All that's missing are the bikini babes on this beach!
After dodging the grizzly bear, we continued our trip over to Calvert Island to a very nice place called Pruth Bay. We've heard great things about the hiking, fishing, and scenery. We took a short hike to West Beach on the open ocean side of the island and were truly amazed at how beautiful it looked. This is a very fine sand beach that reminds us of Hawaii only without palm trees.
As we were hiking to West Beach today we almost stepped on this mangy looking Canadian Weasel Slug! This one happened to be a "Blond Weasel Slug and it seemed to be wandering around aimlessly. Isn't she just the cutest thing? I think I will bring this one home with me and give it to my good buddy Phil as a pet!
Well, since the salmon fishing wasn't that great, we decided to move on to where we hear the salmon just jump into your boat! We departed Fury Cove and motored on over to Pruth Bay on Calvert Island. Just as we were leaving Fury Cove, (just like last year) we almost ran over a bear that was swimming accross the channel to Fury Island. Last year it was a black bear... this year it was a grizzly bear!
Marcia and I got our salmon fishing gear all ready and headed out to snag a dozen or so wild salmon. Well... wouldnt you know it, but we only caught one that was about 12 inches long! Ok, I admit it, it was Marcia who caught it! But while trolling for salmon, we did catch a nice big rock bass! He/she was very tasty!
One of the great things about Fury Cove is there is a smooth sandy beach that you can play on and let the doggies run wild! Sandy certainly loved getting off the boat to play around on the sand. There were several other folks doing the same and we all had a good time throwing sticks for the dogs.
We departed Port Hardy which is at the far North end of Vancouver Island. We arrived at Fury Cove which is next to Fury Island and found the cove to be packed with other boaters. It turned out most were waiting for good weather to head either North or South. The weather from Port Hardy wasn’t bad, but it's hard to trust our judgment since we are seasoned sailors and scurvy dogs! We did see a humpback whale along the way, but one of the scurvy dogs on board didn’t get a very good picture.
We just arrived at the last town on Vancouver Island as we are heading North. Naturally, I had to buy some pastries! This port is huge for salmon fishing. We saw numerous folks bringing salmon off their boats to clean. This will be us soon.
Marcia was thinking the anchor on our boat was a little too small and tried to talk me into taking this one that was laying by the road in Sointulla. I think she needs to go back to the bakery!
Actually, this anchor was dated from 1750 to 1800!