Believe me, we were NOT going to continue, our nerves were shattered , not sure if we could do this, but then, as Curtsy was fully back to normal, we both said, “HEH!!! we came this far, we are not the giving up kind of people, so lets go!!!!! On June 12th Curtsy went back into the water, later on in the afternoon, we asked the owner if we could stay till the next morning, the tide would be in our favor too, plus we had to get fuel, that main tank was very empty!!! The boat was so dirty, so much mud and rocks and grid, we did the best we could to clean her up a bit. Remember we did not have any fresh water, had to haul it in 6 gallon containers from Ketchikan, a 35 minute drive. But we were both so grateful, we were not hurt, boat was fixed, yes, it was raining, again, but it cleaned off the boat a bit!!!
I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE FOREST ONE DAY AND IT CAME TO ME OUR STORIES,OUR SONGS, OUR NAMES, OUR HISTORY,OUR MEMORIES ARE NOT LOST!! ALL THESE RICHES ARE BEING KEPT FOR US BY OUR AUNTIES, OUR UNCLES, OUR GRANDPARENTS,OUR RELATIVES, THOSE NAMESAKES WHO WALK AND DANCE, WEARING ROBES THAT MAKE THEM SEEM LIKE BEARS AND WOLVES , OUR LOVED ONES , THOSE BEINGS WHO LIVE IN THE SPOKEN FOREST , THEY ARE HOLDING EVERYTHING FOR US. ERNESTINE HAYES
The park is truly beautiful, every totem tells a story, they are very significant in the lives of the First nation. Here are some of the poles. Continue reading
As Wayne could only do a bit at the time, each layer of fiber glass had to cure properly, we thought we might as well enjoy ourselves, keep our thoughts away from all that happened, we figured out the bus line, Silverline, and we used it a lot, for $5.00 US , we could travel all day, morning and night, after a while we got to know the drivers quite well, and they us!! ( there were those two funny Canadiens again , going into town). On June 10th, we took the bus North bound, we wanted to visit Totem Bight, our busdriver was an impressive looking fellow, First nation, Tlingit, his regular name is Tom, but his First nation name is Earthshake, it suited him!! He told us about himself, told us about the Haida ,coming here a long time ago and taking over the place, making the Tlingit slaves and taking their women with them. Well, Earthshake married a Haida, a woman full of fire and her name is Thunderwoman, so you can see this is a marriage full of energy and fire!!! I noticed that Tom was wearing the most beautiful silver cuffs on his wrists, First Nation carved.
Totem Bight is impressive, we arrived the same time as a bunch of tourists, but they were told to wait , so we quickly headed ahead of them, so i could take good photos, without a lot of folks in them. Did i mention that the sun was shining??? it was NOT raining????
We ventured out, looked around, there was really nothing more we could do, so we headed into town, met up with Vaughan and Rita and went to Historic Creek Street, and to the totem park. It rained. We had to haul our fresh water too, all the way from Ketchikan as there is no water at the haul out. We used the “sourdough taxi service ” for that. The drivers were great, very punctual and helpful.
I could not deal with hard noises, never liked them but now, each time, i was back at the accident scene. I had a hard time functioning, we did not talk about the accident, Bert and i, I kept in touch with our daughter Karen, who ,with her prayers and guidance kept me focused and slowly , but surely i started to feel a bit better. Eventually, Bert and i had one heck of a good cry about it all, damaging our beloved Curtsy, but also being so grateful for how immensly strong she is. We figure that a sailboat, with a bolted on keel would have sustained massive damage.
So, we went into Ketchikan, to look around, it has some very nice historic places, i love totems , so i took lots of photos, first of Creek Street, the creek was running full power, so much rain, i took photos of the signs on the walls , writing about the history, this way i would not be typing till midnight. (LOL)
Wayne came over every day, the hole was leaking salt water, so we then realized that the keel was now full of salt water, which had come in ,while the boat traveled to Ketchikan, there is a lot of pressure while traveling through the water. Like i wrote, we had 100 liters of diesel in the tank, which was now contaminated by the salt water. Bert now had to take it all out , by using a pump and large, stainless steel buckets. he hauled out 10 buckets of sea water, at 16 liters each, then the rest of the fuel, which was floating on top. By June 8, Wayne was filling in the hole, grinding the damage down, bit by bit, lying on his back, in the rain!! Bert had made eaves out of duct tape, so the water would stay away from the work area. Did i mention that Wayne is our age or older??? He and Bert noticed that , once the whole had been cleaned out, that Curtsy has had damage there before. Now Wayne started building up the keel, using a compound that dries rather fast, he would come back every day, work an our, leave again, let it dry, and add more material. IN the meantime, our boating friends, Don and Janice, from Waterford, decided that they were not going on, but leaving the boat in Ketchikan and travel by ferry to first Juneau and then Sitka. They had a marvelous time, we kept in touch with them as much as possible. Vaughan and Rita tied to the dock at the haul out place, were allowed to stay there for 2 nights, which they did, but i knew they were just itching to go, and meet the deadline for Glacier Bay park. So off they went, and we did not see them any more till just last week at Maple bay!!!!
Wayne kept on working, he had quoted Bert a price from 800 to a 1000 to fix the boat, we checked later on , and if we would have been home to do this, it would have cost thousands!!!!! We started to go on the bus to Ketchikan, might as well look around a bit, we had met up with our boating friends downtown and went out for lunch twice, oh my goodness, are the restaurants ever expensive!!! But remember, 4 cruise ships come into the harbor every day, all summer long. The town gets huge business out of that, but we noticed that some stores had signs saying, ” owned by local people!!”, so not by the cruise ship company. Once we were on our own, we would go into town in the evening, when the cruise ships are gone, and then it was very nice to be there.