Exactly a year ago now my dad and I went on a cruise. But this was no ordinary cruise. We spent 5 days and 5 nights on the MV Aurora Explorer, a 135′ steel landing craft. The Aurora Explorer is an active working vessel that takes 12 passengers per trip as it makes deliveries and pickups throughout the Broughton Archipelago along the west coast of Canada. We started our journey just north of Campbell River and headed north through Johnstone Straight, between Vancouver Island and the mainland. We delivered building supplies, fuel, food, beer, lots more beer, and machinery. We were way off the beaten path. This boat services areas that are not accessible by road and the majority of our days were spent sailing past wilderness without any sign of humans. We made stops at fish farms, logging camps, private vacation properties, and secluded towns. The Aurora Explorer is a working freight boat so when the crew were making deliveries we had to stay out of their way but at other times we had free rein of the ship.