While I have followed this forum in the background for some time, this is my first post, so let me start with a sincere Thank You to everyone, as I have gleaned so much helpful information here over the years. My wife and I made our West Coast paddling debut last week with a trip to the Broken Group. We wanted to get an early start on the water and spent the night before launching at the Secret Beach camp ground. They were in the early season mode and still have evidence of ongoing construction on the grounds, but we found a very nice spot and had a very comfortable evening to do the final sorting of our gear. Our launch on Monday was under beautiful skies and calm winds. We had a wonderful paddle through the islands at a relaxed but consistent pace to reach Clark Island shortly after noon. There was only a group of four on the island, and we had our choice of spots. The wind built steadily over the next few hours necessitating a move from the West side of the point to a more sheltered location on the East facing side. Camping on soft sand just a few feet from the high tide line was awesome. The next morning we set out for a planned trip to Effingham, but turned back after an hour or so as the winds built with gusts over 35 knots. There was plenty of tide pools and trails to explore on Clark so it wasn’t a big disappointment. On Wednesday, it was sunny skies, but still with a strong NW wind. As we were having coffee and sharing stories with our island mates, Aaron from the beach keepers arrived. He said he wasn’t able to make it out the day prior because of the winds. Unfortunately in addition to an updated weather forecast that predicted winds building to 40+ knots, he also brought news from Secret Beach that our car was one of three that had been broken into overnight. The thieves also broke into the Secret Beach office stealing their generator and cash register. Secret Beach was supposed to have security cameras covering the area, but apparently they weren’t working and there was no on-site security patrol either. The beach keepers strongly advised we stay put overnight because of the winds, but things cleared nicely by morning and we decided to cut our trip short by 2 days and head back in early to deal with the damage. They took our two duffle bags of clothes that we planned to change into on return and our prescription driving sunglasses, but what really hurt was that they also stole the small bag with our kayak tie down straps and bow/stern lines. I keep one spare set of straps in the trunk, but I was wracking my brain how to transport our second boat down the long gravel road from Secret Beach to Hwy 4. Fortunately Kevin, from Majestic Kayak, was just landing with a private party, and he had a box of extra straps and agreed to sell me a set right there – thank you again Kevin! We were able to get the window fixed in Duncan the next day and completed the rest of the trip without problems. Having our items stolen and the hassle factor of the repair and insurance claims were certainly a downer, but the Broken Group did not disappoint. There are bad people everywhere and we won’t let this deter us from our planned Clayoquot trip in August.