Playing Horseshoes with a Rusty Chain Link and Stick
Aboard the freighter Day Two April 2 2009
We arrived in Campbell River at breakfast time. I ate a waffle with maple syrup while we were loaded with a logging truck, explosives, cylinders of gas, and more trees. The sun began to peep out and we cleared Cape Mudge on the southern edge of Quadra Island and headed for Tobe Inlet. The captain opted for a more scenic route between East and West Redondo Island.
The sun is warm and it is quite pleasant on deck, particularly while leaning on the stack out of the wind.
I was rewarded with the sight of several bald eagles soaring, lots of ducks which we thought were buffleheads, and spying the arbutus tree—a deciduous evergreen with orange-ish red bark growing in the most awkward places along the rocky hills. Mussels, a favorite food of bears, covered many of the rocks but they (bears) are still hibernating.
On one small island we spied a grouping of signs in the trees. Apparently this is a contest between various ferries and other vessels—to see whose sign will be posted the highest. Several oyster farms were noted and the crew entertained us with stories of grizzlies and eagles. Somehow one valley’s mist was situated so as to create a rainbow rippling over and under the trees.
We reach our destination at Brem River and offload trees. The captain allows us to wander about on shore warning us not to go too far as this was where they saw the largest grizzlies they have ever seen. There is no-one here; the trees are stacked neatly with a tarp over them while we make snowballs and try to play a game of horseshoes with a chain link and a stick in the ground.
Too soon it is time to go aboard.
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