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Ideal Cove

After a successful shakedown cruise, we headed back to Petersburg for a few days. A boating friend’s daughter is getting married this weekend. We take advantage of the time at the docks to also do some more provisioning for the summer. Our primary mode of transportation is walking. Luckily the grocery store and Post Office […]

Shake Down Cruise 2022

It is a rare blue sky day for Alaska as we push away from our stall in Petersburg Harbor. We are heading out for a few days to a nearby anchorage. Since Idyll Time has been winterized for the past six months, we want to test all her systems aboard before we get too far […]

Back Aboard Spring 2022

It is a cold blustery day as we walk down the steep ramp to the North Harbor. It was 80 degrees when we left home in Tennessee. Here in Petersburg the high is 40 degrees with snow still on the mountain peaks. It feels good to be back in Alaska. We both comment “It seems […]

Year End 2021

Summer is almost over here in Alaska.  The days are getting shorter and we are starting to see a change in the weather patterns. It seems every few days a new weather front moves in with blustery winds and rain.  Frederick Sound is a good place to be with several bomb proof anchorages to hide from the […]

Sandborn Canal

We delay our exit from Portage Bay for several hours to let the thick fog lift. Traveling up Stephens Passage,  we make a turn into the extensive bay of Port Houghton. Today we  are heading to Sandborn Canal.  We made a brief visit here earlier this year but the bugs were so bad we left without getting a […]

Too Big to Keep

Change in plans….during one of our engine room checks, Jeff discovers a leak on our generator circulation pump. It’s nothing serious but   Piston and Rudder, the local marine dealer in Petersburg,  has a pump in stock so that is our new destination. Mike, the owner, is gracious enough to work us in to his busy schedule to […]

Krogen Rendezvous Part two: Bear Mama Drama

Our adventure begins shortly after launching the dinghies and  leaving the protected anchorage of Windfall Harbor for our three mile trip to the Pack Creek Bear Preserve. It’s flat calm in our anchorage but as we continue north, the seas and wind build dramatically. We spot several brown bears along the shoreline but dare not stop […]

2nd Annual Krogen Rendezvous at Pack Creek

Entering Seymour Canal, we see Pacific Sapphire on our AIS eight miles ahead.  Spirit Journey is  heading north up Stevens Passage 10 miles away.  We are all bound for Windfall Harbor for the 2nd annual Krogen Mini  Rendezvous. Last year there were three of us.  Our number has grown this year to five Krogens.  Voyager and Ptarmigan arrive the second day.  Windfall Harbor is […]

Just For the Halibut

Leaving Glacier Bay in route to Hoonah, we have a group of about twelve humpback whales out feeding in Icy Strait.  They are all cooperatively feeding and we are hoping to see a bubble net show.  They continually dive in synchronization but never bubble net. It’s always amazing to see them all working together. The cruise ships […]

Glacier Bay Part Three

After spending an hour floating around the ice of John Hopkins Glacier,  we point the bow south and retrace our path “down bay” in search of more wildlife.  As we round the backside of Russell Island, we see a brown bear cruising the beach in search of food.  We spend an hour watching him tip over 100 […]