Anchor up at 7:15 am and off we went to Hot Springs island.
After a short trip of 7 miles we all set our anchors. Captain Rich did not want
to raft any more, and I can’t blame him. Deception,
Patos and Grand
Adventure dropped anchor in the rocky “marginal area” in front of the Hot
Springs while Change of Latitude, Dream Catcher and Alaskan Dream continued around to the shallow and more protected
spot between Hot Springs and House island. Our anchor set well and we headed off
in the mist on Deception's "ferry dinghy" to the Island, not certain whether we were going to lounge in one of the hot
spring pools or if we would just explore.
We took quick showers ashore in the facility provided on the island and then headed back to the small hot springs "pool" away from the cabins and showers. It was fabulous;: not too hot, clear, cozy and private. We enjoyed it so much, we stayed in for about 40 minutes. While in the pool, the rain stopped and it was pretty magical. Jordan ferried us back to Alaskan Dream and we left at 10:38am.
The schedule changed enroute and we skipped an overnight at Mathieson and preceded directly to Rose Inlet in preparation for SGang Gwaii tomorrow. It was a good idea so we can make up our lost extra day in Prince Rupert.
There were swells and we rolled some for one and a half hours. I made yummy egg scramble with hot sausage, tomatoes, boat cheese, curried onions and green peppers and a fig balsamic glaze. Yum! I nearly fell over a few times making breakfast while Karen was at the helm. After two hours we traded off, and Karen slept for 45 minutes. The weather changed to calm and the sun was thinking about coming out. It was a +5 hour run with swells, but not too bad overall.
I continued to try to get the watermaker working, but to no avail. As we approached the entrance to Rose Harbour, we did see one whale. Deception put the pedal to the metal and rushed up Rose Inlet, made a hard right turn, and dropped anchor behind Ross Island. We continued a bit further up the inlet and found a nice spot to anchor.
Everyone else got protected spots behind Ross Island. We were the furthest up the inlet and less protected, but the calm conditions made for a peaceful night. Had a beer and some snacks and soon Jordan came to look at the watermaker and declared that the raw water pump was dead.
Tomorrow only Deception and Dream Catcher travel to SGang Gwaii to limit our impact on the small anchorage. We get to ride along on Dream Catcher with Lance and Kathy along with the crew from Patos. Jordan will come over and ferry us to Dream Catcher at 7:45 AM. We are happy to not be one of the two boats because we do not need to clean our boat in anticipation of guests!
We did see a small Sitka Black Tail deer on beach behind us. And one noisy seal bared his teeth at us when we went on the bow to deploy the bridle.
Dinner was hoisin pork tenderloin and maple glaze carrots.