Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway – Art, History and Good Eats

As we traversed Commencement Bay, headed for Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway, I kept thinking about when I was a young boy, and our family took Sunday drives to Tacoma to visit relatives. As we approached the tide flats, the car would fill with a stench. The challenge was to hold your breath long enough to…


WWII Ruins on Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait

The reef just off Yorke Island in Johnstone Strait. Departing Lagoon Cove we motored through ‘The Blow Hole’ between E. Cracroft and Minstrel Islands into Chatham and Havannah Channels reaching Johnstone Strait.  Not surprising, Johnstone Strait was choppy but improved as we proceeded eastward. Seeing that the seas had become settled, we took the opportunity to…

Main Gun Emplacement at the top of Yorke Island.
The Longhouse at Totem Bight State Park.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up We came together as strangers and departed Ketchikan as good friends. I continued north to leave my boat in Wrangell and five boats decided to tag along. We stopped for a night in Meyers Chuck in very pleasant weather and then on to Wrangell. Some continued working their way up…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 20 – Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Ketchikan Day 20 – Friday This was the last official day of the flotilla trip. We organized a bus trip up to Totem Bight State Historical Park to see the totem and clanhouse. The bus is the most economical way to get there. The price went up this year. The…

Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska
Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 – Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan

 Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 19 Crossing Dixon Entrance to Ketchikan Day 19 – Thursday While everyone groaned about the 5 a.m. departure, I told them they would benefit from better weather conditions when crossing Dixon Entrance. The day before, I also told them the weather would be better for a crossing on Thursday rather than Wednesday. One of our boats,…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 17 – Prince Rupert

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 17 Prince Rupert Day 17 – Tuesday It was a sunny day with the low snow cap gleaming for the 35 mile run up Grenville Channel after a 6:30 a.m. departure. It is a little bit of a jolt to get back to human habitation. Approaching Prince Rupert, it starts with the commercial docks…

Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert.
Items at a marine thrift store.

New Marine Thrift Stores in Port Townsend and Canoe Cove

Marine thrift stores are fun. They are like a treasure hunt each time you visit. The stock changes and you never know what you will find. What happened to all of the second-hand marine stores in the US and BC? Second Wave in Seattle closed due to real estate issues. Pacific Marine Exchange in Bellingham…


Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 16 – Lowe Inlet

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 16 Lowe Inlet Day 16 – Monday The sun appeared for our windless 8 a.m. departure. We left the dock, and as I was putting away fenders and lines, a whale came up 100’ away from me. We ended up stopping to watch the three whales dive for breakfast so close you could…

Boats anchoraged at Lowe Inlet in British Columbia.
The flotilla crew at Bishop Bay Hot Springs.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 15 – Bishop Bay Hot Springs

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 15 Bishop Bay Hot Springs Day 15 – Sunday On the way up to Princess Royal Channel, we stopped at Butedale and Corry was there to meet us. The new ramp to shore installed in 2016 is a huge improvement, and the docks were good. The new ramp at the Butedale…

Quiet anchorage at Windy Bay.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 14 – Windy Bay

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 14 Windy Bay Day 14 – Saturday After a rainy night at anchor, we continued north up Mathieson Channel. The rains bring out the most beautiful waterfalls along the way. We cruised up to one of the granddaddy’s of them all at Kynoch Falls. All of the boats posed for pictures…


Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power – Updated

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…

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