Faster and Polka,
Thanks for the info. Yes, Victoria is great. For Americans, my wife and I have spent a lot of time in BC, Victoria and V. Island. We even honeymooned in Victoria, and were living in Berkeley, CA at the time. Shows we were meant for the NW.
I read something about Pipestem inlet that made it sound pretty great. Warmer and nearby falls and steep mountainsides. Sounds like it may be worth the trip.
We have an inflatable Innova double kayak onboard so I can always get my sea kayaking fix. It is awesome for being beefy, storing small and being so portable, even though it is not graceful in the water. For many years I taught sea kayaking in the SF Bay, and one summer paddled from Anacortes to Port Hardy solo. Absolutely amazing memories.
So even though we sail mainly now, I can't get to an anchorage and not want to jump in the kayak for a look around up close.
You hit the nail on the head with giving up a week of summer, Faster. Funny you said that, as that is exactly the conversation my wife and I have been having. We were torn about going back up into Desolation Sound where we are almost certain to have warmth and nice lake swimming or go somewhere new and wild like Barkley. We chose Barkley in part because we have never been there, in part because we want some more outer coast experience, and in part because we are nature loving folks and all the tales of tidepooling and whales and such sound worth the possibility of pea soup fog and 50 degree temeperatures.
Good excuse to tighten up the boat too.
Thanks again for the cheer and encouragement.
Tonight I am doing the chart work and creating our voyage plans. I love chart work.