In case you were asking yourself how we choose our blog titles – It is usually a line that we have used a lot during the specific leg. Both of us cannot imagine doing this expedition with any other person, so don’t get us wrong 🙂
The last leg was holding some surprises for us as usual and it is these unpredictable incidents that make this trip so enriching!
1. Nasty northwest winds in Clarence Strait
Saying goodbye to Ketchikan was surprisingly releaving. Once we left the rather narrow channel a.k.a. Ketchikan’s vessel and floatplane highway, we found ourselves surrounded by beautiful beaches and wonderful waterways. The wind was blowing strong from the northwest, making our core muscles work even harder. We made it to Knudson Bay, where KT and Jared Gross from Southeast Exposure invited us to stay in their amazing boat house. Kudos to their kayak operation setup, very impressive!
And what can we say.. Betsy, Jared’s mum, we are so grateful for all you have done for us! Thanks for sharing all of your kayak stories, for making us sandwiches and giving us a ride on your boat to avoid crossing Behm Canal in challenging weather conditions. You are a badass woman!
2. Meyer’s Chuck – remotely together
Meyer’s Chuck has it going on! Everybody was so incredibly friendly and welcoming, that we did not want to leave this place after all. Thanks to Carol and Dan for inviting us over for dinner and providing a great place to camp, and also thanks to Rikard and his dad Snorre for taking us out on their boat fishing. After long discussions and contemplation, both of us have decided to eat fish after 10 and 12 years, as long as it was caught sustainably in the area we are in. This was a big decision for us and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity.
3. Stikine River Crossing
Even before we arrived in Wrangell, the murky colour of the water indicated the mighty Stikine River miles north of us. The Stikine connects Southeast Alaska with B.C. and its broad sedimentary fan extends 20 miles north from Wrangell. With the high tide four hours ahead of us and superb south westerlies, we sailed across the delta towards Dry Strait, where the currents and winds pushed us further. We did not have any issues with the mud flats and enjoyed this funky ride to Ideal Cove.
Despite the fact that we are in (brown and black) bear country now, we have not seen too many bears. Whenever we can, we try to camp on islands to avoid them even more. In Wrangell we fortunately ran into biologist and photographer Robert E. Johnson, who had the most useful tips for us.
Leg 8 will bring us up to Baranof Island’s Warm Springs Bay, where our next resupply box was assembled by the kind people of the Alaska Whale Foundation, whom Leo has been volunteering for over the last three years. Thanks Andy!
We cannot wait to take a bath in the hot springs and to go swimming in Baranof Lake.
The blog will be posted a bit later this time, as we will not have internet access up there.