1000 Islands Getaway

“The older I get, the more I understand it’s okay to live a life that others do not understand.” ~Anonymous
One of our favorite places we’ve traveled on The Pearl is the 1000 Islands, Clayton being one of the best ports. We haven’t been in the area since 2018, so we decided to take a little road trip and revisit the area and stay in Clayton.

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June Updates

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” –Confucius
Wow it’s hard to believe the summer is flying by. It seems like we just got here and now two months have gone by. Besides spending a lot of time with our family we’ve been getting out and enjoying the great weather and a few of our favorite places. We’ve also enjoyed catching up with some cruising friends we haven’t seen in several years.  

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Wrangell Narrows

Leaving Petersburg, we are heading south today thru the Wrangell Narrows. This 21 mile long passage connects Frederick Sound to Sumner Strait. It is a busy waterway with almost all South East Alaska traffic passing thru these narrows. The 400 foot long Alaska Ferries and barges use this route. Meeting some of the big guys […]

June 16-18 Graham’s Visit

“Some of our greatest blessings call us ‘Mimi’ and ‘Poppy’.” ~Anonymous

Each of our Pennsylvania grands get to come and spend individual time on the boat during the summer. This was Graham’s sixth year. Wow, has he grown and changed during that time. The little toddler who came the first year has turned into a lanky self assured big boy who loves to explore and eat. 

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Hike to Swan Lake

If you have followed our blog, you know that Thomas Bay is one of our favorite anchorages. One attraction to this anchorage for us is the ability to hike on the Cascades Creek trail. We have hiked parts of the difficult trail but have never made it to Swan Lake about 10 miles away. So […]

Exploring Frederick Sound 2022

After a sleepless night in Farragut Bay due to high winds, we are happy to get underway this morning. Cruising down Frederick Sound, we spot several whale spouts. This area is world renown for its large concentration of Humpback Whales during the summer months. Today we spot only a few. It is still early in […]

Petersburg to Sitka

We headed north from Petersburg on the morning of June 7 shortly before the turn to ebb tide. The building ebb current gave us a boost until we were partway across Fredrick Sound heading towards Point Gardiner. W2022-Cruise-073xhen reached Point Gardiner and started north up Chatham Strait we picked up the flood current and the boost until we entered Ell Cove. The cove was vacant when we arrived but shortly after our anchor was down, we were joined by the classic yacht Westward for the night.

The next morning we got an early start to catch as much of the dying flood current up Chatham Strait and into Peril Strait. Our original goal was an anchorage just short of Sergius Narrows, but soon we realized our early start allowed us to transit Sergius Narrows at slack current and continue on to Sitka the same day. When we reached Sitka in the afternoon, the wind was blowing in the upper teens inside the breakwater.  Rather than risk an awkward docking in challenging conditions, we continued past Sitka and anchored south of town in Leesofskaia Bay, a very protected location.

2022-Cruise-077xAfter a calm night, we returned to Sitka and were secured in a slip shortly after 9 AM.  This thrilled Drake as being in town allowed for frequents walks and visits to a dog park a short distance from the harbor.

After three nights in town, we headed out of town southward along the western shore of Baranof Island and anchored in Scow Bay on Beauchamp Island. The next day we continued south along the coast into Whale Bay where Marcia did some salmon fishing. We anchored the night in Kritoi Basin.

The next morning the forecast was for a low swell and light winds but for the swell and wind to increase the following day. Rather the deal with that, after Marcia fished the morning bite, retraced our route north in good conditions anchoring in Herring Bay on Elovi Island. Along the way, we passed Shearwater, a “classic” Diesel Duck owned by David Cohn.  We agreed to meet back in Sitka in a few days after they returned to town.

2022-Cruise-075xFollowing a calm night, we made an early departure on a falling tide through the shallow entrance to Herring Bay. We arrived back in Sitka shortly after 9 am so that Drake would have a full day of walks and ball play.

When we arrived in Sitka we discovered fellow Queen City Yacht Club member, Ann & Craig Wilbour were here on their Ocean Alexander 45 Shot-8. We spent an evening with them catching up on each others travels.

2022-Cruise-082xThe next night, after David Cohn on Shearwater returned, he invited us to a halibut dinner on board with his crew mate Mary Kay and friends Wade & Betty. Lots of stories were told.

We’ve grown to appreciate the trail system in Sitka that is easily accessible from the harbor yet takes you into some lovely terrain surrounding Sitka.  We’re use to walking in the various towns in SEAK but Sitka is certainly at or near the top of the towns we visit in “walkability:.

From here we expect to head back to Chatham Strait and eventually work our way north. Glacier Bay NP and Juneau are expected destinations but were not sure when.

Farragut Bay

Jeff is out at 7 AM this morning to collect our crab traps as it is time to say goodbye to Ideal Cove and explore some more areas of South East Alaska. The anchorage is again productive with another six nice size crabs. It is a beautiful morning as we exit the anchorage and enter […]

June 8 – Buttermilk Falls State Park

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” —Joshua J. Marine

Ithaca’s slogan is ‘Ithaca is Gorges’. The town of Ithaca has four gorges that were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago and there are more waterfalls through these beautiful gorges than a hiker can count. Reports say there are over 150 waterfalls within 10 miles. We’ve seen many and have literally stopped counting. Welcome to the land of gorges, waterfalls and outdoor beauty. To a community of academics, artists and adventurists. We have truly fallen in love with this area of New York.

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June 2-5 Cayuga Lake Vacation

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” -Lee Iacocca

Summer has truly arrived and we had a great weekend at a house just a mile from the marina. It was a nice place to celebrate Brytanie and Graham’s birthday and it put us close to all the things we like to do in Ithaca. 

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