Leaving Frederick Sound, we enter Seymore Canal with sightings of spouts rising from the ocean surface. Humpback whales are feeding all around. Our destination is Pack Creek Bear Preserve 11 miles up the canal on Admiralty Island. The dolphins soon join us for an escort up the bay. They seem so carefree as they play […]
The Gota Canal (pronounced “Yota” to rhyme with “Yoda”) was named the Swedish Construction of the Millennium. Completed in 1832, the 120-mile (190km) long canal took 22 years to build using 58,000 workers, has 58 locks and 48 bridges, and rises 301ft (91.8m) above sea level. It is a sister canal to the Caledonian Canal…
Dylan and Dee Dee may not join Dora on her dog park trip but they are still enjoying visiting DC. So what is their routine?
Mom heads out early before the heat really kicks in. First, she takes Dylan for a walk along the waterfront at The Wharf. There are long piers to visit, side streets to explore, and lots of people saying how cute he is. Note the Washington Monument in the background.
Then it’s Dee Dee’s turn. The kids let Mom know when it’s time to get out of the heat and back to the blessed A/C on the boat. This morning things had cooled after a fierce storm last night so the walk was longer than it has been.
There are plenty of trees and posts and planters so Dylan and Dee Dee can send and receive their pee-mail.
There are even fire hydrants.
Of course, Dora thinks it is all terribly unfair that she is left behind. No worry, her dog park time is coming.
Lake Malaren is the third largest in Sweden, stretching 64 nm west from Stockholm. The lake is accessible from the Baltic via locks at Sodertalje, where we toured the Scania manufacturing plant, and at Stockholm. The path through Lake Malaren via these two locks provided a scenic and convenient shortcut for our 100-mile trip from…
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” -John Muir
On Saturday we finally got a nice day to explore and hike at Chimney Bluffs State Park. High water in Lake Ontario this past spring made hiking along the beach impossible, but today we were able to hike the beach and the Bluff Trail. We started with the beach and I was less than impressed…I guess my expectations were set too high. It was nice and I was glad we had come, but it just seemed like a rocky beach with cliffs that that weren’t too impressive…at least from the water. Well, all that changed as soon as we hiked to the top of the cliffs…the cliff definitely seemed higher and VERY impressive from the rim where we could have easily fallen off. The Bluff Trail gave us a wonderful view of the lake and an amazing look at the power of nature.
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The journey south went smoothly with one pleasant surprise along the way. We chose the “outside-inside” route from Prince Rupert along Petrel and Principe Channels. Whale activity in Squally and Whale (I wonder how that name came about) Channels was brisk. During one early morning start to reach a fishing area for the first bite of the day, three or four whales came vertically out of the water 200-300 yards away in a tight column with mouths open gathering their breakfast of herring and other bait fish. Of course no photo was taken as it happened and ended so quickly. Lots of whale tails, however.
While in this area, I received an e-mail from friends Don & Natala saying that they would be flying in their float plane (see Echo Bay Aerodrome) in the area exploring lakes on the islands and could I suggest a possible rendezvous. After exchanging several satellite messages and phone calls we managed to work out a time and place. Amazingly, it all worked perfectly as though we had planned and rehearsed it in advance. It is a bit odd to look out the rear doors to the salon and see an airplane propeller 6 feet from your stern. The weather was calm and Don & Natala spent the night flying off the next day while we continued south at a more measured pace.
We fished our usual places along the route and caught six nice silver (aka, coho) salmon for the freezer. Our stay north of Cape Caution was abbreviated by a long range weather forecast for a period of windier conditions which would keep us from rounding Cape Caution. While not having a rigid schedule we weren’t willing to risk a prolonged delay to our journey south. Others had similar concerns as there were more than a dozen pleasure craft transiting Cape Caution along with us.
From here we’ll head into the Broughton’s for a few days before transiting the constrictions south of Johnstone Strait.
We are excited to have our niece and nephew, Courtney and Storm, join us in Petersburg for 10 days aboard Idyll Time. As a surprise present, we treated them to a tour and kayak adventure to LeConte Glacier with Scott of Tonga’s Kayak. This was their first visit to a glacier and even with the […]
Several land based projects are standing in the way of any cruising plans this year, but it does look like we’ll be moving aboard soon. We’re renovating our home in Jupiter and having lived amidst that before – we’ll not do it not again. Our new home p…