Back in August, when we hauled Celeste out of the water, we anticipated launching again in early October, but ‘plans are drawn in sand at low tide’, as the saying goes, and that’s not how it worked out. Continue reading
Sorry it’s been so long since our last blog post! It’s been a busy few months since we tied up to the dock in Port Angeles, Washington back in August, but we hope to post more soon – we have some pretty pictures of backpacking in the Alps to share as well as some boring shots of boat repairs…. In the meantime, here’s a little news of our recent published pieces for those of you who are interested. 🙂 Continue reading
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.
We wrote our last post from Kodiak, a wonderful town where we met a lot of very friendly people. As well as completing necessary chores like laundry, internet, fuel, and groceries, we had fun hiking the hill behind town. We really fell in love with the island of Kodiak, though, when we left town to sail to a deserted bay. Deserted, that is, except for humpback whales, sea otters with babies, and hundreds of puffins and auklets! Continue reading
With repairs complete, we departed Dutch Harbor/Unalaska on June 26 for the big, beautiful Alaska Peninsula. The first challenge was to sail between the Aleutians out from the Bering Sea and back into the Pacific. The passes between the islands are notoriously rough, with tidal currents running strong. On our way into the Bering in 2014 we had used Akutan Pass and had encountered a 3-knot favorable current at the supposed slack tide. We’d had bumpy conditions (contrary wind – wind against current) but nothing bad, and the 3-knot boost made it fast. This time things went even better! We chose the smaller Unalga Pass and had glassy calm seas despite a 2-knot current with us. There was thick fog, but otherwise it was very pleasant.
In our last post we mentioned that we were back on board Celeste in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands! So here’s what we’ve been up to!
Although we’re actually back with Celeste now (posts to come!), we promised a post or two about life in Switzerland. So here is a three-part photo series on the blog of our partner ZEAL Optics – all about skiing in the Alps! Enjoy!
- A Salute to the Alps, Part 1: The Powdery Vales of Engadin
- A Salute to the Alps, Part 2: The Haute-Route and Iconic Valais
- A Salute to the Alps, Part 3: Hometown Hill
And here’s a few more photos that weren’t in the ZEAL posts: