Inland Passage 2016

June 20, 2016

 We are beginning the Alaskan part of the Inside passage today

We are beginning the Alaskan part of the Inside passage today

Today we will be in Alaskan Waters. The paddle around Cape Fox went well. Soon we will be past the waters that are exposed to the Pacific in the area called Dixon Entrance There were relatively large swells and we would disappear from each other when we were in the trough.  I give a thumbs up as we are back in the states and the sea state is good.

 Ketchikan here we come.

Ketchikan here we come.

A lot of boats were rolling around in the swell as well.  We learned that there was an opening which makes sense of why these boats were here. They came in all sizes and were using various techniques to catch the salmon.

 Did not look fun to be on board today.

Did not look fun to be on board today.

 An Alaskan lighthouse

An Alaskan lighthouse

Steady progress with the wind and current with us. We passed a cool looking light house. Most of the light houses here are not manned like they were in Canada. Talked to one fisherman that said the fishing was slow. We watched a couple of nets being pulled in and that seemed accurate. Not too much wildlife today except for one whale who rose quite near our boats. We only saw the whale once. Sure would be fun to be able to see what they are doing underwater. The day kept getting sunnier and calmer, exactly opposite of the weather forecast. When we saw a sandy beach with a place for the tent and kitchen to be in the woods, we opted to stop, set up camp and and enjoy the scenery.

 When there is a hardened campsite in the forest, we take advantage of it.

When there is a hardened campsite in the forest, we take advantage of it.

 Great view

Great view

Our plan is to not have a long paddle day tomorrow as we want to be in a position to be in Ketchikan in the morning the next day and leave by late afternoon. So time to read. pick some huckleberries and just check out the view.

Nautical Miles Paddled 24.7