Misty Fiords - Where Are All The Cruisers?

Arctic Loon picked up a new crew member, Kyle Lukins on Monday June 30th.  We left Ketchikan with sunshine and some high clouds for our journey up Behm Channel, only seeing a couple fishing boats and one tour boat bringing tourists back from Misty Fiords.  1st night at Shoal Water Pass was very quiet as we anchored off an unoccupied USFS rental cabin.  The absolutely incredible sunset was enjoyed by all.

Red Sky at night, sailors delight....

Red Sky at night, sailors delight....

Leaving at 6am, we arrived early the next morning at Punch Bowl, tied up to the only mooring ball and had blueberry pancakes.  Once again we were all alone except for the USFS volunteers who have been working to repair the Punch Bowl Lake trail since April.  We hiked up the at times challenging and very muddy Punch Bowl Lake trail gaining 600'.  Thankful along the way for the volunteers who were re-building boardwalks across the mud and blasting rock to fill in holes.  The workers had a shotgun and we only had our bear bell, but no bears were seen…  It was a beautiful day, almost summer like.  We kayaked in our t-shirts watching the Alaskan bush pilots bring tourists via the numerous seaplanes, where they would touch down in front of the waterfalls so the tourists could take photos.  

Wow, the walls are stunning and it is straight up...

Wow, the walls are stunning and it is straight up...

We could only see a small portion of the lake, so we decided to borrow the USFS "Goat" for a trip out on the Lake.

We could only see a small portion of the lake, so we decided to borrow the USFS "Goat" for a trip out on the Lake.

Don't try to use a boat that leaks water....

Don't try to use a boat that leaks water....

We got up early to go to Walker Cove thinking we had to get there early, as there was again only one mooring ball and limited options to anchor.  Not only did we get the only mooring ball, spotted a mother with 2 cubs and Diana spotted a large bear on the point.  Later Kyle and Jeff took the kayaks out to take pictures of the bears...

Once again we were under way early Thursday morning, and we got to see why it is called Misty Fiords....

Our destination on Thursday afternoon was the Yes Bay Fishing Lodge for dinner.  We went on a hike and picked blue huckleberries, before returning to the main lodge for appetizers and wine.  Dinner was Herb Crusted Halibut with a lime cilantro sauce.  We met very interesting people and enjoyed a lovely evening.

Let's go check our email as the Lodge has free WiFi.

Let's go check our email as the Lodge has free WiFi.

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Thanks for an amazing dinner at our private table by the roaring fire.

Thanks for an amazing dinner at our private table by the roaring fire.

Happy 4th of July!!!!!  We headed off to Thorne Bay via Clarence Straits (also known as the Whale Highway).  This was our 2nd opportunity on our trip to sail as the wind was finally in the right direction.  However, once the sails were out the wind began to build along with the seas...  It was a very exciting day all the way to Thorne Bay.  We even saw a few whales!!!

Why is it always too much wind or not enough wind or not in the right direction???

Why is it always too much wind or not enough wind or not in the right direction???

We started hearing firecrackers as we watched the evening sky... Happy 4th of July!!!!

We started hearing firecrackers as we watched the evening sky... Happy 4th of July!!!!

Looking North towards Wrangell and Petersburg...

Looking North towards Wrangell and Petersburg...