We ended up staying two more days in Prideaux Haven, one of the premier anchorages in Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park. The unsettled weather persisted, including strong southeast winds in the straits. However, it was calm in the anchorage and was a good place to stay until we had better traveling weather. Our day started out cloudy and dry, but the rain set in by mid-morning and turned into a downpour for the rest of the day…and night…and next day…and night… You get the picture.
Before the heavy rain started, we launched the kayak and I paddled over to check out the boats in Melanie Cove, a cozy inner harbor that offers shallower anchoring and the best views of the mountains. We used to anchor in there with Carina, but as it became more popular, we often found it crowded. So we prefer to anchor in the larger harbor to have more room around us. Of course, there aren’t many boats here now, so perhaps that doesn’t matter!
It was fun to paddle around Melanie Cove. It’s pretty in there, and the rocks and trees haven’t changed much in the 30+ years since we were first there. I remember much of the shoreline since we thoroughly explored it with our dinghy in previous visits. It was fun to go back to a familiar place. The fresh water stream is still in the same place, flowing over rocks into the cove. That has been, and still is, a good source of fresh water if the tanks are low.
Even though we were getting drenched with rain, it wasn’t particularly cold, with temps in the high 50s and low 60s. And we did have some dry breaks from time to time. We were happy to stay in the calm, secure anchorage and relax, read, and do chores around the boat.
We’ve managed to keep our electrical system working by running the generator several times a day. It’s still a worry, as our batteries aren’t charging efficiently, probably because of the two bad batteries. We will look for a marina with power when we leave here.