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The Eighth Voyage of S/V Capella III
A revisit and circumnavigation of Kodiak Island and more adventures in beautiful Prince William Sound, in Southcentral Alaska
RE-EXPLORING LOCAL ANCHORAGES, Days 66-73
Kathy/SUN...and then rain!
05/16/14, Resurrection Bay, Seward environs

Mary and Ray Couvillion came to visit and brought the sunshine. It was a fun-filled 4 days of fishing (but only a few instances of 'catching'), sailing, gunkholing, whale watching (humpies and orcas), dining lavishly from the one caught fish and playing Rummikub...again and again and again! Revisiting Thumb, Humpy and Bulldog Coves under clear skies was a novel experience for us, as well as for the hordes of other boaters from the Seward Small Boat Harbor who found their way into the Resurrection Bay anchorages to enjoy the beautiful weather. Obviously this is a Vitamin D starved population! Paul Rupple ("Sundance") and friend, Pat joined us in Bulldog Cove for an evening of Couvillion's contribution of the 1987 edition of "Trivialaska." It was indeed challenging for ALL to correctly answer questions of Alaska's 'ancient history', but Maker's Mark and red wine ameliorated the stressful urgency factor and a good time was had by all. Thanks for coming and providing this entertaining game, Mary and Ray. The sail back into Seward on Sunday afternoon was reminiscent of the Oklahoma Land Rush with watercraft visible as far as the eye could see coming back from a pleasant week-end in Resurrection Bay. This was indeed a rare and unusual sighting for us who have never experienced Seward during their mid-summer (SUNNY!) boating/fishing season. We made it back just as the 3-day spate of rainy, foggy inclement weather set in. Anyone for more Rummikub??

05/16/14 | Patsy
Rummikub? Sounds like fun if you have plenty of M & Ms!
Have a great rest of the summer!
Patsy
05/16/14 | Pat Richard
You all deserved some sunny days!:)
TEN DAYS TO REMEMBER, Days 56-65
Kathy/ end of 2 weeks of rain, partly sunny
05/16/14, Seward

It's certainly been a 10-day whirlwind. It all began with sad news that my Mom was failing rapidly from the fall that required hip replacement surgery. The Docs also discovered that she had fractured her pelvis as well, all resulting in Mom being in a great deal of pain. She gradually became more and more anxious and afraid, and then unresponsive and it became evident that it was time to round up the family members. We had quickly sailed back into Seward and were awaiting any updates, but before we were able to make the long flight to Norfolk, Mom had passed away, July 14th, 8PM. Suzanne, Jane, Trish and Julia were at her bedside to say their good-byes, then handed me the phone to speak with Mom. She did not respond, but died just a few hours later and we're sure that she was waiting for her 5 daughters to check in before leaving this world for a better place. Rest in Peace, Mom. We miss you terribly. Our adventure will continue now, with heavy heart, so stay tuned...

05/16/14 | rooooooth
Joyce would have been pleased to know all daughters and many family and friends sent her off.
DAYS 48-55, NEED AN UPDATE?
Kathy/in and out of squalls
05/16/14, Bulldog Cove, Resurrection Bay

It's been quite a spate of non-communication from us, but there really hasn't been much to report since we've spent this lull time in Seward shuttling folks in and out of Capella III. Rick Humke is back home in Colorado, relishing the fact that the Waldo Canyon fire is contained and his home is safe, as is ours. Buz Belden is on board with us now and we are currently enjoying our time with him in some of our favorite anchorages in Resurrection Bay. He'll sail with us until he returns to Mercer Island on July 18.
Vic has immersed himself in a cell phone amplifier project since leaving Seward in mid-May. His hope was to extend our cell phone coverage in the more remote parts of AK while we were sailing. TODAY he successfully completed this project and we now can travel farther from the port cities and are able to connect with my sisters regarding my Mom's condition from her recent fall at the nursing home. Thanks for the updates, sisters. And thanks for the internet boost, Vic. However, apparently the connection is spotty at best and sending a blog posting is not always possible all at once...hence the updates! Can't seem to send pics, either. Stay tuned...!

05/16/14 | suzanne
...and ?? Did you want to finish that last sentence?!
DAYS 45-47, AWAITING THE 4TH
Kathy/trying to rain
05/16/14, Seward, AK

It's been a few days since the last update, mostly because there hasn't been much thrilling to report. We're entrenched in Seward until at least July 6th, then we begin another 2 wk. venture out into the Kenai Fjords or Prince William Sound with Buz Belden onboard. He arrives at the boat at 6pm this evening via motorcoach from ANC. Two hours later we ALL will be aboard Major Marine Tours' M/V Star of the Northwest (8pm-12:30am) for an all-you-can-eat prime rib and salmon buffet. music by "The Spawning Humpys" followed by fireworks. This event sparks off the 4th of July activities in Seward, the main event being tomorrow's famous Mt. Marathon Race, the premier Mountain Race Series, a VERY STEEP 3-1/2 mile race straight up and straight down Mt. Marathon which looms over Seward harbor. I'm imagining Buz preparing a gourmet meal of filet mignon with portobello mushrooms in the galley while we enjoy the race comfortably from our aft cockpit up and down that beast of a mountain in the rain, snowfields and mud. I'll let you know how that works out!
The Waldo Canyon fire is currently 65% contained and the rainy weather in CO is contributing to keeping it under control, so life is better for those of us with a vested interest in its outcome. Life is good again. Enjoy the annual picture of Skipper enjoying the lupine!

DAYS 42-44, SITUATED IN SEWARD
Kathy/another beaut
05/16/14, Seward, AK

It seems that there are more glitches in Sailblogs' postings. "Fishin's Good" continues to evade the internet, but after several attempts, hopefully it will show up on your screen. It is out of chronological order, but I've tried everything to rearrange, to no avail, oh well...guess we'll all just have to improvise! However, I will continue to report as if you're receiving them, just so you know I haven't given up on this project!
As you're aware, first and foremost on our agenda was deciding what course we should take when the news of the Waldo Canyon fire arrived on our iridium phone as an important text msg. Jenny Montoya, Rick's oldest daughter, cleverly figured out how to get this urgent news to us in our remoteness, and we surely appreciate your ingenuity and efficiency, Jenny. Thank you! We immediately decided to get back into the "cell service" arena, knowing that it would be at least a day and a half sail to get back to Seward, so we buckled up and pressed on asap. Meanwhile we made a few winlink and sat phone contacts (George Sewell and June Freyer) in hopes that they could keep us abreast of the fire updates, and they indeed did an outstanding job imparting critical information about the fire's irratic progress. Thank you so much George and June.
About 2 miles out of Seward, we were able to get a cell phone connection, so the flurry of information began coming through. At this point we indeed did have something to worry about as our home was placed on pre-evac status and the fire was 0% contained and indeed heading in our direction via the AF Academy. The details are too many to enumerate, but I'm sure everyone with a vested interest in this area was sitting on pins and needles.
As we were conversing on the phone, a loud announcement came from the cockpit, "Breaching whale, straight ahead!!" Telephone conversations ended and cameras came to life. A tour boat ("Chugach") was just ahead of us and the breaching whale was giving us quite the show (no pictures available yet). There was a brief lull in the activity, the tour boat moved out of our line of sight and it was deathly quiet. Suddenly, out of the depths arose this enormous humpback just 10 yards off our port side, complete with energetic whale exhalations and an explosive splash that scared the living daylights out of all of us onboard, dog included! The whale had breached between us and the tour boat teeming with Japanese tourists who were clicking pictures and gasping Japanese epitaphs in high pitches! Quite the experience, yes, but we really would like to observe leaping whales from a bit farther away next time! I'm enclosing a picture taken of the event under sheer duress...obviously! I had my close up (70-300MM) len attached, so we now know that having on the incorrect lens creates mystery photos. Enjoy!
So now we plan to remain in the Seward area until at least July 5th when Rick leaves to return to CO. Buz arrives on the 3rd. We're comfortable with tracking the fire from the cockpit of Capella III in Seward Alaska until we learn otherwise. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who are experiencing the ravages of the fires and we will remain in contact with you via cell phone or blog postings. Godspeed.

05/16/14 | roooooth
Glad you are in a "communication zone." Plz keep your faithful blog followers informed.
DAYS 40-41, FISHIN'S GOOD!
Kathy
05/16/14, Picnic Harbor

Since we last chatted leaving Seldovia, we spent the next night in Port Graham, last evening in Port Chatham and tonight we're anchored in beautiful Picnic Harbor. The weather is letting us down. We'd been experiencing a 9-day spate of lovely weather and now reality has returned to remind us how lucky we were. Oh well, we're sailing most days, even if it's just a leisurely 4-5 hours a day, so we bundle up and endure it knowing that we're soon to enjoy the warmth of the diesel heater and interesting dvds snuggled into our overnight anchorages. However, the FISHING has been better than average. (That's where the "leisurely" comes in. We've been fishing along the way.) To date we've caught 2 chicken halibut, 3 ling cod (one of Rick's was HUGE, 30#?, but we had to return them alive to the sea, the season doesn't open until 1 July), 2 black rockfish, 1 china rockfish, 1 greenling. I say WE CAUGHT because Vic successfully puts us on the hot spots, Rick and I drag in the fish. It's a co-op that works. Fish tacos tonight, come if you can!

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A revisit and circumnavigation of Kodiak Island and more adventures in beautiful Prince William Sound, ALASKA