From Hoonah, after filling with fuel, we headed into Chatham Strait, our goal was Pavlov harbour, a beautiful place from what i was reading about it. I was quite ready for that….. It is also called Fresh water bay, it offers good shelter from all kinds of weather. So we headed there on JULY 12TH , Vaughan Balaam’s birthday. We were the only boat, which is quite lovely, as we came into the harbour, we were met by two Alaskan brown bears, sauntering along the shore, not paying any attention to us!! After a while, two more boats came in , but there was lots of room for us all. This place is magical, there is a waterfall at the head of the bay, with a fish ladder on the one side. The path to the falls leads around the bay, and winds in and out of the beautiful forest. Everywhere i looked there was bear scat, she grasses were very lush , and it looks like they come to feed here all the time. The trees all were giant Sitkas, immense trees, i will write down what i wrote while i was there……
PAINT BRUSH ,ALL ALONG THE SHORE , PEEKING OUT FROM UNDER THE TALL,TALL GRASSES. REDS AND PINK,PEACH ,YELLOW, EVERY VARIETY GROWS HERE. THE IMMENSE SITKAS STAND JUST INSIDE THE FORESTS EDGE ,HUGE TREES,AMONG THEM, DEVILS CLUB, ALMOST IN BLOOM. TWO YOUNG BROWN BEARS STROLL ALONG THE SHORE, TURNING A ROCK HERE AND THERE ,SNIFFING THE AIR ,BITING AT THE GRASSES. AT THE WATERFALL ,A MINK SCURRIES TO THE WATERS EDGE,BUT SEES US ,AND RUNS BACK INTO THE FOREST. FISH ARE JUMPING EVERYWHERE ,BUT THEY ARE NOT BITING……THEY ARE KING SALMON WE THINK, MAYBE READY TO JUMP UP THE FALLS, OR USE THE FISH LADDER.
So, that is Pavlov, a gorgeous anchorage, i loved it there…..
The waterfall at low tide.
At waters edge.Red Paintbrush.
A peach colored variety of Paint brush. Everything is so incredibly green up here in the North, everything grows very fast as there is abundance of daylight in the Summer.
The rocks are fascinating on the beaches, every color and shape is possible, this conglomerate rock sure caught my eye.