Seattle to Desolation Sound

We left early Friday morning, waking up about the time we had planned to leave but thankfully it didn’t take us long to get in the road.

We got to horseshoe bay before the morning ferry but it was full so we had to take the afternoon ferry to Langdale.
While waiting we were conveniently parked next to a bathroom and snack shack where I got an organic coffee and delicious cinnamon roll. I planned on getting a naan pizza too but cut it too close to loading time (they try not to sell food under 30 minutes because it has to be heated).



The BC ferry is similar to the WA ferry except you could more easily see out the front (once the wind picked up on deck and we came inside).


After landing in Langdale we drove to earl’s cove to catch our next ferry. The drive was beautiful along the coast and through the woods.
The Earl Cove ferry terminal has a cute restaurant where I got the butter chicken wrap and soup (roasted red pepper and artichoke) to share with Alex. Both were delicious and a reasonable price for being the only place around.

Admittedly we were just thinking how to get from A to B to get to our campsite but our mini (full day) road trip turned into a fun adventure of its own. We left at 6:30am from Seattle and finally got to our campground at around 9:30pm. Waiting for the ferries forced us to slow down and enjoy what each little place had to offer.


We landed at Saltery Bay and drove to Okeover. It cost $2 to launch and land at their beach but they had a free parking lot (small but we got the last spot, so big enough!).

In planning for our trip we heavily used the Desolation Sound Marine Park website, including getting our backcountry passes ($5/night per person) and printing the maps of the campgrounds (this is the overview map then there are individual campsite maps to show access points and where the wooden sleeping pads are).
Our first stop at Grace Harbour there was a very large group of teenage boys with kayaks all over the beach and tents all over the ridge. They kindly offered us a side beach by their make shift water fall that looked like it would end up underwater in no time as the tide came in.
Instead we kept paddling, looking for any flat spot we could go on.


It was getting darker and darker. The sunset was pretty but not what we wanted to see while still in the kayak without a campsite.


We made it to Hare Point campsite just as it was getting too dark to see. We landed on the only beach we could see, which would have required a long walk uphill to a tent pad.
We found the path uphill with the help of another camper and one crummy headlamp (the better one mysteriously stopped working) and then realized there was a rocky beach next to a camp spot we could land on.
By moonlight we paddled the kayak around to the rocky beach and with a flashlight we unloaded the kayak and set up camp.


Since it was after 10pm we decided to snack rather than cook a meal. We got out the smoked salmon in juices by Seabar that was good but stunk up everything! The juices came flying out on Alex’s face and right next to the tent. We moved it away from the tent to eat it, juicing everything. We washed up afterwards but could still smell the salmon by the tent, even after scrubbing the boards with water. Hopefully no hungry bears are around!
Next we reached for the oranges and found the peaches Alex snuck into our food bag, which also juiced everywhere, so we had to clean that all up to.
We finally got in the tent a little after midnight when Alex realized his contact case was up hanging in the tree with his toiletry case and food.
All in all I was just thankful we found flat ground to sleep on before it was too dark to find anything.
And the stargazing was pretty wonderful!

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