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Arrival in Juneau
JoLe & KC
05/21/2012, Juneau, AK (Auke Bay)

We arrived in Juneau this afternoon around 1:30 p.m. Saw quite a few whales on the way in from Taku Harbor. No wind to speak of except, as usual in the Inside Passage, on our nose! Will hang around here, see family and friends, fish, hike and work, then head out around June 18 for San Francisco. Hopefully we'll also have time to add pictures to our blog and gallery while we're here.

Saw two dozen bald eagles feeding on a school of herring on our way into Auke Bay.

06/04/2012 | Earl Luff
Looks like you guys are having a fab time. We are enjoying the pics and text. Sail safe
Earl and Virginia
Bergs & Bears
JoLe & KC Wilson
05/20/2012, Taku Harbor, AK

We're docked in Taku Harbor, getting ready to have a glass of wine. Wish I could say we're having that glass of wine sitting on the back end of the boat in the sun, but NO. It just started to sprinkle as we came into the Harbor, otherwise all day has been pretty nice, high clouds with sun coming in and out.

We did see icebergs as we went further into Tracy Arm. About 5 - 6 miles away from the face of the glaciers the icebergs became so profuse we couldn't find a path through them so we turned back. We were at a point that the icebergs were much larger than our boat.

Since it was still fairly early in the day we headed to Taku Harbor. On our way out of Tracy Arm KC spotted two bears in the cove that we anchored in the night before. We made a U-turn and headed back into the cove to check them out. I brought the sailboat as close to shore as possible without a depth finder and KC and Dick dropped the dinghy in the water and headed to shore while I did circles in the cove and watched through the binocs. They got about 30' from the bears (in the dinghy, not on shore!). They were about 2 year old cubs, one of which was sitting right on the edge of the water watching and as KC and Dick got closer, he just watched them and then went back to scratching himself. Also saw a whale feeding at the entrance to Taku Harbor.

Day of the Dalls Porpoise
JoLe & KC Wilson
05/19/2012, The Cove @ Tracy Arm, AK

Today has been the day of the Dalls Porpoise, the big black and white porpoises they have here. We saw numerous pods, a couple of which came and played with the boat. Amazing to stand on the bow of the boat watching them speed across the bow so close that you're sure they're going to be hurt but they leap across or under just in time! I thought we were going to get splashed by one pod of about 5 who played with the boat (bow area mostly) for about 30 minutes as they were cutting in so close!

We are currently on our way into the cove in the mouth of Tracy Arm and there's a black bear on the beach. If the weather continues tomorrow like it is today (clouds with sunshine and not a breath of wind, it's like motoring on a millpond, amazing!) we're thinking of heading up Tracy Arm to see the glaciers. This is the first time that we've been here and not seen any icebergs, very strange. It will be interesting to see if there any icebergs further up the Arm.

Dick and KC out on deck having a glass of wine prior to dinner.

Weather: 45 degrees this morning at 6:00 a.m., 58 degrees this p.m.

Petersburg/Biard Glacier
JoLe & KC Wilson
05/18/2012, Porter Cove, Thomas Bay, AK

Went through the Wrangell Narrows this morning. For the first time we met not only one ferry, but two, coming through the Narrows! We met the Matanuska about half way through the Narrows and the Fairweather at the Northern end. Arrived in Petersburg and our friend, Dick, met us on the dock, took our lines for us and off we went for lunch. Interesting time to be in Petersburg as they are celebrating Norwegian Independence Day (5/17) all week with the Little Norway Festival. Main street was blocked off, the Pickled Herring Band was playing, and there were all sorts of interesting folk walking around town in pelts; only a photo can explain it. We enjoyed the uniqueness of the celebration for a bit and then jumped on the boat and headed to Thomas Bay and the Kustika (Spirit), also to see Baird Glacier. The Glacier has receded greatly over the years and doesn't calve into the bay like the Tracy Arm Glaciers so there are no icebergs to dodge around. It's pretty, but not as striking as Tracy Arm as there aren't the continuous waterfalls. Glad we came in though, something different. We're currently anchored in Porter Cove just below the glacier. KC and Dick are standing outside visiting while cooking tonights dinner on the grill, in sunshine! Weather: Started out @ 48 degrees at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 56 degrees @ 7 p.m., rain showers off and on, some brightness also.

Uneventful Day
JoLe & KC Wilson
05/17/2012, Cove on SW side of Wrangell Narrows

Nothing very eventful today. Zimovia Strait was as beautiful as ever. Winona, our cat, was our entertainment for the day. She came out this morning and went to her spot under the dodger, the corner right up next to the windshield. There had just been a quick rain shower so droplets were rolling down the windshield in front of her and it was funny to watch her try to catch them with her paws, and when she couldn't how perplexed she was! Stopped in Wrangell to fuel (put in 130 gallons, won't tell you the cost!) and watched a charter boat at the mouth of the harbor catch a salmon. Fishing at the harbor is an easy way to save on fuel costs.

Weather: 46 degrees this morning @ 6:30 a.m., 55 degrees this evening. Showers intermittently all day although it cleared up over Wrangell. Had some wind in Sumner Strait, 15 - 20+ knots on the way to the Wrangell Narrows anchorage but as it was all on our nose couldn't even motor sail.

Work, work, work...
JoLe & KC Wilson
05/15/2012, Ketchikan, AK

We decided to stay in Ketchikan another day to finish taking care of unfinished business. The unfinished business included actual/real work, taking care of emails that had backed up, final troubleshooting of the generator, mailing a part that's not working on the generator to be looked at by the technicians, and last, but definately not least, purchasing a transom mounted depth finder that KC plans on using by attaching it to our boat hook and lowering it into the water, should be interesting, but at least we'll have some idea of the depth and not feel so blind.

Weather today was once again sunshine and blue skies, although cold.

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