Our route and current location: [Note - I forgot to turn on tracking for a while - the track is discontinuous but does pick up later]
For those following along at home - and at work - the Sail Blog app is just a straight line, giving our anchored locations - where we end for the day. The Garmin track linked above, which starts in Powell River, gives a fairly continuous track of our travels; showing the ins and outs (and backtracking) we are doing. Also you will notice that the dates of the writing may seem a little off. Entries get written when there is a good internet connection and may reflect that date. We will try to start putting the date(s) we are at a specific location into the heading.
We left the dock at Ketchikan mid-morning and filled up with fuel. This was the first 'do-it-yourself' pump we had encountered in our trip. Put your card in just like filling your car up and away you go. We filled up and off we went. We were headed towards a place called Meyers Chuck - a very small community 34 miles away from Ketchikan. It was a great spot to anchor; very protected, and just about half way to our next anchorage.
We arrived in the afternoon and spend the time on the boat, enjoying the evening sun and having dinner in the cockpit. In the morning, we got a little startle; someone knocked on our hull. It turned out to be the local postmistress, who doubles as a baker for visiting boats. She had made sticky buns that morning and was asking if we would care for some? Would we ever! Warm sticky buns delivered to the boat; what a treat! We purchased a couple and agreed to meet her on shore later for a quick look around the small community. Meyers Chuck has a very small local craft store and a small Post Office, which is the center of town. I was able to purchase an Alaska fishing license there for crab and fish so that was great. We walked around a bit with the post mistress as our guide and then headed back out to enjoy the rest of the day.
The following day, we picked up anchor at noon and made our way up Ernest Sound to Frosty Bay. The weather was great, with a blue sky - and of course - no wind. It was an uneventful trip, and we dropped the hook in Frosty Bay at @ 5:30 that evening. I took the dinghy out for a short trip, and cut the outboard and just glided along for a while. At the head of the bay, it was still enough to have the reflection of the water look like a mirror; almost like one of those MC Escher images where you don't really know which way is up. It was a very peaceful evening.
The following day we got ready pretty early, we were headed to the Anan Bear Observatory at Anan Creek.