Waiting out the storm.

We met some very nice folks along the way, Susan and Don own the Catamaran “GAMBIT”   , and we figured we might see them ,as we were traveling towards the same destinies.   None of us were planning to go anywhere just yet, still blowing 40 knots, plus there were 5 meter waves predicted in Dixon Entrance.      So, we went out for dinner on July 29, we went to Oceanview restaurant, they had a huge variety of food, Greek, Italian, lots of sea foods, I had pizza, did not sink my teeth into a pizza for a very long time, and good grief!!! was it ever good!!!!        The next day we hopped on the free shuttle bus and went down town, we visited the museum, and there i watched a great video of the First Nation History.       We left on July 31 st, so did Gambit, the storm had petered out, no more big waves, and we decided to head to Dundas Island, I had no intention whatsoever to anchor in Foggy Bay again, the memory was way too strong still , and i definitely still had a case of PTS, this was going to take a while……    ( PTS- Post Traumatic Stress)      I really like Dundas Island, there are always lots of nesting birds there , especially Sandhill Cranes!!!         So we left at 8.30, am, motoring past the cruise ships, motoring past the foreshore, till 2019 Ketchikan!!!         By the way, it was sunny!!!!!

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July 27…

We took off for Ketchikan at 6 a.m. in the morning, it was raining, dark, clouds, and cold. The engine hours stand at 2089.9, and she is running very well, despite the kelp incident.

I HAVE NOT SEEN THE STARS SINCE MAY…I HAVE NOT SAT ON DECK IN THE SUN…BUT I HAVE SEEN AND HAVE CONNECTED WITH WHALES.  I WITNESSED GLACIERS , CRUMBLING INTO THE SALT, I HAVE SEEN A BEAR, GOING FOR A COOLING SWIM, THE STARS WILL STILL BE THERE, SUN IS STILL SHINING ABOVE THE CLOUDS, HOW INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE I AM!!!!!

it was a bit of a rough ride down Clarence Strait, especially coming to Behm Canal, so Bert put the head sail up, which made the ride a lot more comfortable.    Coming into Revillagigedo Channel, (what a name!!), we headed straight to the fuel dock, Anderes Marine services, we took on 107.65 gallons, at the price of $2.76 per gallon!   Felt good to have a full tank again.  I was glad to be going to a dock as the forecast called for 40 knot winds, especially as we had to cross Dixon entrance to get to Prince Rupert.   So we stayed put, and met some very nice Ketchikan fishermen, one boat the “Traci J”. was next to us, owned by a young lad, who put his music on, rap!!, very , very loud!!    I could take it for about 20 minutes and then went over to introduce ourselves and ask him very nicely to turn the music down a bit.    he had forgotten to turn off the speakers in the cockpit!      A little while later he came over with a bowl, full of just cleaned, and nicely filleted salmon, King salmon!!      This was just so nice as all we ever caught was one fish on the whole trip!!     he then asked if we liked white fish, well , yes!!       I had no idea what kind of fish it would be, i figured cod, but whatever it was, we then were given several filleted pieces, here we were about 7 dinners worth richer!!!       I so wish i could have given him something, i had nothing baked , needed to go shopping badly.     Lords pocket, Thorne bay, eagles in Ketchikan 2017 085 Continue reading

On our walk with Will and Trish, we came upon a higher part of the muskeg, and we could see the ice chunks and small bergs, leaving the Le Conte glacier across the way, we walked towards the beach , where there were suppose to be petroglyphs, we searched high and low but didnt find them. Some local folks told us that some nerds tried to chisel the petroglyphs out of the rocks, lovely!!!        We really like this town, it has a beautiful new library, a hospital and good schools.    We chatted with a young mom who is a doctor, she had many choices as to where to go and work, but she picked Petersburg, and has not regretted it since.     As we had to go back through Wrangell Narrows, we had to time it again , just right!!!  So, on the 24th , we left on the second half of the flood tide, around 13.00 hours.     We aimed for St. John Harbour, not too far from the entrance of Wrangell Narrows, at the other end though……  Everything is working fine, the kelp that we figured had wound around the shaft, and eventually left us, (thank goodness),in that dreadful anchorage ,Portage bay,  had not done any long term damage.

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July 22

I had three loads of laundry to do, and do some serious shopping, so did Will and Trish, but first we headed to the local coffee shop and celebrated my birthday with lattes and apple pie, then we worked most of the day, for dinner Bert and i had pizza in the down town shop, ( it was excellent!!), Will had left a note on our boat , inviting us for birthday cake, and tea, Trish had made little chocolate cakes, one for each of us, and they had a gift for me also!!!    It made the day very special. Lords pocket, Thorne bay, eagles in Ketchikan 2017 034 Continue reading