march 30, 2009 03:34pm
We had the Dundas Kid out for a cruise on Sunday. The morning was beautiful, with a bit of sun, and some overcast skies. There were porpoises close to the shore at Kwinitsa Station on Prince Rupert's water front, and as we stopped to watch them, a hungry Bald Eagle dropped out of nowhere to snatch up a small fish a mere twenty feet from us. Our water front is truly entertaining, even when you least expect it. We stopped to talk with members of the Coast Guard Auxillary, as they pulled up along side us in their fast response inflatable. They had been out to Big Bay, where the herring spawn is going on right now, and they said the marine life was everywhere, with humpback whales feeding, and sea lions and seals taking part, as well as seabirds by the thousands. "The ocean was alive," was how it was described. They also said the winds were rising out there, and the sea was getting pretty lumpy. We chose to stay in our protected harbour for the rest of our little cruise. The temperature is still pretty chilly, and we were reminded that it is not quite spring yet, snow mixed with rain for the afternoon. We cruised at 24 knots into the blustery wind, and as the snow hit the windows, we were thankful to have the comfort of the fully enclosed cabin.