Dream versus reality

I had gotten it into my head that once I arrived in Cape Bathurst, I would head directly to Cape Parry… In the blink of an eye and in one quick hop I’d be there. Yes, it was something I had imagined, but it was only just a dream! The reality of the situation turned out quite differently. While at Cape Bathurst, where I was waiting for the right moment to continue on my way, a white wall materialised before my eyes blocking my path—ice, as far as the eye could see, right where I wanted to go! Having had what I consider a little too much close-up experience with this recently, I decided against taking the ice head on and opted for heading down the coast trying to get around it from the south.

The only problem was I didn’t know where to find shelter along this coast if need be. And sure enough, a few hours after departing, the clouds rolled in, icy rain fell all day long and the storm-tossed sea made for hours of tiresome work. I dropped anchor at the base of the truly amazing Smoking Hills (I looked them up on the internet but I’ll admit that due to my state of fatigue, I won’t be able to give you an exact rendering). An event-filled stopover where, in addition to everything else, I almost lost my sleeping bag.

I had taken advantage of the rare sunshine to dry everything outside when a gust of wind, travelling down the hills sweeping everything away in its path, snatched my sleeping bag which it proceeded to drop into the sea… I gave it two seconds of thought, but after a small hesitation I dove into the water head first to retrieve it because this sleeping bag is not just a mere sleeping bag—it allows me to enjoy a bit of warmth in the heart of this icy, humid environment. Without it, I would almost certainly freeze during stopovers.

To make a long story short, the sleeping bag is back on board, I managed to dry it out as best I could, and to be honest, even though it’s damp and salty, it still feels wonderful to crawl inside! As for me, I didn’t even have time to realise just how icy cold the water was as I was obsessed with this rescue mission. Only once I was back on dry land did I realise that my teeth had been chattering without me being able to do anything about it! Hot coffee and a little magic box with a piece of hot coal inside that you keep close to your body (thank you Yves for this amazing gift which is never far from me)… and I was back to normal!

Before my next update, I still have a little ground to cover and I can only hope that the ice doesn’t get in my way!

I’ll be in touch very soon!

10 COMMENTS
  • Danielle Herr
    Reply

    C’était courageux de se mettre à l’eau. Coquin de sac de couchage ! Un précieux compagnon tout de même. ☺

  • John Herrick
    Reply

    Wow, quite an experience, that sleeping bag is an important piece of equipment, it will save your life! Sorry you had not fastened it down and the wind stole it! Best wishes for a less eventful trip as you go along!

  • fronzes
    Reply

    Bonjour ou bonsoir je ne sais pas,
    Anne merci de nous envoyer des nouvelles même si tu nous fais peur avec tes glaces, ton plongeon !!!
    Tu nous aides à relativiser les tracas du quotidien : zut je me suis cassé un ongle, mon chéri a oublié le pain !!!
    Allez bon vent et bonne mer
    Bisous au caramel au beurre salé’

  • Francis Benveniste
    Reply

    Anne, Je suis tres curieux : il faut que tu publies une pix de ta “can of warm”. Kimbe red, le mur de glace va s’ouvrir.

  • calvez rozenn
    Reply

    Baisers brûlants , nôtre seule façon de te venir en aide! C est parti !

  • Christian Rennes
    Reply

    Décidément, rien ne vous est épargné. Cette mésaventure du sac aurait pu vous être fatale ! J’espère sincèrement, que cette adversité va se calmer. Nous pensons bien à vous et espérons à chaque fois vos nouvelles, qu’enfin se profile cet arbre de vie qui sera la réalisation de tous vos efforts. A bientôt, chère Madame, prnez bien garde à vous.

  • Olga et Paul
    Reply

    J aimerais bien être sur le drone pour suivre ton voyage et Polo prendrait les photos

  • Lolita Magallon
    Reply

    Il y a décidément rien de facile pour toi ma chère Anne. Aller récupérer ton sac dans l’eau glaciale était peut-être un geste intrépide!!!
    Je te souhaite moins d’embûches pour le reste de ton voyage et comme on dis “keep safe”.

  • Annie O’Neil
    Reply

    Never a dull moment on your adventures! But then it wouldn’t be an adventure! Shark and I wish you safe travels and pathways s through the ice????????

  • Voyage Adviser
    Reply

    Great conditions to advance down wind down swell into less than 1/10 sea ice, i.e. open.
    How many hours of propulsion can be achieved daily?
    Smooth sailing,
    Voyage Adviser

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