Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Meyers Chuck, after kayaking


June 16, 2007
Time: 0730 Hrs: 839.9
Humidity: 67% Temp: 18 C Sunny, no clouds, wind 10 knots
Lv:
Ketchikan
Course:
Tongass Narrows > Clarence Straight > Meyers Chuck
The weather forecast is calling for moderate NW winds in the morning and then building to 25 – 35 knots for the afternoon. We did manage to get the sails up for a short time before we had to change course and head directly into the wind. For most of our trip, the wind has been coming straight towards us so we haven’t done as much ‘sailing’ as we would like. Close by our next stop we spot our first orca and then not too far away, we saw what looked like a humpback whale feeding close to shore. The orca was alone and just cruising by. Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures. But I am sure there will be other opportunities. That was pretty exciting, at least for me. Jerry doesn’t get as excited about this kind of stuff.
Contrary to the weather report, the wind died down to about 5 knots in the afternoon.
Arv: Meyers Chuck ( I love the name!)

Lat: 55 44.38 N

Lon: 132 15.48 W

Time: 1400
Trip: 29.4 nm Log: 3208.2 nm

This is a small community with a public dock. They have one telephone and a mail box and a gallery. Eight people live here full time, but the population grows to about 50 in the summer. The gallery had some very nice work from the locals. We bought Jerry a pair of hand knit wool socks and a very nice birthday card for Margie. Got the kayaks off the boat and had a little tour around the area. We saw a small black bear close to the water’s edge, but it took off before we could get very close. The winds picked up in Clarence Straight to about 30 knots and blew in a couple more boats. Splendid Mane is rocking a bit at the dock and we can hear the winds howling through the rigging. This is the kind of night we are glad to be in a protected harbour tied up to a dock rather than at anchor.

2 comments:

sos said...

Oh Kathy and Jerry what a lovely picture of the two of you. How exciting to see that orca, yeah I am sure you will see more of them.Yeah I would be excited also. I think Jerry just acts like Cool Luke. He must like it also. Must be nice to be put to sleep in the Splendid Mane while it rocks. Anyhow just want you to know I love your blog.
Take care.
Rita

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