Broughton Archipelago/Johnston Straits 2013

So I make another BA/JS  entry . . . our 9th season here with the COLUMBIA III.  There will be lots of really good shots in the photo gallery. If you are a new reader here, you can scan the gallery over the years and you will see. The British Columbia coast is very generous and we, among many, are the beneficiaries. The good weather, the great paddling terrain and the abundant marine life make this area a pleasure to return to each summer for our “fix” of Orcas, dolphins, seals, humpback whales and all manner of sea birds, eagles, and inter-tidal life . . . once again, “Thank-you”, to this precious place!

Here a grizzled old sea captain, (read “blog master”) scans the horizon with a keen eye . . ._DSC6628

The Broughton area is famous for marine wildlife for a very good reason. Here Luke Hyatt captures more great marine mammal shots. Just for the record, 98% of our good wild life shots on this website are captured by our son-in-law, Luke, or our daughter, Miray. Good work and “Thanks!”

Here a white-sided dolphin charges the Columbia III._DSC8393

and a killer whale pops up to investigate the group . . ._DSC8835

Spy hopping

and another whale decides to come along-side . . .  We are supposed to keep our distance, but after 57 years in their waters, the Columbia III seems to require a close inspection on occasion. We just turn the engine off and hold our breath, even it the whales don’t!_DSC9034

. . . and another group passes by._DSC9115

And a Dalls porpoise swings past for a visual inspection, eye to eye with guests on the front deck._DSC9170

And a humpback  whale. Each whale can be uniquely identified by the colouring and scaring of their tails.tavishcampbell-1476

Getting ready for another day’s paddling in the summer sun of the Broughton Archipelago.2013-08-17_18-38-48_k

A great lunch pull-out.2013-08-18_23-38-54_k

Ace guide, Luke Roman, displaying the latest in West Coast kayak-guide fashion. Kelp accessories . . . or should I say, “Heaven kelp me!”2013-08-19_02-21-15_k


Here is a “CRAZY” story . . . I was once a young man. I was once in grade 12 chemistry. I once had a grade 12 chemistry partner who helped me figure out obscure chemical equations and happened to like hiking and rock climbing . . . . Fast forward FORTY YEARS . . . and Karen came to join us paddling . . . . It was fun to catch up, though her memory was far better than mine. . . .Columbia_III_Wheelhouse-2

Lead guide, Steve has difficulty staying upright . . .DSC_5228

This shot brings a lot back for me. We had a group charter the boat for their second tour with us. Actually Joan and Bob have joined us three times but only twice as a whole boat charter . . . The group was very interested in the local First Nations and so I tried extra hard to arrange a visit to our favourite spot.  Tsatsisnukwomi Village.  There resides here a most gracious Chief; soft spoken, careful to choose his words, and full of stories and insights that capture us completely, every time we visit. His story is one of great hardship and noble struggle against huge odds, and it is impossible not to be moved by the visit. So this picture captures a “moment” as we left the village, Joan looking back at the village disappearing, the full impact of the visit with the elder Chief sinking in. We all felt subdued and reflective. A few tears came to Joan’s eyes, and her husband came out to comfort her. I don’t really take a lot of photos, but I raced through the galley to grab the camera and raced aft to capture this shot. IMGP5604

Here’s a few fun photos that our son, Tavish, took.  When he was sailing last year, from Costa Rica to Hawaii, he had lots of time to perfect his technique . . . He jury-rigged a camera to a kite and figured out how to aim the camera back at the boat . .  . Here, in the Broughton Archipelago he puts this grand skill to work. These next three shots are not taken from an expensive helicopter, but from a camera tied to a very long piece of string! Aided by wind!DCIM102GOPRO



I always thought it was perfectly normal to face backwards driving a computer mouse whilst driving the Columbia III forwards, but upon further reflection I think I have created a new yoga pose . . ._DSC5917 - Ross is hip

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