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Sea Otters entertain us as we work our way south down Chatham Strait. Several seiners are out working along the steep cliffs of Kuiu Island. The snow capped peaks of Baranof Island are replaced with low lying forested hills of Kuiu. The fetch builds as we continue south towards the open waters of the Pacific. […]


We make a quick stop at Petro Marine to top off the fuel tanks with 400 gallons of diesel on our way out of Petersburg. As we transit the Narrows into Fredrick Sound, we see the Steller sea lions standing guard in their familiar position on the bell buoy enjoying this beautiful summer day. For […]

The Bears of Anan

Anan Bear Preserve is located 30 miles south of Wrangell on Earnest Sound. We applied for permits to this U.S.Forrest Service controlled wildlife viewing area back in the spring. They only allow 60 visitors per day. We could come here by our own boat but the anchorage in front of the preserve is not recommended […]

The Bears of Pack Creek: part two

After a fantastic morning of viewing bears , we eagerly hop back into the kayaks at 5 pm and paddle over to the outhaul lines where we are met by Ranger Jane. We bring her some homemade chocolate chip cookies and she is thrilled. After securing them in the food locker, she assures us that […]

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 […]