|Raven next to an iceberg. No, we didn't reach the Antarctic, it's a half-acre-sized Alaskan iceberg in Endicott Arm.|
|Craig, the largest settlement on Prince of Wales Island.|
|There are so many picturesque neighborhoods and nifty historic structures in Juneau. You just have to walk uphill (or be driven on a tour, thanks Deb!) The tourist district is cool, but so are the areas away from it.|
Juneau is also a paradise for hikers. This trail is built right on top of a large flume, and you can hear the water rushing under your feet. It also drips out the sides.
This is an outlet of the flume, way up a mountain. Other hikes in the area would appeal to both novices and experienced hikers. It is also a fact in Gastineau Channel that when two cruise ships pass by, their wakes will bounce you around for the next twenty minutes. Time to get away from cruise ship traffic.
We have been to the ice. We have seen glaciers, and blue icebergs bobbing like a spill of rough-edged Canada Mints. We have seen icebergs shaped like giant moths, icebergs as big as houses, no, bigger than houses, and we have seen killer whales and humpback whales. We have seen black bears, brown bears, get-outta-town bears, a wooly mammoth… okay, not a wooly mammoth.
I mean, REALLY, the nerve of that whale, photobombing us like that.
She texted back: WOW! AWESOME! Was that a humpback whale? Love it! Thank you!
|Raven in lounge mode.|
|Yep, this was the Gulf of Alaska. Coronation Island in the distance.|
|DUDES! We got 1776 miles on this trip odometer at Hamilton Island! How cool is that!|
|Coming from the north you leave reds to port and greens to starboard--good to know beforehand.|
So, I write this on a lay day in Craig, where JobOne was to GET A FREAKIN' HOT SHOWER. Done. Things like laundry, finding internet to post this blog, provisioning, replacing fishing gear, talking to fishermen to see if they have advice (they do), and FINDING A PUB are on the agenda. Then it's off to the southern part of Prince of Wales Island, to fish, play, wait for a good forecast, and get around Cape Chacon, which sticks out into Dixon Entrance, eventually crossing back over to the "mainland," where we will turn once again toward Prince Rupert, that great little Canadian city. All that will take a couple of weeks.
Which brings us to:
Unspoken Law of the Sea #11: If you have a boat, get out there and enjoy it. If you don't have a boat, get one.