Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Sun in Alaska. Really!

18 June 2013 | posted at Wrangell
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: A summer day in Berg Bay, near Wrangell.

Summer started our second day in Misty Fiord. Nary a wisp of fog obscured the spectacular cliffs in Punchbowl Cove. The next day, in Walker Cove, we saw knobby mountains and hanging valleys we hadn't seen when we were here in 2007. The sun continued through our stop at Loring in West Behm Canal where we walked the trail along Roosevelt Lagoon without fear of slipping on wet boards. In Meyers Chuck locals and boaters gathered on the dock and sat in boat cockpits into the summer evening. Frosty Bay wasn't the least bit frosty and only distant snow in the mountains of Berg Bay reminded us this was Alaska.

When we arrived in Wrangell, the temperature was in the 80s. We wore short sleeve T-shirts and wished we'd worn shorts. We had dinner at the Stikine Inn and I had a margarita and an Ahi salad. What country were we in?

But there was no mistaking we were in Alaska when we walked back to the marina. On the road a thin old man supported by a gnarled walking stick greeted us. His beard hung almost to his waist. Red suspenders with "Alaska" written in bold topped a yellow T-shirt and held up his blue sweatpants.

"Are you having a good day?" he asked us. Then, the usual question Alaskans asks outsiders, "Where are you from?" When we replied, "Seattle, Ballard," he said, "I came from the Skagit flats, Sedro Wooley."

"We weren't prepared for this heat," said Steve.
"No," the old man said. "It doesn't seem right. Doesn't feel like Alaska."

The next morning when we woke to the more usual Alaska clouds, I was almost relieved.
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Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
About:
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
Extra:
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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