Lots of whales and dolphins were observed along the way- and in Tenakee Inlet after we arrived at the harbor as well.
Sunday-Monday promise 30kt S winds and 6'+ seas in Chatham Strait [12' near ocean entrances, and 23' in the Gulf…] so we will likely stay in Tenakee until next Tue [10-Oct] when it looks like it may be another sunny, calm day for transiting further south.
We did take a walk through town after arriving. The public hot springs was not in use, and the General Store had closed early.
Businesses and the Post Office all declared winter hours [and rates…] began 4-Sept… The Cafe and Bakery listed on the Tenakee Springs web site are closed [the cafe for some time it appears…] The bakery is for sale, and if the the boxes scattered everywhere inside are any indication, someone is relocating.
The town is small [~100 residents] and the houses all line the southerly waterfront with fantastic views of the inlet. And, as we observed during our walk, the whales actively feeding…
This has been quite a beautiful and rare sunny day. What a fall treat this has been…
Even with our booster we are not able to receive any cell signals here. We thought we might have a chance for a scrap of a signal from Angoon- across Chatham Strait. Nope. Sat comms only for now folks; hence the somewhat degraded photos included with the blog post portion of this sat email (which is cross-posted to Farkwar… [https://farkwar.com/boats/denali-rose])
At 10/7/2017 22:28 (utc) our position was 57 46.6761 N 135 12.4236 W
Destination: Wrangell, Alaska