22 April 2017 | Chignik,, Alaska
Chignik was fun. Since there was no room to tie in the harbor, one of the big fishing boats called us on the radio and offered that we could side tie to them. This made for a great time. Our host was a boat named "Lucrative", captained by a young man named Gary. Gary was an excellent host and offered that we could use his hot shower and bathroom facilities on board his big boat. We took him up on it at least once. Gary told us of a local lady who baked doughnuts fresh on (I think) Tuesdays. He said that she also makes some filled with the delicious Salmon Berries that we had found in Dutch Harbor. We had heard of these doughnuts, out in here in the wilderness, from our friends Gaby and Lutz from SuAn. They had tried to get some, but found that the fishermen had bought them all up before they got to the shop. Ok then, Gary was going to make the run in the morning, and I offered that we would buy as a way to say thank you for the hospitality. Good trade! So in the morning, Gary disappeared and returned a while later with TWO boxes of fresh, hot (including Salmon Berry stuffed) doughnuts. He presented us with a whole box, and I asked "What's up with this?" He said that the lady had talked him into buying two boxes, that he thought we would like them, and he made a command decision. Thank you, Gary. That was a great decision. Maybe it was because we were so far out in the wild, or that since it was a bit chilly, I don't know, but your Rock and Roll Argonauts were in doughnut heaven. They really were yummy!
One day, as we sat in our boat talking with Gary on his boat, I heard behind me what sounded like a high-pressure hose come loose. It was, in fact, a whale. In the harbor, a whale. It had surfaced after swimming under Lucrative. I could have reached out and touched it. Elisabeth did manage to get a photo of it. Amazing. Alaska. We are having a great time.