Inland Passage 2016

July 11, 2016

Slow mornings are becoming a pattern. I guess we are in that tide cycle and going up smaller channels have a greater effect. Today, however, the wind picked up and it had a greater influence on our paddling than the tide. Its a beautiful day and we are experiencing all kinds of sea states.

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We are feeling blessed that we can see the mountain tops. Often this area has low lying clouds, but not today.

We head into shore to take a lunch break and find a hammock that someone has made out of a fish net. We take advantage of it for a fun break.

 So do Thing and Esri guy

So do Thing and Esri guy

Our friend NeNe also told us about a nice camp site on an island that we are approaching. The wind has now picked up and the waves are beginning to build. It is early in the day and we had not planned on stopping quite yet. However, once we checked out the recommended campsite and saw the best berries of the trip, we decided to stay.  It is a beautiful hardened site in the woods and it is good!

 Best berries of the trip.

Best berries of the trip.

Just a little small world fact. Don walked out to the beach and saw a lone kayaker working his way by along  the shoreline. It was somewhat lumpy and he seemed like he was paying attention to what the sea state was doing.  Later we found out that this kayaker who works part time in Juneaus was going to work with us in Petersburg on a NOLS course in a couple of weeks. He had seen our kayaks, but did not want to bother us and Don could not get his attention to invite him in. If the weather pattern holds we may be in Skagway in 3 or 4 days.

Nautical miles paddled 15.7