Alaska Flotilla Day 32 – Pybus Bay to Tracy Arm Cove

Alaska Flotilla Day 32 – Pybus Bay to Tracy Arm Cove This morning was clear, warm even. Before leaving Cannery Cove, I took the drone up briefly to grab some pictures. For those of us who aren't fishermen, I think the biggest reasons to come to Alaska are bears, whales, and glaciers. Today we got all three. Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska Flotilla Day 32 Follow S...
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Alaska Flotilla Day 31 – Thomas Bay to Pybus Bay (Cannery Cove)

Alaska Flotilla Day 31 – Thomas Bay to Pybus Bay (Cannery Cove) I'd originally planned on spending a night in Thomas Bay, the next in Portage Bay, and then Pybus Bay. Since we spent two nights in Thomas Bay, though, I opted to skip Portage Bay and head right for Pybus Bay. Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska Flotilla Day 31 Follow Sam’s Flotilla Here...
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Cascade Creek hike

Alaska Flotilla Day 30 – Thomas Bay

Alaska Flotilla Day 30 – Thomas Bay Not much to report today. The morning dawned overcast, with clouds hanging close to the water. It wasn't raining, though, so eight of us set out on the Cascade Creek hike. This is a great hike. The trail climbs to nearly 1400 feet over about two and a half miles, then drops down to Falls Lake. A rowboat is stashed ...
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Alaska Flotilla Day 29 – Petersburg to Thomas Bay

Alaska Flotilla Day 29 – Petersburg to Thomas Bay Catching up on the blog from Juneau, after eight days without connectivity. Spoiler: these eight days were some of the best I can remember in SE Alaska. Superb weather, lots of bears and whales, more glaciers... Cruising in Southeast Alaska is best north of Petersburg. The scenery becomes more dramatic—think g...
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LaConte Glacier

Alaska Flotilla Day 28 – LeConte Glacier

Alaska Flotilla Day 28 – LeConte Glacier Another perfect day on the water! Today we took a side trip from Petersburg to LeConte Glacier and then back to Petersburg. It was a long day, but so worth it! For starters, the weather was perfect. Sunny, warm, no wind. The views were magnificent. Although we couldn't get all the way to the face of the glacier, we ...
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Alaska Flotilla Day 27 – St. John Harbor to Petersburg

Alaska Flotilla Day 27 – St. John Harbor to Petersburg The trip from St. John Harbor to Petersburg is short but complex, requiring boats to transit Wrangell Narrows. Wrangell Narrows is about 22 miles long. It's winding, shallow, and narrow most of its length. Currents run to several knots. Five ranges and about 60 buoys and markers indicate the correct route. Waggone...
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St. John Harbor

Alaska Flotilla Day 26 – Wrangell to St. John Harbor

Alaska Flotilla Day 26 – Wrangell to St. John Harbor Short, easy day. We spent the morning in Wrangell, at Shakes Island. Shakes Island is the site of Chief Shakes Tribal House, a replica Tlingit longhouse. Most of the locals were at Celebration in Juneau, but Brittany was still in town. She explained the history of her tribe, the history of the house, and answered our ...
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Cheese, Wine and Spritz Night at San Juan Island Cheese

Cheese, Wine and Spritz Night at San Juan Island Cheese In Friday Harbor, the craftsman house at 155 Nichols Street used to be a residential home. Now, it’s San Juan Island Cheese, a cheese and wine shop and cafe. This converted house is both inviting and hip and the perfect place to enjoy your favorite cheeses―or new ones―paired with wines. Owners Richard and ...
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Anacortes to Lund

Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report – Anacortes to Lund

Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report – Anacortes to Lund On June 28 it felt good to get underway. Compared to other summers my cruising plans were scheduled much later, and I did not lead a flotilla this year, which would have put me out on the water sooner. In mid-June, my daughter graduated (who was class president at Anacortes High School) and that brought a flurry of act...
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