Desolation Sound - Refuge Cove and Squirrel Cove
After a rough crossing of the Strait of Georgia from Nanaimo to Halfmoon Bay, we
anchored at Buccaneer Bay on Thormanby Island for the night.  The next morning was
calm ... zero wind, so we motored up Malaspina Strait and ended up anchored at Sturt
Bay on Texada Island.
Sturt Bay - also known as "Marble Bay" since there has been a quarry here in past years.
The village of Lund which is the last mainland grocery stop before enter the Desolation
Sound area.  We were still well stocked with food from our stay at Nanaimo so didn't stop.
The first view of Desolation.  The point on the right is Sarah Point and the sharp peak in
center is Mount Denman.  In a few days, we will be exploring this area in detail by
following Homfray Channel past the base of Denman.  
Mariposa at Refuge Cove Marina - This place is very busy in July and August but we
seem virtually alone here in September.  Right after taking this picture, a very large
cruise boat (`~100 ft.) knudged in between us and the shed to drop off some Japanese
tourists.  A float plane picked them up at the end of the dock.
Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island - we anchored here for a couple of nights to explore the
area on foot and in the dinghy.   
Copious smoked salmon on a salad for dinner.
Mariposa at Squirrel Cove.
The sign above the door indicates this is a floating bakery for the numerous boats
anchored in Squirrel Cove during the high season.  Sadly, they had closed for the winter
before our arrival.
Good thing we tied the dinghy to a big rock!  JoAnn cheerfully waded out to retrieve the
painter after the tide rose.
Salt water stream!  This is actually the flow back into Squirrel Cove from a nearby
lagoon that fills at high tide.