The weather cleared up and was wonderful almost all of the way up the Canadian coast. A typical day would begin with coffee, putting the oats and hot water in an insulated mug. Bill would begin the "flight plan", (keep in mind the previous owner who left us with INCREDIBLE complete documentation was a fighter pilot in the Air Force, and a commercial jet pilot for Continental). The plan starts with the engine checks that are made before every startup, and my job is to secure cabins and turn on instruments. Once the anchor was pulled, or the lines cast off, we would get underway, get comfortable, and eat our oatmeal with the various nuts and twigs added. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the scenery, watching for wildlife, checking out the other vessels on the water, and reading up about the area in the cruising guide. Bob, whose trawler is a bit faster than us, would usually arrive at the prearranged bay first, set his anchor and when we arrived, we would tie up to Vahalla's side. Polly, who is a Canadian citizen, could fish, and would usually have her line out, which would sometimes provide the evening meal. Yum, fresh halibut and crab direct from the ocean, nothing better. Thanks Polly.
After an excellent meal, we would take out the charts, and books, and discuss the route and destination for the next day. A day's milage would be anywhere from 20-60 miles a day, depending on tides, currents, weather, and the best place to anchor in safety for the night.
|Rafted up for the night|
|Bob and Polly relaxing on their stern deck|
|This boat is using their asymmetrical spinnaker sail.|
|Denali Rose motoring along, picture courtesy of Bob.|
|Someone's vacation home on an island|
|Bill put the dinghy in the water for the first time, and the engine started on the first pull..YAY!|
|Under the lower dinette, a warehouse of spares, everything perfectly in it's place.|
So, while we are underway, Bill is in the engine room connecting the spare regulator, that worked perfectly after installation.
We spent a couple more days with Bob and Polly.
Because I had a plane reservation for Anchorage out of Ketchikan, we say goodbye, and we head north right away. Vahalla will try out some more fishing spots before meeting back up with us in Ketchikan. We anchored in this calm little bay for 2 days, the wind/weather dropped in on us, and we had other boats come and join us until it lifted.
Next we headed for Dundas Island, and Brundige Inlet, which is the last stop before leaving Canadian waters and entering back into the US. Many boats stop here, because they have to transit Dixon Entrance, which is open to the Pacific Ocean, and everyone waits for the best weather window to cross.
We pick the BEST weather day ever for our crossing Dixon Entrance! Absolutely calm except for a little swell coming in from the Pacific Ocean. I was very glad, since I was feeling a little bit apprehensive about this. The good news: it was no problem at all, the bad news: it can only go downhill from here. (unless it is always like this...fat chance)
|Vahalla underway next to us.|
|Looking out towards Grenville Channel|
|Passing large ships at anchor outside of Prince Rupert.|
|Canadian weather station on Green Island.|
|Ketchikan ahead. Notice the BLUE SKY! It was 75 degrees.|
|The view from our slip in the harbor.|
|I'm back in Alaska, it's a celebration!|
|New batteries are good to have.|
|And celebrating the batteries....|