pulling around Eveleigh Island we passed a stunning Laura Cove, rounding into Melanie Cove and once Deception had found our anchor spot and solidified out stern tie we brough each boat in for another raft, one by one. Our rafts are getting better and better with each attempt, with both boat crew and boat captain getting the flow of the operation down pat.
Once the respective boats on the rafts were tied, anchored, and crew settled each boat joined the group and got in their dinghies or hitched a ride and we went for a gorgeous hike along Prideaux Peninsula. The hike was stunning and everyone appreciated the vantage point from the highest elevation along the stretch. We could see all of our boats rafted close to the peninsula we were hiking, waving to the loved ones who wanted to take a rest for a few hours before we transitioned into making dinner.
Throughout the entire time on the hike, we were chatting and catching up, touching base and sharing stories about how we all ended up in the same place at the same time experiencing such a once in a lifetime moments. It seems that everybody is now paying more and more attention to the mundane of life and expressing gratitude for what we are spending our days exploring around and surrounded by.
Reaching the end of the peninsula we all rejoiced and soaked up the view, thankful and excited to be taking a rest and to be able to say, “we made it!” We made our way back the out-and-back trail and we loved it even more the second time, knowing what to expect and noticing all the things we didn’t get a chance to see the first time around. The trails were covered with lush Salal and mushrooms in all the cracks and crevasses of stunning old growth cedar and fallen firs.
It’s an incredible opportunity to be here in Desolation sound and you can feel that energy from each boat and their crew. From lovely floats to relaxing nights, our adventure thus far has brought to everyone’s attention the beauty in existing in these moments with their loved ones, and the ones they have just met, but are learning to love too.
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