Tuesday, August 14, 2007
We are in Barkely Sound, among the islands known as the Broken Group. This is a kayakers' paradise, and we have had fine, sunny weather for the past few days. Yesterday, we were able to accomplish the kayak trip to the Sea Lion colony at the very western edge of these islands. Because this is an exposed location, pounded by the swells from the Pacific, a kayaker needs a flat sea and good weather to make this trip. We had the calmest of conditions, and were able to get within a few hundred yards of this colony, overwhelmed by the barking and splashing as these huge creatures lunge around the rocks. We were reluctant to paddle closer than we did - after all, these Stellar Sea Lions can weigh up to 1000 kg!