We have been without Internet
connection since Juneau so you will be receiving
many catch-up emails. It is Wed Aug 2 and
we are actually in Ketchikan. (Please let me know
if you want to be taken off this list because
there are too many messages coming your way.)
After leaving Juneau we went fishing, eagle
watching, iceberg dancing, and Sawyer Glacier
viewing in Tracy Arm - with our colleague and
friend, Mark Bunzel, onboard. We also explored
a wonderful new spot for all three of us: Fords
Terror. I'll have to spread these adventures out
across numerous emails.
Before leaving Juneau we were treated to several
afternoons of a fascinating outdoor classroom
activity. These kids fishing at the
Harris Harbor dock were from the school right
across the street.
Their teachers were
helping them learn all the details of catching
and cleaning fish as well as how to have
fun doing it. Well, they didn't have to teach
the having fun part. The kids seemed
to have a great time engaging in what is
a very common activity up here.
Mark is the owner of
Fine Edge Nautical and Recreational Publishing.
His company published the cruising guide
book I worked on as editor. Always the busy
man, he couldn't tear himself away from the phone
even while he was in the engine room monitoring
the fuel sight guages for us as we fueled up before
our departure from Juneau!
Being out of cell phone
range later in the week did bring its rewards.
Frederick Sound is a sure bet for halibut so the
Royal Sounder followed the birds to the bait balls
and the guys dipped their rods to Poseidon.
They caught several halibut
between them. Here is Mark hooking a good
His was the prize catch
for the day, estimated at about 15-20 lbs. Look
at the teeth on this one. And, of course, both
eyes are on the same side of the head. They really
do look strange. David made his signature beer-batter
halibut for dinner that night. What ecstasy.
Of course, being out of
cell range didn't mean Mr. Publisher relaxed
fully. He managed to do some writing while he
was on the boat.
Mike and Chacha... we finally
had to let the roses go. But even doing that brings
its own special beauty out here.
Stay tuned for the next
email for a spectacular eagle picture, Sawyer
Glacier, and newly explored magnificence in Fords
M/V Royal Sounder