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

Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm. June 20, 2011

27 June 2011 | posted at Juneau
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Dawes Glacier

A large chunk of ice let loose from the face of the glacier with a roar, setting up a series of waves and sending Osprey rolling. To the sound of cracking ice was added the constant roar of waterfalls and the drip and clink of ice on water.

From our location a quarter mile off the face of Dawes Glacier, all we could see were blue and white turrets rising straight up out of the water. In fact from the water the glacier looked almost small, a cozy little glacier. But we knew the glacier was a lot more than its face. Motoring around the final turn before the glacier, we’d been greeted with the site of the huge ice-river sweeping down from mountains far above.

That morning as we ate breakfast, we had listened to cruise ships and other marine traffic on the VHF radio. A constant stream of boats and ships seemed to be heading up Tracy Arm to Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. Slow-going boats like ours could get to the Sawyer Glaciers and back in an easy day while a trip to Dawes required either a very long day or an overnight stop somewhere. Perhaps that’s why we had a whole glacier to ourselves. It was worth it.
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)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
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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