Desolation Sound Marine Park
|Rustic Refuge Cove, just across the way from Squirrel Cove.
Open only during summer, it’s a great place
for a pit stop and minor provisioning.
A week’s worth of travel and at last we reached our destination. Why a place so stunningly picturesque is dubbed “Desolation Sound” is a mystery. Hmmm… maybe a future topic post? Unless someone else wants to chime in!
|A popular area for boats to “raft”
(tie together) , in this case
likely to party together
Widely lauded by guidebooks and other “yachties” (boaters), Squirrel Cove was on our “must do” list. We were less enchanted. Don’t get us wrong — Squirrel Cove is a pleasant enough spot, wide enough to accommodate a crowd with ease.
|Eventually, Dana’s persistent
hand waving beaconed
these shrimpers our way
|Shrimp — welcomed
to our hot tub
We bought their locally caught shrimp and treated them to our hot tub, with much lip smacking afterward.
|Wayne pulling seaweed off
our anchor — streaming
~5′ long and HEAVY!
The next morn, our planned hike went awry as we were unable to find the trailhead based on our guidebook’s no longer existing landmark, “Marilyn’s Salmon” Café. After two tries, each at different anchors, where we rowed ashore, we gave up.
|Recently built Indian
We ambled about, determined to get in some kind of walk before taking off. Our turnaround was the new local Native American community center. On the way back, we chatted for a while with another cruising couple who tried to entice us the night before to head over to the local creek swimming hole. Turns out the water there rose quickly with a wicked current, trapping the swimmers there until 10 pm!