Back on track….

So on the 22nd, we arrived in an unnamed bay , off of Holkham bay, and anchored, i thought it also was Holkham bay but the other skippers were not so sure, we had a marvelous view of the mountain ridge to our left, and then to our right, as the boat turned, LOL!!!     The other two boats anchored near us, and we were then invited to come along the next day, together with Gail and Claire and Fee, (fiona), on Imagine, to head into Tracy arm, and check both Sawyer glaciers out!     Its would be pretty tricky going in with Curtsy and Ca Vahn, plus it would be a lot more fun all together, we were all going to bring goodies for lunch, Fee and Claire made a wonderful soup, Ann had baked home made bread, we brought goats cheese, crackers and pepper jelly, and Gail baked cookies!!!   They were so good!!!!      At 9 in the morning, Imagine came alongside, i made sure i had my camera equipment with me!!    So , away we went!!      Don is an excellent skipper, Ann kept a close eye on the chart, and on the ice, it didnt take long before we saw the bergs, first some small ones but they grew in size , and at that point, Don asked for two of us to go on ice duty, equipped with a boat hook, to keep the smaller pieces away from the hull.      Oh and did i mention that it was a bright SUNNY day??!!!

Alaska Tracy arm Taku bay 076ice we encountered before we got to Holkham bay.   What a gorgeous color!!  The dense glacier ice absorbs every other color of the spectrum except blue, and that’s what we see, just this beautiful blue.

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as i said, incredible views along the way….

Got a bit sidetracked there, we were now coming into glacier country, big mountains, with glaciers up high, most of them only reaching halfway down.   On June 22nd, we traveled towards Tracy arm, it became wilder and wilder here, and we wanted to stop and stare but the tide was in our favor too, so , better to go on!!     Somewhere we went into a small inlet, at the head was a glacier, coming down between towering mountains, the water was freezing cold, and had that green, silty color, from the runoff, its a weird feeling, to not be able to look into the water, especially when you anchor, and your anchor disappears below the water, you cannot see a thing, creepy feeling!!!      We traveled through Stephens Passage, and encountered “bergie bits”, as they are called, chunks of ice, coming out of Tracy arm and Endicott arm.        Now i just realized, after calling Bert for help, that we , while anchored in Thomas bay, explored into the Baird glacier mud flats, we tried to get as close as we could to the glacier, so i have to back track a bit, again, sorry about this , but its been a while, and the funny thing is that i wrote nothing about the Baird glacier in my log book, but i did take some great photos, so here they are!!!

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Incredible views along the way.

I think we were still in a state of turmoil, for myself, i felt like i was still floating, kind of an unreal feeling, we were seeing so much, and every animal coming our way, felt like a gift, a gift to keep me focused, to be alert.       I talked a lot, actually texted a lot with my daughter Karen, who gave me hope through prayer, over and over again, i would feel like i was falling apart, could not go on, and she would guide me right back on track, i needed to reach Bert, to somehow help him let it all go, to let the accident go, we were so fortunate, neither one of us was hurt, Curtsy is built like a tank, such a strong boat, a modern boat would not have done so well…….    so, Karen sent me a story, by text, here it is…

A PROFESSOR IN UNIVERSITY WAS TEACHING HIS CLASS ,I BELIEVE PSYCHOLOGY, AND ONE MORNING GAVE THEM A TEST, EACH ONE RECEIVED A PAPER, A WHITE PAPER WITH A SMALL, BLACK DOT IN THE MIDDLE.       THEY ALL LOOKED AT IT FUNNY, HE TOLD THEM TO WRITE ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW.       SO, THEY ALL STARTED, IT TOOK THEM A WHILE AND THEN HANDED IN THE PAPER.         THE PROF LOOKED THEM OVER, SMILED , AND THEN TURNED TO THE CLASS.      ALL OF YOU HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THE BLACK DOT, ITS SIZE, WHY IT WAS THERE, WHAT WAS ITS MEANING, AND ON AND ON…..      WELL, HE SAID, THIS PAPER IS ABOUT ALL THE WHITE, ALL THE WHITE YOU SEE, THAT IS YOUR LIFE, ALL THE GOODNESS, YOUR HEALTH, YOUR FAMILY, HOW TRULY RICH YOU ARE, THE BLACK DOT IS YOUR TROUBLES, AND LOOK HOW SMALL THEY ARE COMPARED TO YOUR GOOD LIFE.       THE WHOLE CLASS BROKE DOWN…..

So, Bert and i , after reading this, broke down too, we cried, and laughed, and hugged, and were and are oh so grateful!!!!!

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On June 22nd….

we traveled through Frederick Sound, around Cape Fanshaw, and tucked in behind Whitney island, anchoring in Cleveland Passage.     Bert was a bit cautious about this anchorage, as it is exposed but we did just fine, the other two boats anchored near us.  We again saw Dall’s Porpoise , as they rode the waves at our bow, and to our right, a family of Humpbacks surfaced, at least 12 of them, they were too far away for photos, they were jumping, and hitting their flukes on the water, creating quite a stir, i am not sure if they were bubble feeding, but busy they were!!!!      Usually , when you see lots of seabirds, tons of gulls in a certain spot, its a guarantee that whales are feeding!!     We had a good evening, and decided to head towards Tracy arm the next day, the other boats had the same plan, there are not that many anchorages in the area, especially ones that are not too deep.

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more about Thomas bay…

We had met up with three other boats here, i should mention them properly,  The first one is CRUZEIRO DO SUL    with skippers Gail, Tippy and George, then MV IMAGINE    with skipper Don and his wife Ann, and then Sailing Vessel SA VAHN (which means heaven), with skippers Claire and Fiona.     In the next few weeks we will be traveling off and on , together with these boats.  We invited Gail for dinner on June 20th, as we stayed 2 nights in Thomas bay, i made Zuurkool met worst, sauerkraut and sausage, a very true dutch dinner, and i think Gail liked it, he had a second helping!!         There are so many wildflowers here, tons of lupins, and i picked a small bouquet, also lots of birds, HARLEQUIN DUCKS!!!     how beautiful they are!!!!    Also Oyster catchers, you cant help but notice them because of their strong , loud call.       June 21st is the longest day of the year,  Summer Equinox, actually, i found out later that it was June 22nd, it ended up being also the coldest and wettest  of the year!!!   BBBRRRRR…..!!!!!!!          June 22nd actually was sunny!!!         A bit of warmth , Bert had to fix the dinghy and was grateful to NOT have to do it in the cold rain!!

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The silty waters of  Thomas bay.       Wild flowers in abundance here, so beautiful!!   You can see Curtsy, Imagine and Cruzeiro Do Sul anchored in the bay.    Lupins thrive here, paintbrush and Cow parsnip, lots of buttercups, there are moose here, we found some droppings near the falls, and Gail saw a large brown “cow”, at the shores.

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