Day 2: Crossing the Border Into Canada
We were up today at 0515 or so. Got the motor warmed up and anchor up. We headed north at around 0525. It was another great day. Sun out, no wind and the tide wasmwith us. Today we have to make a side trip to Port Hudson so Rod can meet up with his brother to get his passport. I’m just thankful I asked Rod about his passport prior to getting to Canada.
Departure: Port Madison GPS: 47 42.3577 N 122 29.9726 W
Destination: Clam Bay
Hour meter: 1138 (at Clam Bay)
Todays Distance: 105 mile
Total mile: 135 miles
We quickly made our way north. It is great to be running with the tide. Makes for faster progress out of Puget Sound. On the way north I made sausage, mushrooms, cheese scrambled eggs for breakfast. Rod and I split time on washing the dishes.
We arrived at Port Hudson around 0930. We got there about 15 minutes before Rod’s brother showed up with Rod’s passport. I went over to the marine store to see if I could get a spare running light. Turns out they had very few parts. By 1030 we were out of the marina heading for Point Wilson and the entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
It is flat calm out in the straits. Very little swell. The Point Wilson rip was non-existent. We powered all the way across the straits and up into Canada. We arrived a the Canadian customs dock in Van Isle Marina at 1640. I called the custom people on the phone and got our clearance number in record time. By 1700 we where pointing out of the marina and continuing our passage northward. We are pushing hard north. The tide is coming in so we are riding up north with the incoming tide, for now. Who knows how long we will go.
While we motored north we cooked hamburgers on the barbeque. Have to eat the fresh meet prior to it perishing. Our hamburgers were topped off with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce, with mustard and ketchup.
It was a great night motoring north. The Sun was a bright orange ball in the heavens, that sinks slower and slower behind the low islands of the Gulf Islands archipelago. There were no wind ripples on the water only small rolling waves. These rolling waves shimmered orange and yellow from the setting sun.
After dinner we continued to push north. We started to buck the tide a little. It was slowing down are progress by about a knot or so. We continued up to Clam Bay. We arrived at clam bay at 2100. There were already seven or so boats here. We found a spot to anchor and dropped the hook it was good to finally be stopped. It was a very long day. This is the furthest north I have ever gotten in 1 day, Tomorrow due to the tides and narrows we will not have to leave here all that early.
Sunset near Clam Bay