15 July 2017 | Petersburg, Alaska
Well, it was a wonderful passage from Baranof Warm Springs to Petersburg. The wait for favorable weather paid off. Since we were so close between those two big boats, and we had the current from the waterfall pushing us into the dock, we had to come up with an exit strategy. So, we talked to our neighbor, Jay, on the big outer boat. He let us slip a spring line to his rail. Then, we could use that to pull us a bit away from the dock and escape. Worked perfectly. Thank you Jay!
Nice flat water and we timed the tide just right to get to Petersburg. Along the way, we saw our first icebergs! Very beautiful, but don't get too close. Also saw some orcas jumping. The are really beautiful.
Petersburg is nice. It is a little fishing town with lots of Norwegian heritage. Good internet, good groceries, a nice Chinese restaurant (we love Chinese). The harbor is very helpful and nice people. So, it has been a good stop. We got to go for a 6 mile walk along the water today. That was a treat, and we got to see some of the Wrangell Narrows that we will pass through tomorrow morning. This is a passage that gets (as the name suggests) very narrow, and as such, the currents amplify. Then half way down, they change direction. So we leave in a flood tide, ride it for two hours, hit the slack in the middle, then ride the ebb out the other side. That's it in theory. Hope we get our timing right!
So then, it's off to bed for me as I get up at 0430 to catch the tide. Talk again in Wrangell!