shot from the floats as the pilot taxied through the kelp beds to drop us on the beach at Tanu, QCI
I still find it hard to believe that I had such a plan. I knew nothing about currents, tides and weather in that area and had no radio in the event we got into difficulty. We left Jedway a few days after school was out. Packed all our worldly goods into a shipping container and left our car at Jedway to be shipped out as deck cargo on Northland Navigation's Skeena Prince as soon as space was available. Then we packed a small amount of camping gear and some tools and arranged for BC Airlines to drop us off at Tanu. When the pilot asked us when we wanted to picked up we said "never" We didn't tell him about our plan to build a raft and drift up the coast to Sandspit. If we did, he would have told us we were crazy and we didn't need another chorus of that tune.
I got out on the float as we were sailing the Dehaviland Beaver into the beach and after unloading our gear helped the pilot turn the aircraft away from the beach so he could take off. At that time there was only one pole visible at Tanu. There were also a few house sites and depressions in the soil where houses had been located inside the margin of the forest and parallel to the beach.