**Our Gulf Islands Trip: Day 6 – June 12, 2008

Our trip route - Day 6

Our trip route for Day 6

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Image courtesty of
KayakSuccor (aka R. Darling)

 

Our last day.  Though I desperately wanted (needed) a shower and I was ready to go home, there’s always that small desire to stay on vacation and run away from everything else in the “real” world.  I knew that when we got home, there’d be chores to do, gear to clean, and Father’s Day preparations, and I really wasn’t very keen on rushing back to that.  We had some paddling to do first!

After a little breakfast we got our gear on and the kayaks in the water with the plan to discover more of Sucia’s wonders.  As we started out of Fossil Bay, the weather was much nicer than what we’d encountered for most of the trip, but the wind was picking up a little as we reached less protected water.  I’m not a hugely experienced paddler so this made me a little nervous, but I tried to swallow my uneasiness and follow R. Darling’s lead.  From Fossil Bay, we paddled across the mouth of Snoring Bay (love that name), peeked around Johnson Pt. and then headed towards Echo Bay, passing the Finger Islands on the way.  There were seals, beautiful wooded islands, eagles, and astonishing cliff faces to draw our eyes up and away from the choppy water.

 

 

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Doesn’t that last photo look like a skull?  Creepy!  After reaching Echo Bay, we pulled the kayaks ashore and had a little break.  A granola bar and plain old water never tasted so good!  The sun was getting warmer despite the wind still blowing a bit, and it had turned into a really lovely morning.  Sucia Island has several spots where very small spits of land separate one side of the island from the other.  We had happened to land very near one of these narrow spots separating Echo Bay on one side and Shallow Bay on the other.  Taking a look at Shallow Bay, we saw that the water was nearly glassy calm on that side and decided it was feasible to carry our kayaks over land to the other bay.  I happened to be all for calmer waters. 

From Shallow Bay we paddled on down towards Little Sucia Island where we caught sight of a very regal bald eagle perched in a tree.  He seemed very unconcerned as we floated on by down below him snapping photos as he sat there.  It was wonderful to be able to get so close to such a majestic creature. 

 

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After seeing our share of Mr. Eagle, we paddled across Fox Cove (this was where we’d watched the sunset the night before) and headed out around Ev Henry Pt. and Wiggins Head on our way back into Fossil Bay.  It was a good 3 hours or so of paddling and we were starved!  While FIL got us under way for the trip back home, we heated up spaghetti from the night before and chowed down.  Then, complete with hot chocolate, we headed up to the flybridge for the rest of the trip home. 

 

Goodbye Sucia!
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So all in all, it was a fantastic trip, even if I didn’t get as much knitting done as I’d hoped ;)  Thanks for keeping me company as I recounted my memories and shared my photos.  It was fun to look back on everything with all of you.  We may not have found Sas and snapped that million dollar photo, but we definitely made million dollar memories.  I don’t think I’m quite done with my Sas dream though.  R. Darling and I decided that there are plenty of hairy Sasquatch-looking guys living around here.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if we bombarded Field & Stream with photos of hairy dudes?   There’s got to be a prize for Honorable Mention or something.  A girl can dream.

Hope you all had a Happy 4th of July!

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7 thoughts on “**Our Gulf Islands Trip: Day 6 – June 12, 2008

  1. I’ve been enjoying all your fun pictures and vacay recap over the last week. But now through some sort of vicarious transmission, my arms hurt.

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