16 July 2017 | Wrangell Harbor
Well, we got off to our planned early start for the passage down the Wrangell Narrows. Did we get the timing right? Yes, we did. It worked perfectly! Was it pretty? No clue. Why is that? Because we had the thickest zero/zero pea soup fog ever. It was total IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions. So for two hours, I am at the helm hand steering, watching the radar, the electronic chart and the compass. Coffee? Nope, it's too critical to take a break. Nature call? Forget about it!
But, we eventually got to the end of the narrows, the fog lifted and we could relax again. Such a pity. We were really looking forward to seeing it.
We had a nice passage the rest of the way, and arrived Wrangell about 11:30! We did make good time! The coolest thing was that the phone rang shortly after we arrived. It was Gabi and Lutz! They were on their way to Wrangell, they saw our AIS signal, and knew we were here. So, we got to compare notes about where we each had been for the past week, and to plan together our next moves. We have different things we want to do, so this might have been the last time our paths will cross until they arrive in San Francisco.
We had both planned to leave Wrangell for our destinations, this morning, but the weather was ugly, and tomorrow looks much nicer, so Elisabeth and I will hang out here for another day, but Gabi and Lutz went for it. We could have too, but it's just so much more fun when the weather is nice.
Our next destination will be a little settlement called Meyers Chuck about 50 miles down another pass with some narrows, so hopefully, we will have better luck seeing it. All is good, and with good fortune, we will be in Ketchikan come Tuesday! We hear it is cruise ship heaven (or hell, depending on your point of view). You'll get the honest report. No fake sailblogs here!
The photo is our reunion with Steve and Tracy in Hoonah. See ya!