Inland Passage 2016

July 8, 2016

If yesterday was our wildlife sighting day, today is the vista day. Actually everyday has been one of beauty, but today was perhaps a little more. We knew that we were going to be fighting the current so we thought we would take a slower morning. The whales were putting on quite a show and it seemed that we should take advantage of this display. Eventually though it was time to move on and feast our eyes on the surroundings.

 A dead Whale was stuck on a rock...this was not a pretty sight...could not tell what happened.

A dead Whale was stuck on a rock...this was not a pretty sight...could not tell what happened.

It had started out being a warm day with not much wind and then when we rounded a point we were hit with a blast of cold air and some stronger winds. We pulled into a beach and put on our dry suits. The tide was coming in rapidly as the bay was quite shallow and it was interesting to try to put our dry suits on and hold on to the boats.

 Looked like a decent landing until the tide started rolling in.

Looked like a decent landing until the tide started rolling in.

Interesting enough as we paddled out of the bay and around another point, the seas got quite calm and the sun warmed us up.. We decided to keep on the dry suits as we were going to cross Tracy Arm and did not want to be in the midst of the crossing without our dry suits on. In the middle of the crossing was a large iceberg that had floated out in the middle of the crossing.

 Two eagles were perched on top. Shortly after taking this photo the ice berg collapsed, Aways a good reason to stay clear of floating ice.

Two eagles were perched on top. Shortly after taking this photo the ice berg collapsed, Aways a good reason to stay clear of floating ice.

Below are a couple of photos we took of each other to show the calmness of the day!

Then there was the rock out cropping.

And the crossing of Tracy Arm. Easy decision to cross today.

 We were not the only ones out enjoying the view. Several cruise ships were heading in and out of Tracy Arm.   

We were not the only ones out enjoying the view. Several cruise ships were heading in and out of Tracy Arm.

 

 One more iceberg was in our way before we got to the other side.

One more iceberg was in our way before we got to the other side.

As we paddled close to shore we came upon several cascading waterfalls and filled up several droms.

Looking forward to setting up camp here.

Its Don's turn to cook tonight.

Still have Esri Man and Thing...they have become best buddies+

Great Day on the water. A feeling of peacefulness surrounds us.

Nautical miles paddled 24.3