Decision Time

June 9, 2019 – I went to sleep early last night with the plan to get up at 3 am and be on the water by 5:30 am, high tide. I awoke on my own at 3 am and could hear the waves breaking on the shore of my little protected beach half a mile inside the bay, which meant the water outside the bay must really be rocking and rolling, so I went back to sleep. I slept soundly enough to have some vivid dreams and awoke again at 8 am, basically a total of 13 hours of sleep. I guess I really was exhausted yesterday.

While making tea and breakfast I listened to the weather forecast for Dixon Entrance and its surrounding areas for the next three days: Gale warning in effect, SE winds 20-30 mph, gusts at 30-40 mph, seas building to 11′, with rain and a small craft advisory. This left me with some choices:

1) Pack up and paddle and tough it out. I’m well rested and more rough seas will give more opportunity to make me ready for potential the open sea conditions I might encounter in a couple of months. The British Canoeing 4* remit callls for conditions less than this forecast. When I did the 4* training, we did have a couple of days with conditions similar to what will be here for at least the next three days, plus I have the past three days’ experience. While it may be listed first, this wouldn’t be my last choice.

2) Make myself at home here for the next three days, possibly more. I have enough supplies, plus a couple of good books, a fresh water source, more fresh dear and lion tracks this morning next to said fresh water source. This would be my second choice.

3) Find out if there is a water taxi service that will come pick up me and my stuff and take me to Prince Rupert. It’s protected from the weather there, so I could get a room, get everything washed, repaired, and resupplied, then continue on to Grenville Channel as soon as all that is done. While this sounds nice, it means I miss my first opportunity for an open sea crossing at Dixon Entrance. I guess that’s early June for you in SE Alaska.

I decided to enlist the help of Constance back in Portland with better internet access than I to see if #3 is even an option. She put some calls in and found one that goes between Metlakatla and Prince Rupert but is closed on Sundays. It is likely I will be held up another two or three days here at Foggy Bay.

Can you see the weasel?
My chart case had some moisture in it. Even though the real Foggy Bay wasn’t foggy, it was totally fogged over in the case.

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kyleenaustin

I am passionate about outdoor exploration. In the recent years I have discovered how much more I can experience from a kayak. I am a professional musician and own a dairy where we produce raw milk, butter and cheeses. My son tells me I have "too much on my plate". He is correct, but I wouldn't live life any other way.

One thought on “Decision Time

  1. We’ve been looking for your posts off and on all day. What a thrill to read-a fraction of what you are experiencing. Sorry about Dixon entrance weather but Loving how you lay out your decision tree.

    We’re leaving tomorrow to drive south to babysit grandkids for a couple weeks, then family trip to Hawaii. Home July 18th. We’d like to have Sid over for dinner after we return-forgot to get his tel number. Sid-if you read this comment, please give us a call and leave message with your number.

    Sending our love and deep appreciation for you sharing this thrilling journey. Carol

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