Ghosts (& Crabs) of Ocean Falls

Approaching Ocean Falls.  Looks like a town in the middle of nowhere.

Approaching Ocean Falls. Looks like a town in the middle of nowhere.

What’s the deal with ghost towns? Back in the day they were vibrant, real, living towns with actual people living their lives…now they’re dead. So what. Right? Yet we love to walk around them and marvel at what was a-nd is-no-more. Even though towns like Bainbridge Island or even Bremerton had lots going on during the same era and we (by “we”, I mean–“I”) don’t really spend a lot of time dwelling on how many kids were in the Bremerton schools in 1945 or the population of Winslow in 1960. In a ghost town these things become “fascinating”. And that’s part of the reason we decided to sail to Ocean Falls–population 22 on Tuesday.
The town is in the middle of frickin no where 28 hrs by ferry from Pt Hardy). There is nothing around; we’re way up a fjord and there’s this town of 22 (formerly 5,000) at the base of a major dam with a power station built in 1900. In it’s hey day, this mill town had theaters, bowling alleys, large apartment buildings, cozy neighborhoods, and an olympic sized swimming pool. Now, a lot of those things are still there, just not the people. Weird. Like Charlton Heston in the Omega Man without the zombies (unless you consider “Nearly Normal Norman” our tour guide). We walk around the streets among houses and civic buildings almost completely deserted. We could go in and make our selves at home or do what-ever. No one will care.
On the practical side, the government warf is great, 20 bucks a night with great water and of course lots of power. There’s free wifi and paved roads to walk on. Leashes? We don’t need no stinking leashes–right Lucy? It’s a ghost town! Run wild. I know I did. With the crab that is. It’s unbelievable here. Mom & Dad’s buddy, Al Johnson, said crabbing was good here but I’m thinking this is the best ever. I personally ate 3 for dinner tonight. Everyone at the dock is raking them in. We’ve been running into the same boats over and over as we head north. Kinda fun to aquaint, say goodbye, then re-acquaint at another port down the road.
Anyway, the 20 mile sail “up-fjord” was well worth it–especially since it was another jib-only-run, no engine except to dock. South winds predicted for the next two days so we’ll try to head north and see where we end up. We miss Balder, Innarmorata, Destiny II, and of course Kiwi.

The dam still produces power even though the people left.

The dam still produces power even though the people left.

Donna & Dianna from Sea Fever with our town guide "Nearly Normal Norman"

Donna & Dianna from Sea Fever with our town guide “Nearly Normal Norman”

3 thoughts on “Ghosts (& Crabs) of Ocean Falls

  1. Psboatguy

    Wow! I want to vistit Ocean Falls! Great blogs. Glad to hear that the solar panels are doing their job and that Vanna (Heidi) is making life easy for you guys.

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  2. Marlene

    We missed you guys at yesterday’s PMYC solstice get together! Btw, Puff was inspired but Vanna even more so! Heidi seems a little lederhosen-ish. Just remember, no bad ideas. Hahaha. Glad to hear Lucy embraced her little grass mat….

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