When we arrived in Wrangell we knew we wanted to see Glaciers. But here’s the thing. Glaciers calve off pieces that are, essentially, icebergs. Remember Titanic. The other reason we chartered a jet boat was Dry Strait. Dry Strait is an apt term as this is very shallow area at the mouth of the Stikine River where silt collects. That strait dries out at low … Continue reading LeConte Glacier
One of the best things about our trip has been the food. I’m proud that I’ve been able to provide great food that we’ve enjoyed so much. It’s that phenomenon where everything just tastes better when you’re out camping or boat. Or I’m trying… Things we learned during the trip: Cheese: Bring lots of it, seal it and keep in the frig. I froze the … Continue reading Food Discoveries
We have now arrived in Wrangell, AK to re-provision. We figured this is a good time to take a few minutes to assess the good, bad and ugly of the trip so far. THE GOOD: The Food: Has been great. Moderation in all things. One thing about being out in the middle of no place is that there is no temptation to go out to … Continue reading After 40 days and 40 nights; What worked? What Didn’t?
Not every day is sunshine and fair winds off your stern quarter. The morning we left Pruth Bay on Calvert Island it started out just fine. Systems were good. There had been some rain overnight, but the day looked like it was going to continue the May run of “I can’t believe how nice the weather has been.” The plan for the day was to … Continue reading The Day The Engine Died
So, we found a butcher today. It’s very nice to find a butcher way out here….that will freeze for you and package things just the way you like. Here’s a look at Rupert Meats. Follow this link https://sway.com/sBL2seHm8gL1p7fM?ref=Link Continue reading Where to Meat
So sometimes you get sun. Sometimes you get rain. Leaving Shearwater and Bella Bella, we took off north on a blustery Saturday. The forecast, frankly, wasn’t that great. SE Winds of 20, raising to maybe 30 at some point. But the thing is, wind at your back, from the SE, is a helpful thing when you are going NE. So off we went. Winds weren’t … Continue reading Waiting out the rain…making cookies
Fact 1: My husband and I are traveling to Alaska and back over 4-5 months. We have been blessed with retirement and are taking a trip of a lifetime (I hope the first of many). We also live-aboard our Passport 40 sailboat now for that last 1.5 years. It changes your perspective. Fact 2: I consider myself a competent cook. I can follow a recipe … Continue reading Pita Bread….but on a boat!
Sometimes when you are just wandering, you find the most interesting spots. We found the Garden Bay Hotel….follow this link for the story about our walk down a garden path. https://sway.com/7XcB1eAH6EMbBPto?ref=Link Continue reading Led down a Garden (Pub) Path
As I’m sure you all realize by now that a cruising sailboat is really miniature house or apartment. There is a an entry, a living room, a kitchen, places to sleep like your bedroom (only ours rock us like we’re in a cradle…but that’s a different story). And there is a place to poop. This is the Raritan PH II head, the king of manual … Continue reading Poop! What do you do if you can’t do what you need to do?
OK, so we’ve actually been off for several days now. We are sitting on the hook here at Galiano Island, thinking about when to charge across the Straight of Georgia to Vancouver. Then we realized, oh maybe we should write something so these first days are not just a hazy blur in August. We left Tuesday, May 1, and it feels like just another summer … Continue reading WE ARE OFF TO ALASKA!