Eventually, the northwest winds weakened long enough for us to leave Haida Gwaii and make the jump to Alaska. Despite the bonus days in Queen Charlotte city, our time in Haida Gwaii felt unsatisfyingly short. It is such a diverse and intriguing place, though, that even a month might feel too quick to see it all. As we sailed north and I looked back at the lush green hillsides, I knew that this was only an overview trip, that I would find my way back to the Islands of the People to spend more time in their rugged beauty and elaborate culture. And then I looked forward, to the 5,300 nautical miles ahead of us. We have many more places to visit.