|Some things don't change!|
|Pretty full shelves!|
That night the fuel barge pays a visit. It backs in with the help of a tug...and in... and in.. some more...right toward Kairos! Here's the view.....and yes, it's still light at 10 p.m.
|Big, big barge....slides in at 7 p.m. and stays all night off loading fuel|
|About to enter Calm Channel|
|Little channel at the end is entry to Yuccalta Rapids|
We arrive at the Stuart Island Community Docks in Big Bay at 1500 hours or 3:00 p.m. Yes, a little early and it is fine. There are only six boats here on this night.
|Stuart Is. Community Docks|
|Steve gets this shot: Lovely Evening|
We decide to stay here two days. We have only been here for overnight stays on our way up to The Broughtons, which required early departures for the next two sets of rapids. This year we will go no further north, so we decide to see what's here. The wharfinger tells us that the hike to Eagle Lake is worth the trip. The locals leave a skiff at the end of the trail and you are welcome to jump in and row out to the swimming dock at the other end of the lake. By afternoon the next day it's hot enough that we are ready for it!
|Off....and on...and on...and off...we go|
The hike up the road is short, but then the path through the forest takes off to the right. We almost miss it, but I look up just in time to see a small carved wooden sign. This part of the trail is narrow, just a foot (and paw) type of trail, surrounded by intense green. GREEN. The trees are tall and barely let bright sun in...and they keep things cool. Moss coats big old stumps and giant boulders as if it is fabric growing right out of wood and rock. A few tidy bridges make walking across muddy parts of the trail easy. Not much water running today in the creeks and streams that feed all this greenery.
|Your skiff awaits madame!|
More up hill, more turns and twists and just when I think, ok, this is far enough....the "maybe a mile or so" comes to an abrupt end with the sight of this skiff! Just as promised a small boat is tied and waiting for the next visitor. It almost seems too nice and I wonder for a moment if there is a mistake? Right where the words "Property of" are written on the boat....the rest is erased. I guess this is it!
|Lovely green, cool water|
|See the swimming raft?|
|Steve's impressionist photo of lilly pads and water|
We all pile in the skiff and row out to the swim raft. We watch another family depart. They are towing their small child behind the row boat while he kicks away in his life jacket, mom swimming behind him, dad rowing. Our dog children hope they are not to meet this fate.
Once at the raft we tie up and crawl onto the platform. Now for the business of watching and photographing....eagles! There are eagles everywhere! Soon bored with the little freedom granted...a 12X12 wooden platform surrounded by....water, we find Skipper and Sparky have jumped back in the boat, un-noticed by the photographers spotting and snapping perching and flying eagles.
|Can we leave yet?|
|Sporting some white!|
|There's another one!|
|What's that you say?|
After enjoying the eagle show, Steve actually jumps in and swims a few laps around the raft. Much excitement from the dogs about this. I finally get in...YIPES!...and out...but truthfully, it did feel wonderful. We dry quickly as it's a warm breeze and the sun is still hot, even at 5:30 p.m.
The walk back, as so often the case, does not feel as far or as tiring. Of course, I notice, it's all downhill. And we are cool from our jump in the lake. So today was explore by land, tomorrow by sea. We will spend the hours around slack water, exploring Big Bay by dinghy.
|A long dock adds to the "dog walk" each way|
Another sunny day greets us on Tuesday....and we get ready for the dinghy exploration. It lasts all of 30 seconds. As we turn the engine up it spurts loudly and quits! Steve re-plugs in the gas line and as he starts the engine, gas spews out everywhere. Oh dear. A quick inspection tells him the connector is bad. A quick inspection by Nan tells her the tide is still running and we are swiftly being pulled away from the dock and out into the bay! Row, row, row your boat, Nan! And with inflatable dinghies...that's not easy!
|No dinghy ride for us today....|
|This dock seaweed shows lots of current....even at almost slack water!|
Ahhh, a day for reading says Steve. Yes, and editing photos, and writing in journals!