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Return to Alaska’s Inside Passage, September 2017

After being weather-bound for two weeks in Yakutat, we were finally able to set sail on September 1st. The forecast was for 30 hours of light westerly breeze before the next southeasterly gale arrived. It was 140 nautical miles to the shelter of the Inside Passage, so we would have to average 4.67 knots to make it in time. Normally (but what’s normal in Alaska? okay, so, in a decent breeze) we average 5 to 6 knots under sail, but this forecast was for very light winds – the calm before the next storm – which meant we’d have to motor at least part of the time. But after thinking we’d be in Yakutat all winter… motoring seemed a small price to pay.

Yakutat view

A gorgeous view from Yakutat, seen on a very rare rain-less day

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4th time across the Gulf of Alaska, August 2017

 

Yakutat

Entering Yakutat Bay again after a thwarted attempt to leave…

 

If the third time’s the charm, I’m not sure what the fourth is….

After our time in Seward, we got a weather window to cross the Gulf of Alaska back east towards the Inside Passage. Light southerly winds were predicted, and that’s what we got: so light, in fact, that we motored most of the way in order to avoid being caught out there when the next gale arrived. So the crossing itself (our fourth) was fine, and we docked in Yakutat, a big bay and Native village on the outer coast of the Gulf of Alaska, thinking we’d have another decent window to continue the rest of the way to the Inside Passage. Continue reading


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Happy 2017!

Happy New Year to the Gone Floatabout subscribers! And welcome to our new subscribers – so glad you’re enjoying our blog!

To welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to look back on some of the highlights of a hectic but good 2016. Here’s one for each season: Continue reading


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Hiking the Olympic Peninsula

lake-angelesThis fall we’ve been “stuck” on the Olympic Peninsula while repairing Celeste, but it’s been a great place to be stuck. Not only have we made some wonderful friends, but we’ve gotten to explore the peninsula quite a bit. It’s the northwesternmost part of the contiguous United States and the mountains that form its spine are the second largest range in Washington State. The highest peak is the glaciated Mt Olympus, at nearly 8,000 feet. Rainforests and lakes surround it, draining to the dramatic Pacific coastline of beaches, breakers, and rock formations. Much of it is national park land, so is beautifully wild and undeveloped and full of animals. It’s been a wonderful area to hike and explore on our days off from boat projects and work. Here are a few photos: Continue reading


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Memories of skiing in the Swiss Alps

Hi everyone,

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!

And here’s a few more photos that weren’t in the ZEAL posts:


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to the Gone Floatabout subscribers!  A couple of the blogs I read have been posting 50 things they’re thankful for, and I liked the idea so thought I’d put up mine!  (They’re listed in the order in which they came to my head.) Continue reading


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Last stops in SE Alaska

Thanks to everyone for being patient about our lack of internet.  We have finished winterizing our floating home Celeste and have, after much struggle (that story comes later!), arrived back in our land-based home where we’re dying of the 68 degree heat 🙂  Now that we have an easy Wi-Fi connection, I have no excuse not to post more about our Alaskan voyage!

Hoonah

We used our time in Hoonah, our last real town in SE Alaska, to do chores: laundry, stocking up on fresh groceries for our passage to Prince William Sound, and filling up with fuel and water.  We tried to access the internet, but a small earthquake had put it out of commission throughout the area.  So we left Hoonah on July 27 naively thinking we might be able to put up our August blog posts and pay our online bills in Elfin Cove. Continue reading