Kayaking the Broken Islands

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We worked westward, threading a group of small rocks and islands near Willis Island.  Across a quarter mile passage we found ourselves on the north side of Turret Island, but needed to get around it to the south side where our camp ground was located.  The first passage west of Turret was impassable do to no water at low tide.  The next passage was passable by portaging over the inches deep water.  Sam and I continued further, around Trickett Island, and were able to find an open but twisty passage to the south side of Turret Island.  

The next trick was to find the campground.  It sits invisibly at the back of a narrow bay which hooks to the left.  After a couple of false starts, we found it recently vacated.  It is a beautifully wooded site, with three camping areas with room for perhaps a total of a dozen or more tents.  

Working between the islands near Willis Island.

John in the wooden Pygmy Coho, a kit boat that he made.  Three of our group had Cohos, two made by John.

Sam, eyeing a hazard.

Dinner at Turret Island.

None more relaxing than cigar and marshmallow.

Planning a day trip


After a pleasant evening of dinner, followed by a campfire, carefully placed below the high tide line, we awoke the next day to good weather and a chance to explore some of the outer islands.  We plotted a route west of Turret Island which included Effingham Island, the site of an old shipping harbor dating back to the days of sailing ships, and Wouwer Island, which would become the summer home of noisy Stellar Sea Lions later in the summer.   

Although nothing was left of Effingham's shipping port, we found the small islands in Effingham Bay to be like so many full sized Bonsai gardens, with their twisted, convoluted evergreen trees growing at strange angles out over the water.  With no particular destination in mind, we were able to linger and enjoy the curiosities that caught our attention.

We left Effingham Island and got into progressively bigger swells as we approached the less protected Wouwer Island.  The conditions were no problem for paddling, but the swells spashing up against rocks were dramatic and it was interesting watching our paddling parters nearly disappear and then reappear as we each traveled up and down in parallel swells.

Ron, examining a tree fall.

Taking a break on "Island 25" in Effingham bay.  

A bald eagle keeping his eye on a seal.



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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve 

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