Setting the alarm for 3:25am is not my favorite. But we had a seven mile paddle and one hour drive to the ferry we HAD to catch, so you do what you’ve got to do.
It was really dark, since the moon had traveled elsewhere. The stars were so pronounced and beautiful.
We took down our campsite, remembering our clothes line and food bags in the trees. It was difficult to load the kayak in the dark because of the uneven rocks and our limited lighting.
My headlamp is pathetic and unfortunately the only one working. Alex’s headlamp mysteriously died, even fully charged. We’ll check the bulb when we get back but there was no convenience store in Desolation Sound so that would have to wait. We have a very bright lantern so we set that up as best as we could for lighting, but lanterns like to be hung up, not on a rock. Our emergency flashlight came in handy (thanks mom!) but it’s slower to load when you’re holding a light too. All in all it only took us two hours between waking up and launching, despite the lack of lighting.
Thankfully by the time we launched the sun was thinking about waking up, giving us enough light to see the water right in front of us and enough contrast to see the big land masses.
The water was calm for the most part, with random swirling currents in a few spots, making it difficult to keep straight.
As the miles passed the sun came up higher and turned into a beautiful morning.
We got back to Seattle with enough day light to rinse our gear off and pick some fruit and veggies from our garden.