North to Alaska 2022

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising through Canada up to SE Alaska!

26 June 2022 | Ketchican, Alaska
23 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
20 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
16 June 2022 | Ketchican, Alaska
15 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
13 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
10 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
03 June 2022 | Ketchican, Alaska
02 June 2022 | Foggy Bay, Alaska to Ketchican, Alaska
28 May 2022 | Foggy Bay, Alaska to Ketchican, Alaska
26 May 2022 | Prince Rupert, BC
23 May 2022 | Alexander Inlet, BC
21 May 2022 | Shearwater BC
20 May 2022 | Kisameet Bay, BC
19 May 2022 | Cape Caution, BC
17 May 2022 | Port McNeil, BC
17 May 2022 | Blunden Harbour, BC
12 May 2022 | Campbell River, BC
11 May 2022 | Georgia Straits

Hiking Deer Mountain

26 June 2022 | Ketchican, Alaska
George Stonecliffe
The Canadians have an expression we enjoy using when describing the effort or difficulty of anything. So I have to say, "it was a bit of a hike," meaning it was definitely not easy. In this case, it was really tough, unlike the strenuous hike George and I experienced years ago. While sitting
here at the marina in Ketchikan, I look up at Deer Mountain with the snow ever so slowly melting from the scree slopes at the top, a green forest blanketing its western slope. I finally got my courage up and started asking around other cruisers about it. Ralph on motor vessel Sweet Thursday
said he had nothing else to do and would love to go with me. Knowing there are black bears present in these woods, I wanted to start out mid-morning hoping there would be a number of other people on the trail. Ralph and I got on the bus which let us off about a half mile from the trailhead.
I had been warned that that walk would be very steep, and it was. 7.1 miles in all, 2800' elevation gain.
The trail took us through a lovely old growth forest filled with big Sitka spruce and hemlock the forest floor choked with salmonberry, huckleberry, salmonberry, foam flower, and all sorts of other ground covers. Blowdowns also covered the forest floor at times. The trail had been well
maintained, but endured much erosion from rainfall, water rushing down the trail and washing away soil. Many, many waterbreak logs had been placed across the trail to control erosion, but I found myself stepping up knee-high steps over them most of the way . Sometimes I found a way to
walk around these steep steps, sometimes tramping over slippery basalt embedded in the soil or stones used as helpful intermediate steps. Ralph ended up being a easy companion, cheerfully hiking along at the same speed. Openings in the forest afforded occasional views over the water
and islands below. When we finally reached our lunch stop, we had hiked up 2700' in just 3 miles. The city and harbor of Ketchikan stretched out far below us. Other hikers proceeded further into the snow up to the summit at 3,000'. Bugs quickly found us and forced a quick retreat.
Going back down turned out to be much easier than we had anticipated although we remained vigilant, not wanting to slip or fall on the sharp rocks. We stopped along the way to admire different features we had missed along the way up: a huge tree root system belonging to a fallen old
tree, a single (single delight waxflower Moneses uniflora), marsh marigolds, deer cabbage (Fauria crista-galli), a little stream having dug a deep v-shaped cut just off the trail, and bird calls: hermit thrush, Townsend warbler, winter wren, Swainson's thrush among the crow and raven calls.
Yes, we were tired and glad for the bus ride back. I will remember this beautiful day in spite of aching muscles the following day reminding me, yes, it was "a bit of a hike".

Anyone have a Turbo

23 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
George Stonecliffe | Sunny and 70F
After replacing our fuel injector pump, we also replaced our four fuel injectors. The engine seemed back to normal as we could reach 3300rpm in neutral, no smoke, and she sounded great!! But when we put the engine into forward gear, she labored, up to 1500rpm, and started black smoke which told us she was overloaded.
Our mechanic and other boaters suggested that the turbo was not spooling up, that is as the rpm advanced, the air/fuel mixture was not adequate. Air from our turbo was not meeting the demand. The turbo (and engine) has 5900 hours, which is probably at its useful end. So our next step is replacing the turbo.
Meanwhile, here we sit in Ketchikan!
The photo is of Creek Street in old town Ketchikan.


20 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
George Stonecliffe
No, we didn't hit any rocks. We're still at the dock in Ketchikan, waiting for 2 new fuel injectors to arrive from Seattle. George also sent 5 to Seattle Injectors, Inc. to be refurbished. With the 3-day week-end, it is taking FOREVER to get our engine parts back. Today we used our time cleaning up the interior, scrubbing the dinghy inside and out, and mending exterior dodger curtains where the zipper stitching had rotted. Without Sue's sewing machine she accomplished this with needle and thread, the old fashioned way.
Sue has been reading an oceanography textbook given to us by Gary. Geologists and astronomers have discovered a lot that she never knew before about the earth and its origins. The attached photo depicts a thin layer of earth crust peeled off during the Pacific plate subduction, rocks staying on the surface and squished together, hence the striped and undulating formations. Reading about this phenomenon she remembered seeing pillow basalt stones piled up along the shore in Foggy Bay. It's so interesting to learn about the places we visit, gazing at the natural wonders surrounding us.
Do take a look at the photo album associated with this blog to see totem poles, long houses, and beautiful scenery surrounding Ketchikan.

Minus Tide

16 June 2022 | Ketchican, Alaska
George Stonecliffe
Sue returned to Kechikan yesterday as the weather turned sunny and warm. Jerry, our engine mechanic finished installing the new pump and the engine runs and sounds great once again. Along with a full moon came a minus tide visible at the dock along with numerous sea creatures that
love the brackish water, clear and clean fresh water from a nearby stream. Sue enjoyed photographing starfish, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, and Dungeness Crabs scurrying along the bottom, hiding in the shadows of the boats and docks while the starfish clung to the pilings hoping to stay in
the water, sometimes unsuccessfully. Bald Eagles defended their territory within the marina while sitting atop a light pole, crying and swooping after intruding Bald Eagle adults and juveniles. Meanwhile, George, ever attentive to the working of the engine pulled out the fuel injectors and
installed three reconditioned ones Sue brought back from Portland. The fourth one will be sent from Seattle and should arrive in a few days. Meanwhile, we're enjoying lovely weather, walking to the grocery, and eating out for dinner at a nearby hotel.

FedEx Arrived

15 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
George Stonecliffe | Partly sunny, good for varnishing
The fuel injector pump arrived today at 3pm, just 2 days early. The mechanic will be here Thursday to install the pump, and hopefully get our engine back up and running! Sue will be back Wednesday, the 15th after seeing our granddaughter Elaine graduate from U of Oregon. She had a whirlwind trip to Portland, accomplishing much! She'll arrive on June 15th, our wedding anniversary! Sweet!

FedEx Comes Tomorrow

13 June 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska
George Stonecliffe | Overcast, but dry
The FedEx tracking number shows delivery of the fuel injector pump comes to Ketchikan tomorrow! I met Jerry Rogers, the mechanic, today. He came to 'Julia Max' to see the Yanmar engine that he would install the new fuel injector pump on. I gave him Section 6 of my Engine Manual, 'Fuel System, including the Fuel Injector Pump'. He said turning the timing wheel to 12 o'clock is critical before removing the pump. He asked about the problem, and hearing about metallic shavings, and then erratic fuel injector pump pressure, he realized the distributor of the pump was no longer functioning well. He commented that the disconnecting of the pump will take time; then after the new pump is in place, reconnecting the pump will also take time. He will be at the boat with pump on Thursday, the 16th!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Fully vaccinated, we are positioning ourselves to head north through Canada to Alaska's amazing Glacier Bay NP and back. Have a wonderful summer. Cheers to all!
Julia Max's Photos - Pacific NW 2011
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Chemainus, BC has murals all over town that tell the history of the town!  Fascinating!
Chemainus, BC has murals all over town that tell the history of the town! Fascinating!
Added 3 June 2011