Ketchikan to Meyers Chuck
This was an easy 31 miles with a little bumpy chop along the way. The entrance to Meyers Chuck is a bit intimidating but we followed the charts and watched the sonar tube and made it in. It was an interesting place - more houses than expected. Even had its own post office. The post office lady, Cassie, also makes the most wonderful cinnamon rolls and even delivered them to the boat at 7:00 in the morning, still warm from the oven. There was a school house that was turned into a private residence since they ran out of school children to teach. On a walk you come across a rope spider web about 30’ long with a rusty steel spider in the middle. It poured rain all day so we didn’t do much.
From Meyers Chuck we headed to Santa Anna Inlet about 21 miles away. A nice easy ride through fog and rain. We caught a few prawns on Wednesday, but left the traps down overnight and that really paid off. On Thursday we pulled the pots in beautiful sunshine and every prawn was big, kind of like Ocean Falls. Patrick even caught an octopus which he is trying to figure out what to do with (great halibut bait). We have now left Santa Anna Inlet and are on our way to Wrangell.
Wrangell to Petersburg
Traveling through the Narrows on our way to Petersburg was beautiful and exactly what we expected to see in Alaska, snowcapped 3800’+ mountains. We took a long walk through the small town of Wrangell. Cruise ships don’t come here - it’s not set up for it. It has a sense of being a totally relaxed way of living and the people were very friendly. We enjoyed a Traeger mesquite smoked prime rib dinner with Patricks octopus as an orderv (sp) to celebrate Patrick’s birthday.
Today was a wonderful bright sunny day. The Dahl porpoises were having a great time swimming around the boat. Our task for the day was to get through Wrangell Narrows which is very narrow. It was surprisingly well marked with 62 buoys leading the way. Petersburg was at the very end. We got off the boat and took a long walk through town just to see what was there. Petersburg is a very clean town and the people were friendly. We went to a restaurant outside of town where they come to the dock and pick you up. It’s right on the narrows and we had a delightful dinner.