2009 Nootka Island

The process of moving to Campbell River constrained my 2009 kayak trip to just a week, so I made Nuchatlitz a focal point for a circumnavigation of Nootka Island and a trip towards Rugged Point. I launched at Little Espinosa, and paddled to Rosa Island, where I met 3 paddlers. The next morning, I took my leave and paddled to Ferrer Point & Louie Bay.
an exposed beach near Ferrer Point.
Since I would be paddling through an ebb, I was on the water just before 7 am. The water had a few bumps off Ferrer Point, but was quiet after that.
Hikers at Third Beach.
The sweeping sand beach at Calvin Falls.
A fresh wolf print.
no surf at Calvin Creek

While it made for an easy landing, the lack of surf at Calvin dashed my hopes for playtime.

The next day, I was again on the water at 7 am.
Calvin Falls.
Good conditions enabled me to paddle on the inside of the Bajo Pt tidal flat. Beano Creek came & went, and I made a beeline for Maquinna Pt.
Oopsie! A stray boat east of Maquinna Pt.
The lighthouse at Yuquot/Friendly Cove.
An interesting concrete foundation near the village of Nootka.
sailing in Tahsis Inlet
At Strange Island, I stopped to rig up my sail, and proceeded to sail up Tahsis Inlet to Blowhole Bay. With only moderate winds, it took 2 hours to cover the 9 nautical miles, but the R&R enabled me to continue paddling through Tahsis Narrows to Haven Cove, for a total distance of 33 nautical miles.

After camping on island 44, I continued on to Yellow Bluff as I wanted to be in position for a daytrip to Grassy Island.
The Uchuck steaming back from Kyuquot.
Grassy Island.
The view from Grassy Island.

While the light winds & low cloud / partial fog made for great travelling weather, sunshine was intermittent during the week. So I wrapped up the trip a day early & paddled back to Little Espinosa from Yellow Bluff.