Paddling to Island 44

Loading the kayaks at the top of Little Espinosa Inlet on a foggy morning.


We got an early start the next morning, as we wanted to break camp, drive to the north end of Little Espinosa Inlet, load the boats and paddle the ten miles to Island 44 before the afternoon winds built strength. All went smoothly, and by 9 AM we were moving south down the Little Espinosa with a favorable current helping us along. We had about 1/4 mile visibility in fog, so upon entering the main Espinoza Inlet, we held a compass heading which would take us to the far side of the inlet well before reaching open water.


Launching at Little Espinoza Inlet

Ready to launch.


Starting down the Little Espinosa.

Starting down the Little Espinosa Inlet.


Lisa paddling.

Paddling across Espinosa Inlet in fog. Lisa in the foreground.


Behind the reef.

Moving down Espinosa inlet as the fog starts to burn off.



Moving down the Espinosa. Marianne in the black Romney kayak.


Yearling black bear.

After an hour and a half of paddling we entered a bay for a rest stop. A yearling black bear watched us approach and then ambled up the beach. We elected to continue to the next beach.

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Here is a video of the bears we saw on Day 1 and Day 2.



Crossing the more open Esperanza Inlet under blue sky.

Rosa Island Beach

Protected sandy beach at the Rosa Island campsite.

Guys from Whistler.

Four kayakers from Whistler, B.C., were settled at the Rosa Island campsite. We would cross paths with them several more times.

Eagle on a cliff.

A bald eagle enjoys a prime vantage point.


Jill dresses up with a starfish.

Jill dresses up with a starfish, while Becky makes her own statement.


Lisa photographs a deer on Island 44

We paddled a short distance to Island 44 and explored the north side for the best campsite. Two deer were standing on the beach, and when we approached they walked towards us, curious about our presence.


Island 44

We soon found the site which was close to the bear lockers and the toilet. We spent the next hour setting up camp before walking around to explore our home for the next three nights.


Don's kitchen.

I prepare a lunch in my driftwood kitchen.

Deer on a rocky bluff.

On our walk, we saw the deer comfortably settled on a rocky bluff, where they had a good view and soft grass.