Day 1 – June 21, 2011: We left in the afternoon from Prince Ruppert, British Columbia, crossing Chatham Sound partly motoring and partly under sail. Escorted by a couple of Harbor Porpoises, we left the peopled world behind and anchored for the night in a bay called Welcome Harbour, adjacent to Porcher Island, with no other boats and few signs of humanity. The area is ringed with densely forested shores and slopes, with many small rocky tree-covered islets. Many of the trees along shore are flagged by salt-bearing winds, making them look like brush paintings.
We crossed a narrow neck of land through a dense forest of mostly young cedars and hemlocks with a few monstrous ancient, twisted trunks.
The beach fronting the open ocean-like reach of Hecate Strait was full of enormous tree trunks and tons of driftwood. On the beach we found the tracks and scat of a lone wolf. Remarkably few birds graced the ocean horizon, but we did see a few scoters, probably Surf Scoters, and got a great look at a flock of Harlequin Ducks that flew in and landed in the surf.