|Petersburg to Prince Rupert|
|Glo - Petersburg Harbormaster|
We left P'burg on the 20th and decided we would spend few days on only battery power to test things out. So, we headed to Wrangell and stayed on the "Summer Dock" (no power) next to the Stikline Inn and the cruise ship dock. We spent a few hours in their bar using the free wifi, had dinner there (outstanding bacon/cheeseburger) and returned to the boat. About 21:00 one of the JV harbormasters knocked our window. He apologized but he had just been informed by his boss that a cruise ship will be docking at 07:00 and our spot is needed for jet boats waiting to load passengers for eco-trips up the Stikine. So, we had to be out of there before then or move to the city dock that night. We opted for the early AM departure. Sure enough, as we pulled away at about 06:45 we could see the cruise ship approaching from the west.
By mid afternoon Wednesday we were tied up in Bar Harbor, the northern boat basin in K'kan, three slips away from "Contender" who had just returned from a few days fishing a little farther south. Thursday was a very nice day then the weather turned awful. It blew and rained HARD for five days. We have to go to Prince Rupert to clear Canadian Customs and its about 11 hrs straight so we prefer to stop in either Kah Shakes Cove or Foggy Bay over night. Both are on the Alaska side of the boarder, just north of Dixon Entrance. Once we cross the boarder we can not legally touch shore or bottom until we clear customs in PR. For days, they were forecasting light winds for Thurs-Sat in Dixon Entrance (open to the Pacific) so we planned to depart Wednesday AM, anchor in Kah Shakes (Foggy Bay will be full of commercial gill net boats since there is an opening this week) then continue to PR on Thursday for our 43rd anniversary dinner at the Cow Bay Cafe in PR. But, Tuesday AM the forecasts took a 180 turn for the worse. Now, Wed looks possible but Thurs-Sat do not. So, the current plan is for an early departure Wed AM and go straight to PR. Stay tuned.
Our only difficulty was all the gill netters fishing off Tree Point. We have seen this before so we were not surprised. Gill netters lay out long nets with an orange float at either end, neither actually attached to the boat. The boat then stands guard near one float and drifts with the net. Our task is to identify which floats are associated with which boat and to pick a path among them. The top of the net has small white floats along it making a kind of dotted line between the orange floats but they are difficult to see until you are close, especially when peering into the sun as we were. But there were about twenty or so boats/nets fishing relatively close to one another. (Because that's where the fish are.) But, with careful attention and by talking with the skippers when necessary we made our way through.
|Green Island Light House -Canada Near US Border|
Thursday morning we went to the Cowpachino coffee shop. We are in Cow Bay so named because it where they used to barge in cows at one time. Anyway, cows are the theme. We then schlepped up the hill to the Safeway and the liquor store. Back at the boat we took advantage of the nice day to take more pictures if the boat for the Intrepid-For-Sale blog site http://intrepid-for-sale.blogspot.com/. Tonight we will go to the Cow Bay Cafe for our 43rd anniversary dinner.
Dinner was excellent. Tomorrow we will depart early to take advantage of favorable currents in Greenville Channel for the 10 hr trip to Lowe Inlet where we hope to watch the bears fish at Verney Falls. We should be at Shearwater on Monday.