A great way to end the summer
I’ve always loved cooking and trying new things out so when the opportunity arose to spend a month working as a cook on the Piraeus charter ketch, I jumped on board without an ounce of hesitation...and the rewards were so much more than what I had expected!
Photo Credit: Bill Woodworth
On any typical trip, the wooden 54 foot sail boat is out for 4-7 days and carries between 4-8 people on board, including the captain and one crew member. (insert picture of boat). Wind, tides and the captain’s sound knowledge guides the 24 ton boat throughout Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, affording passengers and crew alike a wonderful adventure.
The first unexpected reward : meeting the passengers! Each person that comes aboard the sailboat has imagined, dreamt, saved and waited for this experience. They each have a story to share about their attraction to this wonderful place and sharing in their dream coming to fruition was a true blessing. From meeting them at their hotel/b&b to seeing their child like wonder when they first come on board to swapping stories around meals and relaxing on the deck, taking in all of the sites, to exchanging pictures and coming out of the trip as friends, passengers were definitely one of the perks of this experience.
Once we are all on board and start heading out from Moresby Camp, the adventure truly begins, which brings me to the second reward : the sights...Haida Gwaii’s natural beauty – the mountains, the water, the trees, the wildlife, the sunsets and sunrises, the rainbows, the mist, the sunlight piercing through the clouds – breathtaking at every moment. Starting your day off with gray whales splashing around while sipping on delicious freshly brewed coffee in the morning; spotting a black bear swimming in the narrows at high tide while cutting up some veggies for the days’ lunch; an afternoon of snorkeling with nudibranchs, rock scallops, sea stars, giant mussels, sea cucumbers, and the thousand other sea creatures and aquatic plants that color the ocean all the colors of the painters palette; an evening kayaking amongst hundreds of Lion’s Mane jelly fish, with their slow motion making them look like sea ghosts; an evening of listening to the rain’s pitter patter on the roof while reading Susan Musgrave’s amazing new book A Taste of Haida Gwaii; watching the luminescence light up the water during a night sail to a safe cove where the full moon rise over the mountain top...the true meaning of bliss!
Photo Credit: Jamie McDonald
And I haven’t even mentioned the Haida heritage sites yet! The third reward this experience facilitated is the visit of all of the heritage sites in the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Walking through forests with giant trees, their width and height so majestic and impressive, the moss everywhere along the forest floor, imagining these sites come to life through the voices of the watchmen walking us through the remnants of long houses and poles was such a treat...as was soaking in the luxurious hot water of the Hot Springs, looking out on the vast panoramic view, ocean, mountains and birds surrounding us.
Finally, what kind of cook would I be if I failed to mention the amazing food we all had the chance to savor! Various culinary creations honoring local fresh salmon, halibut and crab were served on a daily basis – from ceviche to sushi, fish burgers to crab cakes, smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese for breakfast to Thai coconut curry halibut for supper – guests and crew reveled in an array of smells and flavors throughout their sailing adventure.
Photo Credit: Jamie McDonald
All senses were fully satiated on this wonderful adventure…
If this sounds like the type of adventure you would be up for, contact us at 250-360-6184 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your trip for the upcoming season which runs from May to September. For more information, visit www.sailpiraeus.com