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July 13, 2007

Angoon

Greetings from Angoon, AK. Nick and I have arrived safely to our second resupply in the small Native community of Angoon. We came in early yesterday evening in the pouring rain and were incredibly fortunate to stumble upon the warm and inviting Kootznahoo Inlet Lodge, and it is by their graces (through the owners home computer) that we can add this post to the blog. Thanks Albert and Sally!!
We have had a fabulous two weeks and find ourselves warm, dry well fed and overall very prepared. We spent a week in Glacier Bay under clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures. We took a charter boat from Park headquarters halfway up the Muir Inlet, and took a few days to paddle to the terminus of the Muir Glacier. This where our journey south would begin (and also the furthest point for home). We had a spectacular tour in the Bay and saw icebergs, puffins, humpback whales, sea otters and all the other usual stuff (YEAH!).










From Glacier Bay we crossed Icy Straight on nearly glassy seas and landed on Pt. Adolphus, a notorious humpback whale feeding ground. We were not disappointed in our viewing. When we set off to paddle away from the point, four humpbacks came up for breath no more than 20 ft. from our boats and headed straight for us. We must have taken them by surprise and they escaped collision only by diving right beneath our boats. It was a special experience but feel bad to have spooked these docile creatures.
We stopped in Hoonah for the Fourth and shared a rib feed with the community and then watched fireworks from a small island just out of town. We then paddled down Port Frederick to attempt the portage into Tenakee Inlet. It was easy going despite the quarter mile drag down a small creek.









One morning on our paddle out Tenakee Inlet, we were treated with a classic mist hanging from the hills, a rainbow and a pod of Orca whales actively working their way up the inlet. We made fast time on the glassy seas and arrived in Tenakee by noon. We tied our boats to the sea plane dock and wandered into town where we quickly found the harbor master sitting in front of the cafe sipping coffee. Tenakee is known for it's hotspring bathhouse and you bet we put our time in soaking our bones. Most of the down is built on stilts and hangs over the intertidal, such as this privy. Tide comes in, tide goes out.




1 comment:

Glenn said...

Hello intrepid travellers! I'm so sorry to have missed your call yesterday. I called back the number on my phone and spoke with a gal who told me all about your visit at Angoon. You both seemed have made quite an impression there.

Your descriptions of the trip have me wondering if I made the right choice in joining you later rather than sooner, but life here at home has been grand- a never-ending string of visitations of friends and aquaintences.

I think you will be glad to know that a very content westy volkswagon sits in my driveway. Do you have a name for this one?

Keep on updating the blog so I can check in on you and hopefully figure out how to join up with you eventually.