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Our Journey on Scolamanzi II
Our Journey on Scolamanzi II

Misty Fiords … A National Monument:

 

Scolamanzi: The Misty Fiords and Behm Canal 12-14th May 2016

Scolamanzi:
The Misty Fiords and Behm Canal
12-14th May 2016

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New Eddystone Rock

The start of the Misty Fiords … not so misty this time… in fact – we had the most wonderful blue skies and sunny days there! This is apparently the second hottest yeaar ever recorded in Alaska! We love every bit of it!

Rudyerd Inlet

12th May 2016:

A smooth cruise in perfect conditions (this is becoming monotonous, I know!) brought us to the lovely wide Behm canal heading north. New Eddystone Rock on our way spurred on all photographers on board to capture this interesting and very impressive geological phenomenon. This 230 ft shaft rock rising from a sand shoal right in the middle of the canal is surrounded by 300-400 m deep water!

Our first choice to anchor for the night was Punch Boal Cove. There is a nice walk across a ridge to a big lagoon and a lovely view over the bay. On arrival, Orion -a Nordhavn 57 was there (on of our buddy boats that left with us from Campbell River). They were on the only buoy available and after a few tries to set the anchor, realised that the rocky bottom will not leave us with a secure anchorage with the wind that might pick up. We left with the hope to get back the next day if the buoy was free and the weather kind.

We instead to the South arm of Rudyerd Bay and found a picture perfect anchorage!  We knew it would be a great choice when we see the big float plane pontoon halfway up the inlet and have seen a few tourist boats zapping past us to the inlet. Luckily the planes and boats have only made it quick stops and was gone by the time we arrived at the anchorage. The backdrop has a snow covered mountain in the front and the back of the boat and on the side was a beautiful waterfall (so close that we could hear it)! A wonderful day of exploring with the tender amongst the steep cliffs and waterfalls around every corner! A very productive day with Johann and Ben catching 20 crabs for lunch! Day 3 without a cloud in the sky – as Ben said … that might be a record! Still a bear-less event nevertheless!

Rudyerd Bay

Rudyerd Bay

Rudyerd Bay

Rudyerd inlet

Rudyerd inlet

Rudyerd Bay

Rudyerd Bay

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Rudyerd Bay

Rudyerd Bay

Rudyerd Bay

Rudyerd Bay

Walker Cove for a quick look-see:

13th May 2016

We are off to a nice slow start this morning, after Johann has pulled the crab pots in and cleaned them in perfect Corstiaan-style. Heading off in yet another cloudless day (slightly windy) making our way to Watson cove.

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Rock art

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Waterfall from heaven!

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Watson Cove is a spectacular fiord with its impressive abrupt, almost perpendicular shores.  This glacier-carved valley has an entrance of immense, steep granite walls with dramatic waterfalls plunging into the icy cold water. The bay ends in beautiful florescent green patch of grass all along the river mouth. A tourist boat was drifting waiting for the kayaks and inflatables to explore and searching for bears all along the shore line. We made a quick detour – no bears later, we left for Fitzgibbon Cove.

Fitzgibbon Cove

Fitzgibbon Cove

Fitzgibbon Cove to stay the night:

This beautiful remote setting with its snow covered mountains and scattered small rock islands was a perfect stay for the night. We anchored in the end of the bay on a flat muddy bottom (that is always a great holding surface) with lots of swinging room and good shelter from all winds. Again we had this oasis all to ourselves! A nice dinghy ride around the bay just before lunch add a few more pictures to the collection! Any small island against a snowy mountain is a feast for a photographer. This is still National park and no salmon fishing allowed. The men cannot wait to get to the fishing waters for a change!

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

Shapes , Shadows and Reflections from Nature to me

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Small avalanches visible in the snow

Small avalanches visible in the snow

Snow that has collected at the food of a mountain with water running right through it

Snow that has collected at the food of a mountain with water running right through it

Amazing mountains and rock formations

Amazing mountains and rock formations

Scolamanzi reflecting

Scolamanzi reflecting

 

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