Beyond Hoonah ended up being Pavlov harbour.

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……

PAVLOV HARBOR

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…..

Pavlof Harbor Bubble feeding of Humpbacks in Chatham Strait 091The waterfall at low tide.

Pavlof Harbor Bubble feeding of Humpbacks in Chatham Strait 086At waters edge.Pavlof Harbor Bubble feeding of Humpbacks in Chatham Strait 099Red Paintbrush.

Pavlof Harbor Bubble feeding of Humpbacks in Chatham Strait 101A peach colored variety of Paint brush.   Pavlof Harbor Bubble feeding of Humpbacks in Chatham Strait 078Everything is so incredibly green up here in the North, everything grows very fast as there is abundance of daylight in the Summer.

Pavlof Harbor Bubble feeding of Humpbacks in Chatham Strait 074The rocks are fascinating on the beaches, every color and shape is possible, this conglomerate rock sure caught my eye.

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