Friday, February 25, 2011

Finally, we're away

We finally left Opua for good on Febuary 8th.  This seems to be a pattern:  We left Seattle September 8th, 2009.  We left Puerto Vallarta April 8th, 2010.  It was late in the day, so we just went a short distance to one of the many beautiful bays nearby:  Orokawa Bay.  There are protected anchorages for any wind and wave direction.  There are so many choices.  Many bays are quite large, so many boats can fit.  Also, the bottoms are usually moderate uniform depths, so anchoring is usually pretty easy.

Albert Pass on a sunny day
 The next day was calm and rainy, so we motored out of scenic Albert Pass past scenic Cape Brett.  We anchored in another well protected by called Whangamum.

During the night I heard a strange noise and went on deck to investigate.  I couldn't see anything so I went back to bed.

The next morning I heard the noise again.  It was a small pod of dolphins fishing in the bay.  One of them was wheezy and that was the noise I had heard in the night.

Whangamumum another beautiful spot that with a now abandoned whaling station.  There are few foundations left and signs describing the buildings and the whale killing, slaughteriug and rendering.  There are even some old photographs.  It must have be really gory, and foul smelling.  Local workers would walk miles over the steep hills to work there.  The trails still exist.

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