Cape Caution

20110621_20-12-59.jpgWelcome to the edge of the world. The weather forecast was quite good and so we’re now about three hours north of Port Hardy, nearing a place named, somewhat ominously, Cape Caution. We’ve left the protection of the cluster of small islands to the north-east of Vancouver Island and are now crossing unprotected waters. (“Those of you on the port (left) side of the boat, if you look carefully, you can see Japan.”)

20110622_11-50-35.jpgAfter spending so much time in narrow channels working out way up between Vancouver Island and the Mainland, everything now seems overwhelming in its expanse. This is the largest stretch of unprotected water we’ll be crossing during our trip up to Prince Rupert and I can understand why this is a stretch of the trip that demands respect; if the weather suddenly turned and things got unpleasant, there’s nowhere to run and hide for a couple hours of travel in any direction.

20110622_11-16-50.jpgToday, the water is very different than yesterday afternoon’s excitement: the amplitude might be almost the same (6-8 feet) but the frequency is significantly lower. Those were waves yesterday, these are called swells. There’s no crashing and spraying, just a languid rise and fall as we ride from crest to trough and back again. Supposedly this is the stuff that can make you seasick, not yesterday’s weather. Fortunately, I feel fine so far.

A few more hours up and past Cape Caution and we’ll be back in protected waters.

During the trip, you can either check this blog for the latest entries, or you can go to this interactive map of all the blog posts related to this trip. You can also find photos from the trip on Flickr.