With a busy day ahead, I somehow managed to extricate myself from my surprisingly-comfortable berth and dress for breakfast and the morning ahead. With almost a week spent onboard Outer Shores Expeditions’ Passing Cloud as we sail through Haida Gwaii’s Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, everyone onboard is well into their adventure expedition shipboard routines.
With a few exceptions, breakfast is served most mornings at 8:00, and I am usually up and on-deck by 7:30. Getting ready for breakfast takes mere minutes: without having to shave, shower (this is done every other day onboard Passing Cloud, usually in the afternoons), or even worry about how my hair looks, I just have to pull on some clothes and head topside.
Dressing for the kind of rain we experienced this morning, however, is another matter. It’s a true production, with rain coats and rain pants being pulled out of the engine room hatch where they’ve been set to air-dry from the heat emanating from Passing Cloud’s Volvo Penta engine.
Because it was nearly raining sideways this morning, I made the call to not bring my Nikon DSLR with me. It had still not fully dried out from our outings yesterday, and I felt bringing it would have practically destroyed it. It turned out to be a good decision, as the rain barely let up during our morning explorations ashore.
It was also a terrible decision, in that it means I have no photographs of our only bear sighting thus far.