I am aware, kelp is a plant, well, we anchored that night in Portage Bay, on the East side of Kupreanof island. It states in the book, that it is a secure anchorage, with a narrow entrance, yes, indeed, but we went in when the tide was not running very hard, so, no problem. Later on we found out, that the best anchoring is just around the corner after you come into the bay, but heh!! It looked so very nice further up, so we traveled a bit more and then dropped anchor in the center, as it is quite shallow near both shores. We went on shore to do some exploring, and had a great time. When back to shore, we noticed a couple more boats had come in and anchored, but they were right around the corner of the entrance…….hhhmmmm…….should have told us something!!! I made dinner, washed the dishes, and then heard some very strange noises. A loud whoosh ,all along the hull, it stopped, and then another , very loud whoosing sound. Both of us leaned out of the boat, and here were huge patches , almost small islands of kelp, coming into the bay at high speed, we were surrounded!!! This was no good, it was almost dark by now, but we started the engine, hauled up the anchor , and headed to where the other boats were anchored, there was not a single piece of kelp near them!!! Lesson learned!!!! The rest of the evening was peaceful ,we were sung to sleep by the calls of the loons.
I just dont know what other title i could put for this post, this is my whale post, my incredible encounter, close encounter!!! Continue reading
The anchorage lies behind Payne island, and i think it is so well protected, it stays quite warm here during winter, maiden hair ferns grow here, lots of them, they are surrounded by Blue bells, Columbine , Cow Parsnip ,daisies and Yarrow. Lots of dew settles here every morning, as this spot is close to the Pacific Ocean, we could see the town of KAKE ,across on Kupreanof island, Kake is a First Nation town, and the islands here hold a lot of Clam gardens and Middens, history goes way back here. This is a place of natural wealth, we checked all the beaches for garbage as we always do but found nothing, such a good thing!!! we truly loved it here.
At the entrance cascades a lovely waterfall, as we rounded the corner ,we saw that we were the only ones, good thing… The bear meadows at the head of the bay were very busy indeed!! A momma brown bear was grazing with her two cubs, further down a lone bachelor hung around, staying well clear of her and her two off spring, i then noticed a very small bear, all by himself, he seemed to be hanging around, rubbing against bushes, munching a bit on the grass, he looked to be too small to be by himself already, we never did see a mother, he stayed all afternoon and all evening, lying down , stretching in the sun, i dont think he was having a hard time…… We took the dinghy towards the creek entrance, looking for tracks and wild flowers, the fresh water was still flowing hard, the tide was out, so we had the mud flats to explore. I am just reading in my journal and i wrote that the little bear by himself was very light colored , almost cream, while the other ones were all the usual brown. Towards the evening, a National Geographic boat, the MV SEA LION , came into the bay, they went and anchored at the very far corner, and turned the engines and the generator off, which we were very grateful for. The peace and tranquility here needs to be reveled in, and not spoiled by engines running. Then a second small cruise ship came in, the MV WILDERNESS WONDERER , but they left again after looking at the bears for a while.
On July 18th we headed out, beautiful day, no rain!! We cruised along the shores of Baranof Island and promised each other we are coming back here again. These two islands, Chichagof and Baranof , are wild and wondrous, they are both covered in glaciers , none coming down as far as the waters edge , but still covering the hillsides of the mountains. Mount Radamaker at 4320 feet, and Mount Harding at 3050 feet, are truly impressive. We want to cruise around these islands, at the Oceans edge, both have a wealth of deep bays and coves to anchor in and to explore. Trish and Will stayed another night at the hot springs, but we would see each other again. Continue reading
While we were there, a bright yellow steel boat came in, MV POLAR BOUND , we didnt get a chance to talk with the owners, we saw a very well dressed lady on her, she seemed out of place, and later on i found out this was Jane Maufe, the author of the book; THE FROZEN FRONTIER !! This boat went around the Northwest passage, she sure looked, (the boat that is),immensely capable. The book is an interesting read, but did disappoint me.
The next day , a sailboat came in, it looked familiar: SV SHADOWDANCER II, and we had seen the boat in Hoonah but never did talk with the owners, and here they were, rafting against us!! The start of a great friendship!!! Both Trish and Will are from Australia, have a catamarin over there, and this boat over here. They came over for dinner that evening,after a soak in the tubs, and i believe we all had a soak again later on, its hard to stay away.