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The Bears of Pack Creek: Part One

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 […]

Cruising with Family

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 […]

Tracy Arm

Several whales are asleep on the surface this morning as we cruise down Stephens Passage. Our destination is a tiny cove unnamed on the nautical charts but referred to as Tracy Arm Cove by boaters. This will be our staging anchorage for our 44 mile round trip exploration of Tracy Arm, a beautiful deep water […]

Cruising Around Petersburg part two

Leaving Admiralty Island, our next destination is Red Bluff Bay on Baranof Island. Heading south on Fredrick Sound we again see a plethora of whale spouts. Approaching slowly so as not to get too close, we put the boat in neutral and enjoy the spectacle of a dozen or so humpback whales feeding on the […]

Cruising around Petersburg part one

Where better to spend the 4th of July than Petersburg. This small town celebrates the holiday with two days packed full of activities for both the young and old. The event was kicked off with a barbecue dinner and fireworks at the local high school. In addition to their parade, other highlights were log rolling, […]


Petersburg, also known as Alaska’s Little Norway, is our next destination. Located at the North end of Mitkof Island, this fishing town is reached by traversing the 21 mile long Wrangell Narrows. This is a narrow technical channel containing over 60 navigational aids and five sets of range markers. The waterway is nicknamed “Christmas Tree […]


Saying goodby to the small hamlet of Myers Chuck, we have another beautiful day as we enter Ernest Sound. It is only May and the temperatures are in the 70’s with bright sun. We stop for several hours in search of a Halibut. We catch several nice size Rockfish. The largest is a Yelloweye weighing […]

Myers Chuck

After provisioning in Thorne Bay, we cross Clarence Strait with the intention of visiting the small village of Meyers Chuck. Chuck is a Chinook word for saltwater lagoon. After World War II, the town was settled by many Scandinavian bachelor fisherman who were used to living on their fishing boats. Many built tiny cabins out […]

Misty Fiords

After a peaceful night at anchor in Bullhead Cove, we head north to the eastern entrance of Behm Canal. On this 150 mile exploration, we will circumnavigate Revillagigedo Island counterclockwise. The trip will take us into the heart of Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness. This is the second largest wilderness in the United States encompassing […]

Crossing Dixon Entrance

Just a few miles from our anchorage in Coghlin Bay is the Grenville Chanel. This 45 mile long canal is also referred to as “the ditch” by many cruisers. We find the scenery stunning on this bright clear cloudless day with sheer mountain cliffs tumbling down to the shoreline. When we transited this section both […]