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North on Chatham Strait

Leaving Little Port Walter, we motor north on Chatham Strait. We detour briefly to explore the narrow fiord of Patterson Bay. There is very little information about the inlet in our guide books but it looks to have deep water all the way up to its head. It is a beautiful six mile cruise to […]

Red Bluff

As we work our way out Pybus Bay, a large group of sea otters are lazily bobbing up and down on the surface. Every year we see the sea otter population increasing in this area. They are very cute but the commercial fishermen despise them. They will eventually wipe out the crab population here as […]

Little Port Walter

After four nights on the hook in Red Bluff Bay, it feels good to be cruising once again. Our weather forecast predicts seas building this afternoon in Chatham Strait so we have an early departure of 6 am. It is a beautiful 30 mile cruise south along the eastern shore of Baranof Island. The snow […]

What Did We Do Wrong Officer?

While anchored in Cannery Cove, we spot a 100 foot boat heading towards the anchorage. We have seen this boat before. It’s The Enforcer, the Alaska State Trooper Boat. They deploy their small skiff and three agents are soon motoring through the harbor. We are the only boat here so are sure they will come […]

Cannery Cove

Cannery Cove It’s another cloudy cold day as we fight the last of the flood current pouring into the narrow but well marked channel of Thomas Bay. We make our exit and head west down Frederick Sound. The currents are now with us and give Idyll Time a good one knot push. Several lone humpbacks […]

Ideal Cove

After spending 10 days getting Idyll Time up and running for the season, it is time to push away from the docks. Working down our departure procedures, we double check each step. Being away for six months, we are a little rusty. As we ease out into Frederick Sound, we soon see the familiar Stellar […]

The Crew is back aboard

We hope this finds everyone well. After a long delay due to the Corona Virus, we are now back aboard Idyll Time. Flying through the airports was much different this year. The Nashville airport was spooky with hardly a soul around. Surprisingly, our flight was almost 60% full. I think this was because the airlines […]

Spring 2020

The Corona Virus has changed the world and also our cruising plans for awhile. Idyll Time is patiently waiting in Petersburg, AK for our return. We hope to be back aboard soon. But for now we are “sheltering in place” at our dirt home in TN. This down time has allowed us to take care […]

Winter in Petersburg

Winter has arrived in Petersburg. The low was -5 degrees this morning. As you can see from the photo below, a fair amount of snow fell over the last week. SE Alaska is experiencing the coldest temperatures they have seen in the last 10 years. Through all of this, the boat cover seems to be […]

Christmas in Petersburg

Our Christmas this year is spent in Petersburg. Also known as “Little Norway” this is a a wonderful place for some holiday cheer. Getting here was not so great. We spent over an hour on the tarmac in Seattle while Alaska Air struggled to get one of the plane’s engines started. Not something that instills […]