September 21, 2018

Friday Funny 9-21/18 (Cruising or Uncruising)

Not always the case....

During the last month, we had some small cruise ships share a few of our anchorages. I'm happy to say that their anchoring distance, their crew, and their guests were all respectful of the peace, and quiet in the Alaskan wilderness. Tip of the hat to the Uncruise Adventure company.

These kayakers were skirting the edges of Yes Bay the morning we saw the orcas feeding, and listened to the wolves howling. Everyone sat very still while the whales were surfacing, they didn't try to get too close, and I can only imagine what a great experience that was for them.

Uncruise kayakers

While we were in Walker Bay, we had more than one ship come in, unload kayakers, and paddle boarders, and check out the sights. There is a salmon spawning stream off one end, and eagles were very abundant, using my binoculars, I counted about 25 in just one area of the trees. We also saw bears here, but not while the kayakers were out.

Uncruise Adventure ship

A well fed bear.

Some of the ships were larger, though still not as big as the huge liners.

Uncruise Adventure ship

We shared this cove with others on the Labor Day weekend, it was a protected cove, and as you can see, the weather was not that great. We had secured the mooring ball before anyone else arrived, and stayed through the heavy predicted winds. At one point we got hit with a 40kt williwaw, we could hear it coming, and then bam, it whacked us, and Denali Rose pulled hard on the mooring. The wind generator loved it, that was my first williwaw smackdown.

Looking through the rainy windows at three boats rafted up, with a fourth close by, and a fishing vessel. 

Our last stop was Menefee Point, and we scored big time. A local commercial fisherman, was anchored nearby, and when he left, he delivered a bag of shrimp to us. We were very grateful, and declared them delicious! 

Took a photo before they were all gone!

Then an Uncruise ship came in for the day, and after the anchoring process, their launch headed over to us. We came out on deck to greet them, and were handed a nice bottle of wine, and a bag of homemade cookies. They apologized for disrupting our quiet cove, and hoped that the gift would make up for it. And how, come disrupt anytime!

The goodies ship.

If I ever had a desire for a larger ship experience, I would definitely look into what this company had to offer.

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September 15, 2018

Friday Funny on Saturday 9-15/18 (Foggy Thinking)

Okay,  I thought Friday was Thursday, and I procrastinated...... so there it is.

Not this kind of fog.

In the fall, warm, sunny days, bring cool evenings, which then bring foggy mornings. We left Ketchikan, and headed north for a leisurely trip back to Wrangell. 

We saw a thick fog bank in the distance, and we were hoping the sun would burn it off before we got to it.

A line of fog.

The latest extreme tides had contributed to the amount of debris to avoid in the water.

I was glad we went through that tide-line before we got to the fog, imagine trying to dodge that stuff with reduced visibility, even though some of it was picked up by the radar.

Avoid those little red and green bits on the screen.

It was like entering the Twilight Zone.

What was inside the fog, will we hit something, will we ever emerge from it, or wander aimlessly forever...... ?  😮

Heading in


Leaving it behind us.

Once inside, we found that we still had about 500yards of visibility at the water level, so it was pretty much a non-issue. Clarence Strait, which is known for kicking up the wind, and waves cooperated with us as well. We finished our day with a stop in Meyers Chuck, and since the majority of personal  tourist boaters have headed south, there was room on the public dock to tie up for the evening. 

The day ended with another beautiful sunset.

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September 7, 2018

Friday Funny 9-7/18 (Punchbowl)

Not this punchbowl.

We've been in the Misty Fjord Natl Monument for the past couple of weeks. It's a beautiful area, and we found more anchorages we'd like to visit when we have more time. We'll be back again.

One of the stops we enjoyed, Punchbowl Cove, inside of Rudyerd Bay.

South Misty Fjords

We had a couple of sunny days to really enjoy the scenery.

You can see why this cove is named Punchbowl, you're surrounded by high cliffs. We tied up to a US Forest Service buoy, and relaxed, well, except for the extra company.

It's one of the main attractions for cruise ship passengers who are visiting Ketchikan, and they sightsee the area by floatplane, and boat.

Oooh, and ahhhh, coming in low, and close.
The floatplanes start coming in around 8:00a, occur every half hour or so, and quit around 5:00p


There were 3 different high speed tourist boats, and they each came in twice a day. You can imagine the amount of wake these guys would produce going by.

We decided to move on, after all, the rain was coming, it's misty....  get it, Misty Fjords? Anyway, we were running out of coffee creamer, (again), and the next stop with a grocery store is Ketchikan. We'll say "HI" to the cruise ships on our way to the marina.

Goodbye, to the easy to use, mooring buoy.

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August 31, 2018

Friday Funny; 30-Aug-2018

Imagine this; a well maintained sailboat is anchored deep within a long bay among scattered small islands. It's early morning, and a couple of people are standing on the foredeck, enjoying steaming mugs of coffee while using binoculars, and cameras. The sailboat's cat is winding between their legs, purring with contentment. A small cruise ship, (about 150 passengers), has anchored out of sight at the beginning of the bay, not being able to squeeze past the closely knit islands.

There are a handful of kayakers from the cruise ship, weaving around the islands, and a small inflatable launch has deposited a group of hikers on the beach behind the sailboat. Both groups are a respectable distance from the sailboat, enjoying the still morning.

Suddenly everyone has stopped all movement, a loud exhalation, and spray has occurred in the middle of the bay. An orca pod makes itself known, coming to the surface to breathe, as they feed on the fish arriving with the incoming tide. A baby orca begins playing as it flings itself out of the water, and slaps it's tail, making a loud crack.

In the distant mountains, a howl begins, then another, and another. Suddenly it's a whole pack of wolves singing together, as they celebrate the morning. (Or something like that.)

Holy Cow! We were watching orcas, listening to wolves, with nearby kayakers, and hikers, while standing on the deck of Denali Rose, within the edge of Misty Fjords Natl' Park. I felt like I was living in an Alaska Visitor's Bureau travel brochure. Where's the camera crew when you need them!

(No internet way the heck out here, another SAT phone posting)

August 24, 2018

Friday Funny 8-24/18 (Whale Pass Rocks)


Seriously, who would name their boat after a disaster, it's like reusing "Titanic".

We recently went through an area on the east coast of Prince of Wales Island called Whale Pass, and we took it slow. It's reassuring to have good charts, and instrumentation to help with navigation.

This is not our main chart on the chartplotter, it's one of the backups with seaiq, on the Ipad at the helm.

Whale Pass behind Thorne Island

I've pointed out some of the rock hazard along the way. The asterisks, and the crosses with dots signify rocks, some of them are visible, some not, and some have surrounding reefs. The red and green symbols show the in channel daymarks, when returning from sea, keep the green on port, (left), and the red on starboard, (right). We went very slow, and had to go through some large areas of bull kelp. Nasty stuff to get wrapped around the shaft or propeller, we could hear the propeller slicing through it like salad. 

North entrance

South entrance

We stayed at anchor for a couple of days, enjoying the sun, and scenery, (the red/black dot beside Mabel Island), and then went out the south entrance.

An extending rock line, only seen at low tide.

This rock wasn't marked with the usual symbols, we had to zoom in on  the chart to see it,  and it would be under water at high tide.

We relied on the charts, the depth transducer, and watched carefully with our eyes, while leaving at low tide helped us to see everything that could be a hazard. As Bill says, "watch out for the hard bits."

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August 17, 2018

Friday Funny 8-17/18 (ICE)

We don't typically have ice onboard, we save our limited freezer space for, (in our humble opinion), more important items, like meat, and ice cream. Lately however, we've taken to putting our two Yeti coolers onboard, and filling them with ice to keep drinks cold. This saves space in the refrigerators for other important items, like creamer for our coffee, and cheese.

We rarely have drinks that have ice in them, but with our recent run of hot weather, it was great to have a drink that was ice cold.

Our marina is right next to one of the local fish processor plants, and they're being a good community neighbor by supplying crushed ice for anyone who wants to shovel it into their containers. We have to keep in mind that this is not for consumption, only to keep things cold, like fish that I catch, if I ever catch one.

Ice totes, those are commercial crab pots in the background.

Filled with ice

Bill shoveling ice into a cooler bag.

Whenever I put a fishing line in the water, I usually end up losing my bait to the crabs. I can even feel them pulling it off of the hook. Then I reel in the line, rebait it, put it back down, and the game starts again. It's depressing, everyone here catches fish, but me. You can't even buy it in the grocery store here, because everyone catches their own. 

I don't want this crab.

I'm trying to schedule a blog post again. We'll be out of cell range by Friday, and hopefully this will post to our blog automagically. Good luck.

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August 10, 2018

Friday Funny 8-10/18 (Adventure delayed)

Well, some of them anyway.

It's was number two I laughed at, but plans change.  

We had some weather systems coming in, mainly wind, and heavy rain, and we were getting ready to depart the marina. We were supposed to rondezvous with our friends on Pacifier, Susie, and Dan, in a bay on Prince of Wales Island, but they texted that they were coming in because of the weather. The power boaters were all heading for the marina, and we were going out in it. (That doesn't apply to the commercial fishing fleet, those guys go out in anything.)

While my brother, and sis-in-law were here, we had glass calm waters, and they were grateful for that, but I've found that over the last year, I've gotten better at being okay with some "sporty" weather. I used to be very stressed by it, and now, I cope much better, it's almost fun. 

We left the marina, and headed over to the fuel dock to fill up. A BIG, LOUD alarm went off, and it was one we hadn't heard before. Bill went below to the pilothouse to check the gauges, and he came back up, and said the engine was overheating. We were almost to the fuel dock, so we continued to motor there anyway to fill up. While I held the fuel hose, Bill went below to look in the engine room, and in a few minutes, came back up with a toasted belt, and he had already replaced it with a spare.

Shredded belt.

I'm thinking that was an easy fix, I love it! We finished filling both diesel tanks, started the engine, and got ready to head out. As Bill was untying dock lines, the engine started to overheat again, rats, not the easy fix. We slowly motored back to our slip in Heritage Harbor to suss out the problem. 

The next day, Bill started by cleaning out the bilge, look what he found.

The top side

The bottom side, and rubber ring

I don't have all the technical jargon, but short explanation is that the water pump has an unused hose, and this was the plug for it. It got caught in the belt, and both got chewed up. (Or something like that.) Bill can do the rest of the story, I could never do justice to the full technical explanation. He might add his two cents worth to this later. 

No crutches 🚯allowed.
I'm throwing the crutches overboard! Not really. They're not mine, and I need to return them to my niece. For now, they'll go into storage, and I'll figure out a way to get them back to her. I'm sooooo glad to be done with that! (knock on wood)

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August 3, 2018

Friday Funny 8-3/18 (More fun in the sun)

"HEY Dad, can I ring the ship's bell NOW?"

In the last couple of weeks, we had a great time exploring new areas south of Wrangell Island. We couldn't have asked for better weather either. We had over 2 weeks without rain, and hardly any clouds. That is an awesome accomplishment for the nation's largest rainforest. 

Bradfield Canal. That's a small unnamed glacier at the top of the mountain.

Those of you from warmer climes would probably laugh at us, but we were HOT! The temperatures during the day were 70-85F, and it cooled down at night low 70s. We tried to keep all the hatches wide open, and at least one fan on during the day, but even then, inside Denali Rose was 80s to 90F. 

Warming for the day.

I took that photo to show that it was already 81F inside at 8:26 in the morning. The cats just lazed around and napped all day. They had no interest in playing in the heat, and rotated their resting places as the sun, and boat moved. 

Can you see Gus in this photo?

There he is! Hiding behind the line duffle.

Bill took the opportunity while we were at anchor to reorganize the cockpit lazerettes, (compartments for storage on a boat), and Gus decide that was his opportunity to find a new place to nap. Elsie took whatever she could find to stay out of the sun.

In the cockpit

In the salon, notice she is cozied up to the battery powered bug paddle.

Lower dinette.

We enjoyed company every morning when the tide went out and exposed a sandbar behind us. 

The "gang".
We usually awoke to the sound of seals barking, and had our coffee watching them as they sunbathed. I counted about 20 of them every morning, and as the tide came back in, they would slip back into the water.

Forward view into Bradfield Canal.

Aft view with the afternoon breezes, and tide in.
The view was even spectacular at night

Full moon

We're back in Wrangell, with town chores, and reprovisioning to accomplish. Bonus information:
I"M WALKING without aids, well mostly. I'm carrying my cane with me just in case, it feels like my security blanket now that I've had it so long. I told my physical therapist, that I borrowed the cane from, I would have it back to her by September 1, so the separation anxiety must be overcome. 

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