Since the cliffs were so high all around us as the sun rose it also sank. The light slowly moved from the tops of the cliffs up above us, down to the calm waters where we were moored. It was bittersweet as we prepared to leave this incredible place. Homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls baked on Patos were enjoyed as we got ready to fire up our engines. There were a few seals that came up to say their peaceful goodbye and see us off the dock, but really they were waiting for us to leave so they could come in and snack on the school of herring that were swimming under our boats.
As we left we got to see all of the snow covered peaks that were hidden in the clouds on our way in. We are lucky to have seen this place in all its glory: rain and fog that created mystery and glorious clear skies to strike us with awe. We slowly made our way to the entrance of the inlet soaking up every last bit of view.
We pulled into Madeira Park in the early afternoon giving us time for a walk up to Garden Bay Lake. It was sunny and calm as we walked along the lake shore, dipped our toes in, and kept our eyes out for painted turtles. We spied an eagle up in the treetops, several robins, and a few swallows were darting around above the lake.
Today was Greg, our technicians, birthday! The crew of Patos took advice from the crew of Exact, who had been into town the last time we passed through, and made our way up to the Grasshopper Pub to celebrate the occasion. The pub is located up on the hill and has a wonderful view of the bay. While we were up there the folks from Sea Stock made the trek up the hill to wish Greg a happy birthday and deliver a small gift. As we ate our dinner, we could just make out some of the peaks north of us that we had passed earlier that day and as the sun set we all took a breath of the fresh air and felt thankful to be a part of such an incredible world.
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