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

Hoonah. July 1-July 2, 2011.

18 July 2011 | posted at Sitka
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Hammer and nail contest at Hoonah.

“Ready, set, go,” yelled the announcer. A din of clonks, bangs and laughter erupted as a dozen people started pounding nails into wooden planks. A few minutes the first contestant to pound both his nails in straight raised his hammer in celebration. “We’ve got a first place winner!” shouted the announcer. “Who will be second?”

We were watching Hoonah’s 4th of July Celebration. It had started with a parade, moved on to foot races, lemon-rolling contests, pudding eating contests and now the hammer and nail contest. The egg-tossing contest was still ahead. It was a fine 4th of July. But there was one problem: It wasn’t the 4th of July. A cruise ship was schedule to arrive at Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point Development on the 4th and so many Hoonah residents had to work on that day that the town had moved their Independence Day celebration to July 2nd. “Happy 4th of July on the 2nd ” said a sign on a fire truck in the parade.

Hoonah’s scheduling problem was our scheduling break. We’d been debating where to anchor the night before our Glacier Bay permit started on July 3rd. With southeasterlies forecast, there weren’t many options. Karen and Dave were eager to see an Alaskan 4th of July, something we thought we would miss because of our permit. We decided to stay another day and get up at 4:30 on the 3rd to ride the tide out Icy Strait to Glacier Bay.

The change in the Indpendence Day celebration wasn’t the only change we found in Hoonah since we were last here in 2008. Some were good: the Office Bar had added wifi and the town library was now open in the summer. Others we weren’t so sure of: The Galley Restaurant was now the Misty Bay Lodge and the halibut pizza had been replaced with a seafood pizza with an Alfredo sauce. And Paul Dybdahl had finally retired from the Harbormaster’s job. But the Harbor office still insisted we either pay moorage for our dinghy or put it on deck and the Laundramat and showers were as clean as ever. In short, Hoonah is still a great stop on the way to Glacier Bay.
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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