Alaska Stories

Even Glaciers Get Boring

It is dusk in Stephen's Passage, and I am on wheelwatch as the boat travels north from Petersburg, back to the fishing grounds near Juneau.  We are into fall weather now... the sky is a leaden grey and the sea is choppy, breaking into white topped curls, the wind blowing the spray off the waves… Continue reading Even Glaciers Get Boring

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The Rainbow

Anchored in Slocum Inlet.  Nasty weather today- rain, heavy wind.  We are spinning in fairly rapid circles around the anchor.  The gillnetters in their tiny boats are being thrown all about in the chop - makes me nervous for fall fishing in Puget Sound.  Peaceful day - we left Gastineau at 3:30 a.m. and went… Continue reading The Rainbow

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Snettisham

Last week, everyone was all aflutter that Fish and Game was going to open up the back end of Port Snettisham.  A hatchery sits back there and the biologists believed half a million pounds of salmon were there in the water, waiting to go up the rivers to spawn.  ADFG announced Friday that they would open the… Continue reading Snettisham

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The First Two Weeks

From the bow of the boat, I can see the lights of Petersburg sparkling red and yellow in the distance. We slide by Sukoi Island, a black silouette in the middle of Frederick Sound. My cell phone lights up- reception. Contact. I stand at the bow and check text messages as the cold wind slides… Continue reading The First Two Weeks

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Adventures on the Carole B

I'm writing this from the wheelhouse of the F/V Carole B. We're running north up Chatham Straight - Baranof Island is 2 miles off the port side and Kuiu Island maybe 8 miles off starboard. On both islands the mountains are dark silhouettes, mist-wreathed and disappearing into low clouds. I see an occasional ship but… Continue reading Adventures on the Carole B

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Wrangell

We only spent 30 minutes in Wrangell.  Given another few days for our trip, I would have stayed at least a night here.  It was Sunday afternoon and very quiet, but I imagine Wrangell is always pretty quiet.  I've been told they have a good selection of restaurants (compared to Petersburg, that is).  Here are some… Continue reading Wrangell

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The Ferry

Mom and I took the M/V Malaspina from Bellingham, WA to Petersburg, AK.  Here she is leaving Petersburg. We were originally scheduled on the M/V Columbia, which is apparently bigger and faster, but the Columbia was still down for winter repairs, so the Malaspina it was.  We'd reserved a 2 berth, outside cabin (with a window) but ended… Continue reading The Ferry

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Coming Into the Country

Sometime early in the morning on the second night, as we slept the deep sleep of those on vacation, the ferry crossed over into Alaskan waters.  Hurrah!  Mom woke me at 6 a.m. with the news that she could see Ketchikan in the distance.  I hurried up to the deck to watch as we came… Continue reading Coming Into the Country

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Silently Scuttling on the Ceiling of the Sea*

The first night on the ferry, I woke at 3:30 a.m. Alaska time to the feel of the ship rolling heavily side to side. I couldn't see out, as we'd been given an inside cabin. Claustrophobia got the better of me and I couldn't go back to sleep without seeing what was going on outside,… Continue reading Silently Scuttling on the Ceiling of the Sea*

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Passage to Juneau*

Today my Mom and I leave on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry, bound for Petersburg, Alaska. The trip takes just about 48 hours. I've been wanting to take this trip for 10 years. Besides the perk of not having to be on an airplane, I suppose I've romaticized being on the water. All those years… Continue reading Passage to Juneau*