Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Craig on Prince of Wales Island

Wednesday July 30, Craig Alaska

We arrived in Craig on POW today, after a beautiful sunny morning of motoring through intricate channels and islands. This is an area where you really have to pay attention otherwise you will end up on the bottom or hitting a rock. And after all the rain we have had, it was really nice to finally dry out.

Fishing trawler at anchor on west coast of Baranof Island.

Our trip from Sitka around the west coast of Baranof was not as exciting as we had hoped. The weather has not co-operated for us, we mostly had rain or showers and light wind, but the chop was just the kind that makes for an uncomfortable ride. 

Merganser with her chicks.

Fortunately we have found some very nice anchorages, little nooks of calm. We have seen lots of wildlife (sea otters galore, sea lions, whales, seals, bears and so many different birds) and absolutely beautiful scenery. The creeks and waterfalls are spectacular (because of all the rain), and pictures really don't do them justice. 

This is Maggie when she gets on shore!

On our way south out of Chatham Strait, we encountered humpbacks by the dozens, all doing their bubble-net feeding and completely out of the water breeching. The first time we actually heard the sound a humpback makes after such a breech was when we were sailing slowly along and all of a sudden just off the port side a whale did a total body slam! The sound was unlike anything I have ever heard, a big KABOOM! Scared the s**t out of me. I think they do this to stun the fish, making them easier to catch. At least that is my theory, I really don't know for sure.

West coast sunset.