We woke at 4:30 this morning to a strange noise. The Captain went to look and a huge fallen tree had entered Mermaid Bay and settled in next to the True Love.
At first, it was caught on our anchor and along the port side of the boat. Well that’s new. It was still too dark to deal with it so we tried going back to bed. The First Mate couldn’t relax so we got up again at first light about 30 minutes later. The shifting tides had already pushed the tree away from the anchor, but it’s root system was now getting tangled in our stern line. No worries (as they often say here in Canada). We untied the stern line and the tree floated away. Throughout the encounter, our amazing new anchor and anchor chain remained solidly attached to the bottom of the bay.
The sun was now rising so I thought why not try to fish?
I immediately caught two small rock fish (the first fish I’ve caught since I was a child), but they were too small to eat so we unhooked them and set them free.
By 6:30 AM we had solved the tree problem, caught two fish, and had breakfast. We both feel very accomplished. Today our plan is to cruise from here, through “hole-in-the-wall” (a narrow channel with tidal rapids) to one of our favorite spots from two years ago: Octopus Islands. We expect to hang out there, kayak and enjoy our third day in a row of beautiful, warm, sunny weather.
Yours Very Truly,
The Captain and First Mate of the True Love
P.S. Here are a couple of sunset shots from last night at Dent Island.