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... us how red cedar bark was woven with stinging nettle to make nets and rope used to harvest salmon hundreds of years ago. He was also in a somber mood as one of his Chiefs had passed away late last night. After receiving a call on his radio, he hopped back on the zodiac and raced off to protect the Robson Bite. We passed the fresh salmon around on a large piece of bark and were pretty happy with ourselves.
The paddle back was easier than fighting ...
... and sparklers going to congratulate them. It was a really special moment and I can't imagine how great it was for them.
That night we played Cards Against Humanity and were literally crying with laughter after the first few hands. If you don't know what Cards Against Humanity is... just know that it is a funny card game and we can leave it at that. Just as we really started to get rowdy, we heard a whale blow and everyone ran to go see if we could ...
Sunday, July 6 . . . Shoal Bay
We began our exit from the bay in the rain, pulling the prawn traps as we entered the channel. We were rewarded with a bounty of more than a 100 of the largest spot prawns we have ever eaten, and we have eaten a few. More butter was purchased in Echo Bay and discomfort was enjoyed as we consumed the first half of the catch.
A short dinghy ride out of our solitary anchorage took us to ...
... stopped to eat. Had whales off to the starboard side about 2 miles away and when I sat to have my traditional coffee with MK, (she's not here, and I don't drink coffee) there were dolphins cavorting in our wake. I've never seen so many dolphins. Finally got smart and did a video instead of still shots.
Attended the excellent program by Doug Jones retired ...
... the usual Symphony of Fire on the front deck. As the fireworks shoot up into the night sky, that snug little mountain chalet and that group of good friends seem like the e best place in the world from which to launch 2014. Thanks Jeff and Marianne for having us all to your little piece of north island paradise!
A seasonal haiku from an old book:
The snowy wood....