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

Takatz Bay, East Coast Baranof Island, Chatham Strait. July 25, 2015

01 August 2015 | posted at Ratz Harbor, Prince of Wales Island
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Osprey anchored at Takatz Bay

We motored south in Chatham Strait over a glass sea. To starboard, steep majestic mountains with snowfields and blue glaciers rose above us.

But something seemed different. Puzzled, I looked through binoculars to see gray barren slopes surrounding the glaciers. What I was seeing were areas normally covered by snow, so newly bared that no plants had been able to establish a foothold. Alaska's record-breaking warm winter was plainly visible.


Photo: A mountain on Baranof Island. Notice the gray areas around the snow.

We turned into Takatz Bay, a place we'd never been before. Small cirques and U-shaped valleys towered above us, testament to long-ago glaciation. Lush forests occupied the lower elevations.

As we made our final turn into the anchoring basin, a large white powerboat came into view, anchored in our planned spot. I had forgotten how popular the east coast of Baranof is. We anchored near the shore, closer to a rock than we normally would, but still far enough off to be safe. Later, a second powerboat anchored farther out in deeper water.

The next morning while Steve worked on the engine, I inflated my kayak and went for a paddle, gliding by moss-covered boulders and gazing at a waterfall tumbling over a series of rock steps.

Here we were on our sixth trip to SE Alaska and still finding fantastic new anchorages.
Comments
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 [...]
Gallery Error: Unknown Album [1:]:2696
Osprey's Photos -