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April 17, 2014 Comments (4) journal

Catching the tide

Spring weather is one big environmental identity crisis. One day can be warm and pleasant and the next might feel like January: cold, wet and dishrag gray. Last weekend, at the start of the expedition, the weather was sunny and postcard blue but today is another matter entirely.

I’ll be leaving from Salmon Beach in an hour or so, timing my departure to match the falling tide. The currents here in the Narrows will be favorable and I expect the first few miles to go fairly quickly. Once I get into Colvos passage, however, the current speed will drop off and my speed will do the same. No matter. I didn’t build it thinking it would be a fast boat, and it isn’t. I would, however, like to make it to Southworth today, and I think I will, but it’s going to be a long time on the water.

There were whales out there a couple days ago… wonder what I’ll see today.