Land Exploration

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We spent the next couple days exploring the Graham Island by car and by foot.

We saw lots of bald eagles.

Bald Eagle

The long white sandy beaches of Naikoon Park, the northeast corner of the Queen Charlottes.

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This region is completely flat except for the abrupt Tow Hill, which provided us a climbing hike and a view.

Tow Hill - Path - Boardwalk - Naikoon ParkTow Hill - Looking West - Naikoon ParkTow Hill - Naikoon ParkTow Hill - Naikoon ParkTow Hill - pan - Naikoon Park

We visited the site of the former Golden Spruce.

The Golden Spruce - Fallen, Dead, Across the RiverThe Golden Spruce - Fallen, Dead, Across the RiverAlong the Golden Spruce Trail - A Big StumpAlong the Golden Spruce Trail - A Big StumpAlong the Golden Spruce Trail - A Squirrel

A couple of unfinished Haida canoes in the forest. I have read that these probably date from the mid-1800s.

Sign: "Haida Canoe"Haida Canoe Test CutHaida CanoeHaida CanoeHaida Canoe Test CutGreen StumpAnother Haida CanoeAnother Haida Canoe

Driving west to Rennell Sound, down the famous 25% grade.

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Rennell Sound, Bonanza Beach

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A cave on the shore.

Rennell Sound - CaveRennell Sound - Cave

Hiking to Yakoun lake

Yakoun Lake Trail - Deer Fence - SignYakoun Lake Trail - Big TreesYakoun Lake Trail - Big TreesYakoun LakeYakoun LakeYakoun Lake - SplashYakoun Lake Trail - Huge Log

Queen Charlotte Island sunset

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Taking the ferry south to Sandspit and the airport for our flight home. The Pigeon Guillemots ride — and nest — on the ferry.

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