When we least expect
it, we look around and see a breathtaking
sunset like this one in Hollis, AK (near Ketchikan).
Sorry for such a long dry spell in photo emails.
We have not been able to get a decent internet
connection since Ketchikan (8/7)! Internet connections
usually work very nicely at Pt McNeill and at
some locations in the Broughtons. But not this
time. So, here we are on 8/23... all the
way down to Pender Habour, BC (on the east side
of the Strait of Georgia) with an internet
connection AT LAST. It will take me awhile to
catch up on emails, but this is a start.
On with our story...
We waited four days in Ketchikan for good weather.
(So far that has been our one and only weather
hold this year.) But it was worth the wait as
we slipped down to Judd Harbor for an overnight
anchorage and then made a wonderful crossing
of the open-ocean piece called Dixon Entrance.
Just as we were approaching what is called The
North Shorcut (north and west of Venn Passage)
we encountered this nasty hazard in the water.
I had been searching for the first red buoy in
the shortcut and this is what I saw first. This
big branch was stuck in the bottom and had a
green fishnet hanging from it. Ugh. I'd hate
to be surprised by this at night or in dense
fog. It was almost right in our path. It reminded
us again that you can never let up on the vigilance
of watching the water.
While in Ketchikan, we
had called ahead for a moorage reservation in
Prince Rupert. Good thing, as they were full
and turning people away. It's nice to be able
to tie up there, clear customs, and do the last
big grocery shopping before starting down BC.
After we left Prince Rupert, we took a new path
for us. Instead of going down Grenville
Channel we went down Petrel Channel --> Principe
Channel --> Laredo Sound --> Meyers
Passage, then back onto the beaten path
And it was along this stretch that Dave finally
found his elusive Silver Salmon (Coho). He
caught this 12 pounder in the area of Laredo
Sound - at Redfern Point.
And he was even
happier with this halibut catch.
this guy to be about 40 lbs.
He filled up the
bottom of the Green Devil.
Dave had to filet him
right there rather than trying to hoist him up
to the fish-cleaning tray.
And look at that filet.
(No T-shirts this year, Greg; you'll have to
take halibut filets.)
I mean... those filets.
The eating was fabulous and there's more in the
We weren't the only ones fishing these waters.
This is a well cared for Purse Seiner hard at
Mr Geologist: more diaperic
While in Cameron Cove (near
Laredo Sound), we had a visit from Cassie and
her Staff from Prime Time II.
She's a princess
of a dog and her staff is special.
More to come...
M/V Royal Sounder