Change of Latitude in the Pacific Northwest
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To Foggy Bay, AlaskaDon/Clearing
07/31/2011, Foggy Bay
This morning Debbie took some photos of our marina and while she was out, snapped an eagle who had just picked up a salmon. After she got back to the boat, she and Dave handled the line and we left Ketchikan about 7:45. It took us a bit to get our boat sense with all the navigation gear we have. We went south down Tongass Narrows, headed for Foggy Bay. Don turned to the port a bit soon down the Nichols Passage and we tracked back on our path to get to Revillagigedo Channel. We stopped short of Foggy bay, just north, to try fishing for halibut. Don caught two rockfish that we kept for bait. While we were fishing, Dave spotted a humpback blowing near a herring ball. It reminded us of the time in Queen Charlotte Sound when Dave and I were fishing a herring ball and a humpback came up, right underneath our little dinghy and swallowed the entire herring ball up with 5-10 feet of us. We had a laugh at the memory.
To Alaska!Don/ Wet
07/30/2011, In Ketchikan
Debbie and I flew to Dallas, then to Seattle, then to Ketchikan where we met Barb and Dave. We spent our first night in a hotel, where I got up very early and completed the edits on the theoretical chapter. Then, we spent the day provisioning the boat, getting everything loaded and stored. We also had to sort out a number of items aboard. Charterers never leave things where we like them to be. I unpacked all the fishing gear and made the aft cabin bed while Debbie, Barb, and Dave went shopping. I also got the refrigerators and freezer going to get cold and filled up the water tanks and put the cover on Rubber Ducky. After loading everything and putting things away, Don and Dave went back to the grocery store for a few final, "man food" items missed on the first trip: beef jerky, licorice, Margarita mix, heavy cream (for chowder), cookies, breakfast strudel, bacon, summer sausages, addition Jiffy Pop popcorn, and other important items the ladies had missed on their trip.
Alaskan DreamingDon / Hot
07/29/2011, Waterford, CT
Oh, how we have been dreaming of this trip! We are taking our boat, Change of Latitude home after it has been playing in Alaska on the Mother Goose trip with Northwest Explorations. Now, she is in Ketchikan waiting for us to take her home. I have been hard to get a ton of things done so I could enjoy this month on the boat with Debbie and her sister Barb and brother-in-law Dave: getting a large, federal research grant in shape so all would be ready for the start of the new school year; helping my doctoral students advance their dissertation research; recruiting school districts for participation in our research next year; completing a very important theoretical chapter on new literacies for the sixth edition of Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading (thanks to all my co-authors and to the editors, Norm Unrau and Donna Alvermann!); dealing with a few doctors about health matters; and giving a few talks this summer. Now, it is time to enjoy!
Caity and Brian Pemberton at the Rendezvous dinner05/15/2011, Roche Harbor, WA
Waiting for dinner at Roche Harbor.
Grand Banks Rendezvous at Roche Harbor05/15/2011
Here is the line up of Grand Banks at the dock.
Caity and I attended cooking class to learn how to do a pig roast.05/14/2011
Yes, that is a power saw they are using!
A cat similar to Leu CatDon / Cool
The owner of this older Lagoon model cat, built in the US, lives in Victoria. His boat is a bit like my brother Dave and Mary's, Leu Cat. They are in Fiji now, sailing around the world. So cool!
Change of Latitude at Prevost Harbor State MarineParkDon / Cool
05/13/2011, Prevost Harbor
We spent a night at this wonderfully quiet place.
New Rod Holders05/13/2011
Caity and I put these on.
Paula and Brian DagnonDon / Cool
05/11/2011, Pleasure Bay
We took Paula and Brian out to Pleasure Bay and had dinner on the boat.