Voyages North

11 July 2021 | Posted in Seattle
10 April 2020 | Posted in Seattle
30 August 2019 | Posted at Port MCNeill
13 August 2019 | Posted at Prince Rupert
03 August 2019 | Posted at Ketchikan
02 August 2019 | posted in Metlakatla AK
22 July 2019 | Posted at Klawock/Craig
09 July 2019 | Posted at Juneau
09 July 2019 | Posted at Juneau

Takatz Bay, East Coast Baranof Island, Chatham Strait. July 25, 2015

01 August 2015 | posted at Ratz Harbor, Prince of Wales Island
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Osprey anchored at Takatz Bay

We motored south in Chatham Strait over a glass sea. To starboard, steep majestic mountains with snowfields and blue glaciers rose above us.

But something seemed different. Puzzled, I looked through binoculars to see gray barren slopes surrounding the glaciers. What I was seeing were areas normally covered by snow, so newly bared that no plants had been able to establish a foothold. Alaska's record-breaking warm winter was plainly visible.

Photo: A mountain on Baranof Island. Notice the gray areas around the snow.

We turned into Takatz Bay, a place we'd never been before. Small cirques and U-shaped valleys towered above us, testament to long-ago glaciation. Lush forests occupied the lower elevations.

As we made our final turn into the anchoring basin, a large white powerboat came into view, anchored in our planned spot. I had forgotten how popular the east coast of Baranof is. We anchored near the shore, closer to a rock than we normally would, but still far enough off to be safe. Later, a second powerboat anchored farther out in deeper water.

The next morning while Steve worked on the engine, I inflated my kayak and went for a paddle, gliding by moss-covered boulders and gazing at a waterfall tumbling over a series of rock steps.

Here we were on our sixth trip to SE Alaska and still finding fantastic new anchorages.
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. [...]
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