Thursday, July 16, 2009

June cruising

June 1, Mon Nagasay

We passed one lonely otter floating near a kelp bed on the circuitous exit from Klawock Inlet. As usual he kept just out of range for a good photo with the 400mm lens. How do they know?

VHF weather reports a strong high stationary over the Alaskan panhandle and calls for unseasonably warm weather for this week, 15 to 20 degrees agove normal and in the low 70s for coastal waters. If the winds don’t shift this could be the year we finally get to make the trip north to Sitka along the west side of Baranof Island. We have a couple of decision points along the route (including one at Cape Decision) before we commit to outside waters.

We entered Nagasay through shallow, rocky, kelp-strewn Launch Passage. I’d rather do this in the dinghy! No luck fishing today, but it was a lovely whale-watching cruise. One Sandhill crane landed in our cove for a photo-op.



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