Ketchikan to Juneau
|Ketchikan to Meyers Chuck|
It is home to about a dozen permanent residents and another 20 or so summer houses. The story is that when the government came through here looking for post office sites they asked a local fisherman the name of the place. "Chuck" he replied, giving the native term for a small bay or cove. "What's your name", they asked? "Meyers" he said. Among the residents is a commercial fisherman who came here at 7 years of age and has lived here continuously since. He is now 77 and has never driven a car.
As we were rounding Cape Caution we were passed by the Alaska Ferry "Malispinia". Shortly after we received a text message from a passenger who is the former owner of "Pico Blanco", another Krogen. He recognized "Intrepid" and wanted so say hello. Well, shortly after we anchored in Meyers Chuck, who should motor up in his skiff but the same "Krogenite". He owns a summer house in Meyers Chuck. So we chatted for a while and he invited us to use his dock but we were comfortable in our spot and Rolynn wanted to get some writing done. The following morning a woman in a skiff appeared as we were preparing to get under way. She is the post mistress and was offering cinnamon roles for sale! We took four and started to get underway. But, we caught a long chunk of old logging cable on our anchor and t took a few minutes of wrestling with it to disengage.
|Meyers Chuck to Wrangle|
Monday - Larry and Kathy Claiborne aboard their Krogen "Contender" arrived today with generator troubles. Larry and his brother, Bruce and I went to high school together. I grew up just down the road from the Claiborne farm where they raised string beans. In those years, working on the farm was my summer job. Kathy provided dinner on "Intrepid" since "Contender's" floor was open to provide access to the generator. It was a nice evening.
Tuesday - I had ordered a LinkPro tm battery system monitor to replace the LinkLite tm which was to small for my battery bank. It arrived today so I spent an hour or so installing it. Seems to be working fine. I can return the LinkLite tm to West Marine when we return to Anacortes. Rolynn was busy preparing for her book signing on Thursday. We found Coast Cold Storage to be a good place for WiFi and breakfast.
Wednesday - More prep for book signing and a gathering of Krogenites, plus a few SOBs (Some Other Boat) on "Salty Dawg" for drinks. She is a new 48' Krogen owned by Knut and Gerry Frostad who live aboard here. He is a commercial fisherman who will soon be heading to Bristol Bay, on his fishing boat, for the six week season there.
Thursday - Book Signing Day at the Sing Lee Book Store. The store is located across the street from the tavern (then a store) in which Sing Lee was murdered in 1932. In "Lie Catchers" Rolynn solves the murder along with another, present day killing. Rolynn has been on TV, the radio and in the newspaper! She can't go ten feet in town without someone stopping her to chat. There were lots of folks and she sold out! That evening we had a Krog-In dinner at the Elks Club which Rolynn organized. It was a very successful and well deserved day for Rolynn.
Guest Bloggers: Rich and Sandy Diehl, our good friends from Arroyo Grande, CA and Ouray, CO, have joined us in Petersburg and will be with us until Juneau. Please put your hands together for RICH AND SANDY!
Monday June 2 - Sandy and I flew into Ketchikan several days prior to meeting up with Steve and Rolynn. We checked into a small hotel on the famous Creek St., location of Ketchikan's many brothels in the early 20th century. Our 1st observation was of the several large cruise ships parked at dockside which were visible from anywhere in town. That evening we went to Annabelle's for dinner where we both enjoyed a great meal. As we exited the restaurant we were delighted to discover that the cruise ships had departed, only to be replaced the next morning by several new ones.
The next morning we bounded out of bed at 1st light ready for a cup of coffee only to discover that it was 3:45 AM so back to bed for a couple hours of restless sleep in what seemed like the middle of the day. At 6:30 we headed out for Sweet Mermaids, a coffee shop that S and R had recommended, we waited at their front door till they opened at 7.
|Rich and Sandy in Misty Fjords|
On the morning of June 5 we headed to the airport to catch a plane for the short flight to Petersburg to meet up with Steve & Rolynn. On the plane we sat beside a young man who was going to Petersburg to crew on a salmon seining boat for the next two months. We peppered him with questions about commercial fishing in Alaska. At 23, he already had almost 10 years of crewing experience on fishing boats after dropping out of school at an early age. His was a common story in the industry, work hard for 2-3 months, make lots of money then blow it all over the winter and start all over again in the next fishing season.
The next day we walked all over town particularly enjoying the small museum. Petersburg is a small (approx. 3500 pop.) town with a commercial fishing economy. There are 3 marinas mostly filled with local fishing boats and, best of all, no cruise ships. S and ;R invited Larry and; Kathy, fellow Krogen owners to dinner. Steve went to high school with Larry but had lost touch for many years until they hooked up again while boating. We enjoyed a great dinner, the evening was sunny and quite warm. The next morning we woke to cool, cloudy, and rainy weather and prepared to take off and head to Gambier Bay approximately 60 miles north, a run of about 7-8 hours. Before leaving Roly got a phone call from Krogen friends Knut and Gerry on the "Salty Dawg". They were moored in the South Marina and offered us fresh halibut. I headed out to get the halibut, Roly went to the Coastal cafe to use the wifi and Steve stayed back to prepare for the departure. An hour later we departed Petersburg. It was cloudy and cool with calm water and very light winds and a few showers. The trip was uneventful until about 20 miles from our destination when we spotted our 1st whale. Then for the next hour we watched numerous whales with many tails flying as they started their deep dives. We continued north up Stephens Passage and entered Gambier Bay on Admiralty Island. Steve intended to anchor at Snug Cove but while motoring toward the cove Roly read about another anchorage just north of small Good Island. We checked it out and it was perfect, a small protected bay. As we anchored it started to rain steadily, Roly prepared dinner and the baked halibut was outstanding, without a doubt the best we had ever had.
|Gambier Island to Auke Bay (Juneau)|
|Mendenhall Glacier - Auke Bay|
Thanks to Steve and Rolynn for a most memorable experience on the "Intrepid" boating the inside passage of Alaska, we enjoyed it all and look forward to the next adventure together.
Tuesday, June 10 - Today is change over day. Rich and Sandy decamp for their B and B while other good CA friends, Barri Dymontt and Bonnie Lauer come aboard. So, there is a flurry of activity: washing clothes, getting propane, going to airport and Costco, etc, etc. We all know one another well so we will have dinner together tonight and probable kick around Juneau tomorrow, as well. Thursday, we will depart for Glacier Bay National Park for a week of cruising with Barri and Bonnie.