Our last post ended in Southeast Alaska, where we’d encountered a whole range of sailing conditions, revisited places we’d enjoyed in 2014, and discovered new places including a river where both black and brown bears fished for salmon.
It proved every bit as beautiful and wild as we’d hoped for, and we were lucky to have perfect weather: bluebird skies and a good strong breeze from astern. We flew down a narrow steep channel that felt like a fjord, making 60 miles in an easy daylight day. We anchored in lovely deserted coves, on islands and on the mainland coast, and explored with the dinghy and ashore on foot.
Eagles, kingfishers, and seals were our constant companions, and we spotted black bears, a pack of wolves(!!), and, perhaps most exciting, the elusive white “Spirit bear” (a subspecies of black bear unique to that part of British Columbia).
Even just this little bit further south, we could tell we were no longer in Alaska – the forest was lusher and included more deciduous trees, and we were wearing T-shirts more and more often (unlike in this picture – below – from Alaska…).
It was fun being back in Port Angeles and seeing the people we’d gotten to know there in 2014. We spent five days in the marina, getting Celeste ready to be hauled out of the water and squeezing in a few hikes in the magnificent Olympic National Park.
Our biggest hike was an 18-mile loop, gaining and losing 3000ft of elevation, so that we saw everything from high alpine meadows to towering rainforest.