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57º 11.214' N135º 26.256' WDenali RoseBeehive Island Cove [Thu, 18-Jul-2019 @ 18:34 ADT; 57°11.2150' N 135°26.2563' W] <BR/> <BR/>After spending several days visiting with good friends in Sitka, we fueled up and headed out relatively late in the day. We traveled an hour N and are now tucked into the cove between Beehive Island at Krugloi Point [Beehive Is. Cove]. This is a great spot for one vessel in any Wx. Wilderness and only an hour from town— and a GCI cell signal through our booster… <BR/> <BR/>We will head further N soon to undetermined destinations… 3 days  agoShow

57º 3.522' N135º 21.384' WDenali RoseSitka [Fri, 12-Jul-2019 @ 13:12 ADT; 57° 03.5248' N 135° 21.3826' W] <BR/> <BR/>Arrived Sitka. Fun with friends, some boat maintenance, shopping, visiting Raptor Center, etc. and off again in a few days. <BR/> <BR/>Both AT&T and GCI cell signals here… 10 days  agoShow

57º 31.116' N135º 35.112' WDenali RosePoison Cove; Peril Strait [Thu, 11-Jul-2019 18:34 ADT; 57° 31.1177' N 135° 35.1121' W] <BR/> <BR/>We In Peril Strait on our way to Sitka. We are poised to run Sergius Narrows at ebb slack at 08:30 tomorrow morning. <BR/> <BR/>Poison cove is deep [we anchored in 100ft at half tide] but shoals very quickly [80’ to exposed rocks in about 30 horizontal feet] in the E head of the bay, so some attention to the anchor drop spot is needed. <BR/> <BR/>Sat comms only here. <BR/> <BR/>Surf’s up tomorrow! 11 days  agoShow

57º 5.34' N134º 48.096' WDenali RoseBaranof Warm Springs Bay [Wed, 10-Jul-2019 18:04 ADT; 57° 05.3372' N 134° 48.0973' W] <BR/> <BR/>We jaywalked the W end of Frederick Sound after visiting the petroglyphs at the entrance to Halleck Harbor on Cornwallis Point [NW tip of Kuiu Is.] <BR/> <BR/>We rounded Point Gardner entering S Chatham Straight, and beelined to Wooded Cove inside Baranof Warm Springs bay. <BR/> <BR/>This is a nice little cove away from the hubbub of the giant waterfall and warm spring docks everyone vies for to visit the springs. <BR/> <BR/>We rafted up with our buddy boat friend from Wrangell and enjoyed another great evening together. <BR/> <BR/>The Wx pattern is pumping smoke from wildfires in interior Alaska and Canada, reducing visibility on an otherwise severe clear day to less than 5 miles… and we occasionally smell smoke— reinforcing our sympathy for those living in the thick of it. <BR/> <BR/>As we head to these more popular destinations, we are reminded how popular SE Alaska is as a summer cruising ground. The whales don’t seem to mind… <BR/> <BR/>We will visit the hot springs for a dip before heading further N up Chatham Strait for Peril Strait and ultimately Sitka to rendezvous with even more boating friends there and other points further N. <BR/> <BR/>The long range Wx now hints at our first front [from the W] in a while. Perhaps we will see some wind next week. Perhaps not. 11 days  agoShow

56º 44.994' N133º 42.558' WDenali RoseMon, 08-Jul-2019: N Rocky Pass; Keku Strait <BR/> <BR/>We traversed Keku Strait northbound this afternoon/evening [playing the tides and currents] <BR/>We tucked in just N of High Island [about 10 miles S of Kake.] <BR/> <BR/>We are getting a 3 bar AT&T cell signal in this anchorage. Unexpected. Likely from Kake… <BR/> <BR/>This is part of our continuing journey to Sitka… but first— since we have another high forming in the Gulf [meaning no appreciable winds or seas in the near future] we will explore the Keku Islands. 12 days  agoShow

56º 55.962' N134º 5.418' WDenali RosePayne Island Anchorage [Tue, 9-Jul-2019 @ 17:11 ADT; Wed, 10-Jul-2019 01:11 UTC; 56° 55.9623' N 134° 05.4153' W] We stopped to fish before anchoring today. Donna caught her first halibut! We are having a great time buddy boating with a friend from Wrangell. And we even have an AT&T signal from Kake. More northing [or is that nothing?] tomorrow…13 days  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseLabouchere Bay; Prince of Wales Is. [07–Jul-2019; 01:30 UTC] <BR/> <BR/>We’re back from El Capitan. <BR/> <BR/>The wind switched early to southerly lowering air temperature to low 50s [from mid 60s] and creating a fog bank [Vis 1/4-1/2 mile] and confused seas from SSW in Sumner Strait. Bouncy ride for a bit. Reached N end of fog bank about 2 miles from Labouchere Bay S entrance point. Tucked into Labouchere Bay in our usual spot. All is calm, and clear. <BR/> <BR/>We need to be at the S end of Rocke Pass by Monday evening… 15 days  agoShow

56º 9.306' N133º 27.156' WDenali RoseDry Pass, West Inlet [Entrance to El Capitan Passage] <BR/> <BR/>Anchored in Yahku Cove on Tuxekan Is.. <BR/>[Fri, 5-Jul-2019; 56° 09.3061' N 133° 27.1542' W] <BR/> <BR/>We motored through El Capitan Passage today, with winds boxing the compass. <BR/> <BR/>Unseasonably warm Wx [70s F on the coast?] with haze from smoke continuing from numerous severe fires in Alaska and Canada. <BR/> <BR/>This is a sheltered anchor spot just E of day mark #25, with skinnier water than we usually prefer. However, we are in search of petroglyphs and our kayaks don’t care about depth all that much… <BR/> <BR/>Sat comms continue to be all there is- and still for the next week or so most likely… <BR/> <BR/>Did I mention how hungry the horse flies are? 17 days  agoShow

55º 47.856' N133º 14.52' WDenali RoseAnchored in Yahku Cove on Tuxekan Is.. <BR/>[Thu, 4-Jul-2019 01:15 UTC; 55° 47.8555' N 133° 14.5198' W] <BR/> <BR/>We motored from Craig to the S entrance of Tuxekan Passage today. Very warm Wx with haze from smoke from numerous severe fires in Alaska and Canada. <BR/> <BR/>This is a nice little cove with a kayakable cove off to one side… <BR/> <BR/>We will continue generally retracing our steps back to El Capitan Passage tomorrow. We have learned of some unpublished [to our knowledge…] petroglyphs since our last transit and want to stop and investigate in person. <BR/> <BR/>Sat comms are all that work here- and for the next week or so most likely… 17 days  agoShow

55º 28.728' N133º 8.652' WDenali RoseCraig Alaska [Thur, 4-Jul-2019 16:44 UTC] <BR/> <BR/>We will depart Craig today after enjoying their 4th of July fireworks last night. [Wrangell canceled their fireworks due to fire concerns in the rain forest…] <BR/> <BR/>With fuel and provisions topped up, we are ready for a few more months without stopping if necessary. <BR/> <BR/>This departure will begin our meander N toward Sitka, etc… <BR/> <BR/>Stay tuned as we attempt to also upload some of our KML tracks… and simultaneously post these position updates to our Denali Rose Sailboat page… <BR/> <BR/>We are outta here as soon as we get a bit more water under the keel after this morning’s -2ft tide… <BR/> 18 days  agoShow

55º 28.728' N133º 8.652' WDenali RoseCraig Alaska [Tue, 2-Jul-2019 00:03 UTC] <BR/> <BR/>We transited to Craig today using all the back channels from Kaguk Cove, which are well marked and easily navigated. <BR/> <BR/>We fueled up before taking a transient slip in the harbor. Provisions and a few boat parts are on tomorrow’s shopping list… <BR/> <BR/>It is 70s and 80s °F in SE Alaska right now, with relative humidity running low at 20-30%. Extreme fire hazard in in the southernmost rain forest [very rare…] Irony? It is so bad we heard today that Wrangell cancelled their locally famous annual fireworks display- possibly a first… <BR/> <BR/>We have our first usable cell signal [i.e., internet service] since 23-Jun. Whoopie. 19 days  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseKaguk Cove; Prince of Wales Is. [01–Jul-2019 23:00 UTC] <BR/> <BR/>We enjoyed a sunny, uneventful passage on the back channels towards Craig. <BR/> <BR/>Tomorrow, Craig for a few provisions, fuel, a couple of bits of hardware, then… continue exploring, ultimately heading N for a buddy boating rendezvous Sitka bound mid month… <BR/> <BR/>We had some brief cell signals today, but are still restricted to sat comms in this anchorage… Tomorrow we can catch up on all the things we haven’t missed… 20 days  agoShow

56º 9.582' N133º 30.558' WDenali RoseOutside N El Capitan entrance; Prince of Wales Is. [Wed, 26-Jun-2019 23:23 UTC] <BR/> <BR/>We are tucked in just W of Divide Island [which is W of Middle Island] for a day or two. The view is quite spectacular with a bald prominent granite dome in view… Wx is still severe clear with unseasonable high temps [70s-80s °F] Sat comms and radio continue to be the contact methods of choice [or the only ones that work in this remote area.] We plan to transit El Capitan passage soon… 25 days  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseLabouchere Bay; Prince of Wales Is. [23-Jun-2019 23:04 UTC] <BR/> <BR/>Holding here while the Wx clears, then on to El Capitan passage hopefully tomorrow… 28 days  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseSt John Harbor; Zarembo Is. [21-Jun-2019 03:44 UTC] <BR/> <BR/>We spent the summer solstice anchored under scattered clouds.. <BR/> <BR/>We are venturing towards the western side of Prince of Whales Island to spend some time exploring… 29 days  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseFri, 31-May-2019: Wrangell Island <BR/> <BR/>We are back in our slip in Wrangell for a few days. <BR/> <BR/>Donna flies out next week to visit some family for a week, and attend a graduation ceremony. <BR/> <BR/>Then we are off again for parts yet to be determined… about 2 months  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseSt John Harbor; Zarembo Is. about 2 months  agoShow

56º 39.768' N133º 30.558' WDenali RoseMon, 20-May-2019: Ideal Cove <BR/> <BR/>This aptly named cove across from LeConte Glacier is a great crabbing ground as well… [We shall attempt to verify since Donna recently completed her class in crabbing at BOW… And no excuses since we are here ahead of commercial crabbing season…] <BR/> <BR/>The sticky mud bottom adds to its credence as a bomb shelter… <BR/> <BR/>Two other sailboats were at anchor when we arrived. As of mid day Tuesday they are off seemingly for an attempt at viewing LeConte Glacier. <BR/> <BR/>We will stop in Petersburg in a few days to visit with friends flying in from the interior [of Alaska…] <BR/> <BR/>Today [Tuesday] is a perfect sunny [and 8kt breeze] Wx to go play with the new drone on the beach! Stay tuned for our first arial photos… [or not…] 2 months  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseThu, 2–Nov-2018: Wrangell <BR/> <BR/>We are back in our slip in Wrangell. The fall weather pattern is in full swing… <BR/> <BR/>Now we can work on some more boat projects while at the dock… 9 months  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseWed, 31-Oct-2018: St John Harbor; Zarembo Island <BR/> <BR/>The lengths some people will go to to avoid Halloween… <BR/> <BR/>We actually planned to duck into some different anchorages but there were other boats in them already… The nerve… <BR/> <BR/>Therefore we arrived in this very familiar anchorage after dark- not our favorite thing to do… 9 months  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseThu, 18-Oct-2018: Wrangell <BR/> <BR/>We made it back to our slip in Wrangell as the sun was setting after motoring into headwinds in fog most of the day. <BR/> <BR/>The fall weather pattern is installing itself with the first storm force front moving in tonight for the weekend. <BR/> <BR/>Now we can work on some boat projects while at the dock… 9 months  agoShow

56º 32.142' N133º 45.816' WDenali RoseWed, 17–Oct-2018: Monte Carlo [Island] We transited Rocky Pass [south bound] today, heading back to Wrangell to beat the first storm force low of the season. This anchorage is a nice bight on the N side of this little island. Good southerly protection. Probably not the place to anchor in severe Wx though… [but good mud bottom...] It is quite pretty and we watched many families of sea otters drift by to check us out– especially the youngsters. Off to Wrangell first light [and likely in fog] as a gale begins Thur afternoon/evening into Friday.9 months  agoShow

56º 53.31' N133º 47.634' WDenali RoseFri, 12–Oct-2018: Hamilton Bay; Keku Strait [Just S of Kake] <BR/> <BR/>We did a float-by of Kake today. <BR/> <BR/>We didn’t stop as nothing was needed except to find an anchorage— possibly for the next few days as a gale force front is approaching. <BR/> <BR/>Stay tuned! I know we will [with our strong cell signal and streaming movies.] 9 months  agoShow

56º 44.994' N133º 42.558' WDenali RoseTue, 02–Oct-2018: High Island; N Rocky Pass- Keku Strait <BR/> <BR/>We traversed Keku Strait northbound this afternoon originating from Totem Bay. We stopped for the day and anchored about 10 miles S of Kake behind High Island. <BR/> <BR/>Wx is still majorly influenced by an onshore high effectively blocking the fronts traversing the Gulf. Still mostly severe clear- meaning cooler at night due to radiational cooling… [It was just below freezing this morning… The cats came in quickly from their morning walkabout on deck…] <BR/> <BR/>We are getting a 3 bar AT&T cell signal in this anchorage. Unexpected. Likely from Kake… <BR/> <BR/>Maybe we'll have Kake sometime soon…? 10 months  agoShow

56º 29.076' N133º 25.548' WDenali RoseSun, 30–Sep-2018: Totem Bay on Kupreanof Is. <BR/> <BR/>A new favorite anchorage for sun rises and sets, and watching sea otters. <BR/> <BR/>Wx wise, yet another high is forming over land to the NE, so small craft N-NE-E winds [20 gusting 40] will be the order of this afternoon and evening; diminishing tomorrow [Tue]… Five foot seas [wind waves] are forecast in Sumner St. We will see if any wind waves make their way into the corner we are tucked into… <BR/> <BR/>We are near the confluence of Clarance and Sumner Straits, so it will be interesting to see if the N winds forecast for Clarence or the E winds for Sumner prevail. I’m betting predominantly N-NE for us. <BR/> <BR/>Meanwhile, all this is happening during severe clear Wx where we will be in the low 60s F today [and tomorrow, etc.] 10 months  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseFri, 28–Sep-2018: St John Harbor; Zaremba Island <BR/> <BR/>Our favorite anchorage for sun sets. A high is forming over land to the NE, so N-NE winds will be the order of the day for the weekend… [20 gusting 40] Four foot seas [windwaves] in Sumner St. with some refracting into the anchorage around Lowe Pt. Lumpy but not windy. <BR/> <BR/>We may head across Sumner to Totem Bay today seeking a quieter anchorage… but then we wouldn’t get our sunsets… Such dilemmas we face… 10 months  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.708' WDenali RoseFri, 28–Sep-2018: St John Harbor; Zarembo Island <BR/> <BR/>Our favorite anchorage for sunsets. A high is forming over land to the NE in Canada, so N-NE winds will be the order of the day for the weekend… [20 gusting 40] Four foot seas [windwaves] in Sumner St. with some of them refracting into the anchorage around Lowe Pt. That makes for a lumpy- but not windy- anchorage. <BR/> <BR/>We may head across Sumner to Totem Bay today seeking a quieter anchorage… but then we wouldn’t get our sunsets… Such dilemmas we face… 10 months  agoShow

56º 2.526' N132º 12.594' WDenali RoseWed, 12–Sep-2018: N Canoe Passage; Menefee Point <BR/> <BR/>Nice spot with Fisherman’s Chuck and Canoe Passage for hiding from inclement Wx. 10 months  agoShow

55º 44.37' N132º 15.498' WDenali RoseTue, 11–Sep-2018: Meyer’s Chuck <BR/> <BR/>You can tell the season is ending for many; the dock has space for us, and few chimneys on the homes have smoke coming out in the cool mornings… 10 months  agoShow

55º 21.018' N131º 40.914' WDenali RoseWed, 6–Sep-2018: Ketchikan <BR/> <BR/>A few days in Ketchikan visiting friends [and making new ones…] Shopping, updating charts and apps using fast internet, you know the drill… 10 months  agoShow

55º 13.458' N131º 9.18' WDenali RoseWed, 5–Sep-2018: Alava Bay, Misty Fjords This is our last stop before turning the corner and arriving in Ketchikan… tomorrow? What am I saying? We have to go back to civilization tomorrow as our morning coffee will use the last of our creamer… This is a nice anchorage next to a Forest Service cabin, and a scrap of AT&T cell signal can be received using a booster with antenna on the mast spreaders. 11 months  agoShow

55º 31.662' N130º 46.908' WDenali RoseMon, 3–Sep-2018: Punchbowl Cove, [Rudyerd Bay] Misty Fjords We waited until the 3 day [Labor Day in the US] weekend was coming to a close to minimize chances of encountering other boats in this most popular Misty Fjord destination. [It is reasonable distance from Ketchikan for float planes and sight seeing boats as well.] Our strategy may have helped as once again the single Nat’l Forest Service mooring was available, and no other boats are in the area [at anchor; There are 4 tour boats further up Rudyerd Bay displaying on our AIS.] Today and the next few promise to be sunny, and the views are [once again] quite spectacular. We still cannot receive NOAA Wx radio on VHF on this side of the Behm Canal, so satellite communications continues to be our only contact until we approach Ketchikan in a few days… [Even the GPS drops satellites on occasion in here due to the sheer high terrain, and sat phone connections only last a couple of minutes until the satellite veers over the horizon.] 11 months  agoShow

55º 43.92' N130º 45.252' WDenali RoseThu, 30-Aug-2018: Walker Cove, Misty Fjords We moved ahead of a slight southerly blow that may hit tonight and tomorrow. We are moored in Yosemite Valley. This is a fjord! Reminds me of all my years in Prince William Sound. The single Nat’l Forest Service mooring was free, so we grabbed it [on our first try!] The views are quite spectacular, so we may be here for a bit… We cannot receive NOAA Wx radio on VHF on this side of the Behm Canal, so satellite communications continues to be our only contact for the near future… [Even the GPS drops satellites on occasion in here due to the sheer high terrain.]11 months  agoShow

55º 58.884' N131º 10.812' WDenali RoseWed, 29-Aug-2018: Fitzgibbon Cove, Misty Fjords As we came out of the E side of Behm Narrows, the wind was blowing 15-20 from the S. That made Fitzgibbon Cove all the more appealing for today. Little of that wind, and none of the wind waves are making their way into this cove. We are hunkered down in 80ft of water, mud bottom. Bring it on. Elsie [our black cat] was somewhat excited to pass by Point Elsie. We have photos… 11 months  agoShow

55º 56.442' N131º 50.262' WDenali RoseSun, 26-Aug-2018: Yes Bay This morning we were watching a small family of orca whales feed in the head of the bay where we are anchored. While we were photographing the orcas, wolves started howling in the woods. We think we may stay another day or so… [And Wx may help convince us…] 11 months  agoShow

55º 42.072' N131º 38.376' WDenali RoseSat, 25-Aug-2018: Marguerite Bay [Traitor’s Cove] We crossed ‘Lake’ Clarence [Strait] and anchored in Marguerite Bay [Traitor’s Cove] We intend to tour Misty Fjords and visit some friends in Ketchikan. There is a small float plane dock here where cruise ship passengers from Ketchikan are flown to go view black bears feeding on salmon. And it is the weekend, so numerous weekend warriors are out boating… So far we have only observed one multi-deck powerboat practice using their high-speed underwater winch… [Caught their own crab pot line in their prop… Before you start laughing, remember it can happen to anyone...] We have seen as many as 4 float planes waiting to drop passengers off at the dock. We will come watch the bears some other time… We are off to begin our clockwise circumnavigation of Revillagigedo Island. 11 months  agoShow

55º 28.56' N132º 23.646' WDenali RoseWed, 22-Aug-2018: Kasaan We continued S again and this stop is Kasaan Bay. We will do some exploring and make sure to visit the village as there is much to see there. We took many photos of the totems on the walk to the long house. Very worthwhile. We are across Clarence Strait from Ketchikan, so we may also swing over and tour Misty Fjords if weather allows. PS: There is not enough clearance for us to use the inner float, so we stayed on the outer- which is rarely calm...11 months  agoShow

55º 39.684' N132º 28.368' WDenali RoseSat, 18-Aug-2018: Thorne Bay We continued S and stopped in Thorne Bay. [Outer anchorage- Near Tolstoy Bay. There are many rocks that are obscured at high tide, and it is open to Clarence Strait to the N. Therefore some wind and waves /wakes make their way into this little bay.] There several all weather anchorages dotting the inside [E] coast of Prince of Wales Island. This one has a small community and infrastructure as well… [Good AT&T cell signal, and a well stocked market. Score one of the butcher's home made corned beef roasts if you can... And Bubbie's pickles!]11 months  agoShow

56º 0.96' N132º 50.316' WDenali RoseWe are anchored in Coffman Cove watching the comings and goings at the small dock. There is still no cell service here, but there is a fee based WiFi service [Cove Connect] we can receive from the boat [we have a WiriePro.] Cove Connect advertises 5Mbs service, but we only averaged less than half that speed [with one brief 4.5 Mbs spike] during our 24 hour usage. Regardless, it is reasonable priced if you need to catch up on some updates and email. Coffman also has a good grocery/clothing store, library with WiFi [last we knew earlier this year] and very friendly people.11 months  agoShow

56º 3.438' N133º 5.178' WDenali RoseRocky Bay, Whale Pass… <BR/> <BR/>We came in the N entrance as high tide approached. Charts and nav markers all seemed accurate. No issues… Will likely depart via S route when we leave. <BR/> <BR/>Too many cabins and homes [for us] to anchor in main bay. Reminiscent of Gulf Islands further S. So we anchored just inside the entrance of Rocky Bay. I took a panographic image at zero tide that demonstrates how this bay got its name. <BR/> <BR/>Nice breeze and impending sunset. Sat comms only here… <BR/> <BR/>Beginning Prince of Wales Island exploration and circumnavigation… 11 months  agoShow

56º 26.406' N132º 57.642' WDenali RoseSt John Harbor on Zarembo Island… Great sun all day long… 15kts wind from W [on the nose…] <BR/> <BR/>Blowing 20 gusting 35 tomorrow afternoon, so we will decide whether to stay or go… tomorrow… <BR/> <BR/>Staging for Prince of Wales Island circumnavigation… 11 months  agoShow

56º 10.878' N131º 36.846' WDenali RoseHigh pressure in the Gulf of Alaska continues to brighten our days… <BR/> <BR/>We are exploring Bradfield Canal for the first time. Lots of streams and a river, so there is the potential for spotting bears… <BR/> <BR/>Sat comms only for the foreseeable future. [For those of you who have it, see the comms document we shared with you for more info and send us a [text only] email…] 12 months  agoShow

56º 17.154' N133º 39.078' WDenali RoseAnother severe clear weather spell… during crabbing season… and now we can fish king salmon as well… Darnn it… about 1 year  agoShow

56º 17.154' N133º 39.078' WDenali RoseDay 4 of the severe clear weather spell… but… after exploring Point Baker and Port Protection [in both places we found boating friends unsuccessfully hiding from us; you know how you are…] we were met with 25 knots of wind on the nose from SSW coming up Sumner Straight. It was tempting to turn around and sail in it… But instead we carried on and ducked into our favorite hidden hole in Labouchere Bay. Now we can BBQ dinner while we watch the white caps dance in Sumner over the low, treed, exposed reef that separates the anchorage from the maelstrom. <BR/> <BR/>The wind generator is happy to be a productive member of the crew… <BR/> about 1 year  agoShow

56º 10.896' N131º 36.894' WDenali RoseDuck Point; Bradfield Canal: Day 3 of the severe clear weather spell… We are hosting guests, and over-indulged on crab for dinner. <BR/> <BR/>Beautiful spot with a light breeze and 4 million crab pots… about 1 year  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseBack in Wrangell prepping for company… <BR/> about 1 year  agoShow

56º 26.406' N132º 57.642' WDenali Rose <BR/>St John Harbor on Zarembo Island… Great sun all day long… Minus 4 tides… Sea Otters, Whales, and Dolphins in the area… <BR/> about 1 year  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseBack in Wrangell for a bit… Donna is off to Anchorage for a few days… <BR/> about 1 year  agoShow

56º 10.518' N132º 8.448' WDenali RoseIt is sunny and we wanted to head out… Anita Bay was at the top of our list since we can fish King Salmon there- but so can the commercial guys… [We spotted 6 processors and numerous commercial fishing boats as we passed by…] <BR/> <BR/>We decided to go for a quieter anchorage and skip fishing for now… <BR/> <BR/>We are all alone in Thom’s Place sans the bald eagles, seals, ravens and ? … about 1 year  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseBack in Wrangell. We are excited to attend a private Potlatch this weekend… <BR/> about 1 year  agoShow

56º 48.816' N132º 57.696' WDenali RoseWe took advantage of severe clear weather to venture to Petersburg and catch some of their annual Mayfest activities. about 1 year  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseBack in Wrangell troubleshooting an Espar heater malfunction… <BR/> over 1 year  agoShow

56º 0.666' N132º 49.998' WDenali RoseWe made it to Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island unscathed. <BR/> <BR/>Otto von Helm got into the grog and we promised him a new rudder indicator… <BR/> <BR/>It is satellite comms only here… No cell signals on GCI or AT&T… [Yay!] <BR/> over 1 year  agoShow

56º 26.406' N132º 57.642' WDenali RoseWe intend to depart St John Harbor on Zarembo Island. We plan to transit to Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island, arriving early evening today… over 1 year  agoShow

56º 26.406' N132º 57.642' WDenali RoseSt John Harbor on Zarembo Island… One of our favorite places to catch a sunset… <BR/> <BR/>We met up with our friends on Dawn Treader V… rafted for the night… <BR/> over 1 year  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseWe are back in Wrangell prepping to go south into Canada for a couple of months or so… Stay tuned… <BR/> over 1 year  agoShow

56º 48.804' N132º 57.642' WDenali RoseCalm Wx ensued after the blow allowing us to complete an easy transit to Petersburg today. [Thur, 19-Oct-2017] <BR/> <BR/>Here we can re-provision, fuel-up, and visit with more friends who are staying here on their boat this winter. <BR/> <BR/>Not to mention world class pizza at Papa Bear’s and equally world class pastries, sandwiches, and quiche at the Salty Pantry. <BR/> <BR/>Everything is within easy walking distance from the marina… <BR/> <BR/>All is well until we get another Wx window to make the transit to Wrangell… <BR/> <BR/>Meanwhile, in case we don’t get the Wx window in time for our friends to fly to Fairbanks before the end of Oct, they are scrambling to make new arrangements from Petersburg… [The irony being the flight that originates in Wrangell stops in Petersburg, and is likely the shortest 737 flight in the world at 7 minutes or so… and for this the airline wants a change fee that matches the original ticket price? Whats wrong with this picture?…] <BR/> <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 59.07' N133º 18.69' WDenali RoseToday [Tue, 17-Oct-2017] we sprinted between Wx spells to get across most of [a somewhat lumpy] Frederick Sound. <BR/> <BR/>We tried for Petersburg, but opted to put into Portage Bay as the E winds predicted for the evening were showing up early [and of course on our nose…] And, with the prevailing conditions slowing us a bit, we would have arrived well after dark [something we try to avoid… We have difficulty seeing logs in the water in the dark…] <BR/> <BR/>A lumpy night at anchor was had as SE winds blowing 20KN [and gusting 40+] opposed the incoming tide and- with almost 2 miles of fetch to the head of the bay- made for some rambunctious spells… <BR/> <BR/>Our wind generator certainly earned its keep… <BR/> <BR/>Note to self: anchor nearer the head of the bay next time [closer to Stop Is.] to reduce both fetch and the influence of incoming tide and opposing winds from the SE… <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

57º 8.874' N134º 20.364' WDenali RoseWe reluctantly slipped the dock in Baranof Warm Springs today [Mon, 16-Oct-2017] southbound once again. <BR/> <BR/>We already miss our new friends, and the daily soak in the 107°F hot spring water while sipping a cold beer and watching the sun set over the 120ft waterfall. Magnificent. <BR/> <BR/>Today’s transit began on S Chatham Strait and then entered Frederic Sound. This confluence is ill-advised when any seas are running… [Today was fairly calm, with 3-5ft wind waves- i.e., like being inside a washing machine at times- mixing with latent ocean swell entering Chatham Strait from the Gulf of Alaska further south of us…] <BR/> <BR/>An interim stop on the way to Petersburg in the very secure anchorage in Chapin Bay on Admiralty Island is the goal. <BR/> <BR/>We were generously gifted a very nice black cod before we departed Warm Spring [yummy eating!!] which we split with our boating partners [since we are anchoring and dining separately tonight instead of rafting up.- A simple precaution in case the Wx takes a turn in the dark hours…] <BR/> <BR/>Dinner beckons… <BR/> <BR/>Thank you Dave and Anke! <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

57º 5.328' N134º 49.998' WDenali Rose <BR/> Wed, 11-Oct-2017 <BR/> <BR/>We continued our trek south purposefully dodging fall gales. <BR/> <BR/>We motored S on Chatham Strait with a slight wind to our backs, 2-3’ wind waves, and more sun on our faces with our destination being Warm Spring- opposite Sitka on Baranof Island. <BR/> <BR/>There is a nice public float with a bath house above with 3 private tubs looking out on the magnificent waterfall across the head of the bay. <BR/> <BR/>We were invited to a pot luck that evening sponsored by the few remaining locals and transient boaters. It was lots of fun to meet everyone. <BR/> <BR/>The weather forecast appears to be conspiring to keep us here until early next week… darn… <BR/> <BR/>Thursday may be our last sunny day for while, so we plan to hike up the hills to Baranof Lake. Stay tuned for follow-up blog posts… <BR/> <BR/>A few photos have been attached to the blog post portion of this position update, but they won’t be visible on the Farkwar posting. <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

57º 11.934' N134º 51.006' WDenali RoseWe slipped the dock in Tenakee Springs today [10-Oct-2017] southbound in between fall gales. <BR/> <BR/>We enjoyed another leisurely motor down Chatham Strait with a slight wind to our backs, 2-3’ wind waves, and sun on our faces. <BR/> <BR/>We stopped short of Warm Spring and ducked into Ell Cove- a wonderful little ’hurricane hole’ just about opposite Sitka on Baranof Island. <BR/> <BR/>We shall keep this beautiful anchorage in mind for future use. The trade-off on a sunny day is shade due to the surrounding mountains- which are what make it a bad weather destination… <BR/> <BR/>A slight N swell [wind waves from the 10-15kt N wind…] made its way into Ell Cove and refracted around. We doubt this would occur with winds from any other direction. <BR/> <BR/>Our friends on Dawn Treader V caught a halibut jigging on the bottom at anchor. <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

57º 46.674' N135º 12.426' WDenali Rose <BR/>Another sunny day transit today [Sat, 7-Oct-2017] found us leisurely motoring with SV Dawn Treader V heading S into Chatham Strait bound for Tenakee [Hot] Springs. [http://www.tenakeespringsak.com] <BR/> <BR/>Lots of whales and dolphins were observed along the way- and in Tenakee Inlet after we arrived at the harbor as well. <BR/> <BR/>Sunday-Monday promise 30kt S winds and 6’+ seas in Chatham Strait [12’ near ocean entrances, and 23’ in the Gulf…] so we will likely stay in Tenakee until next Tue [10-Oct] when it looks like it may be another sunny, calm day for transiting further south. <BR/> <BR/>We did take a walk through town after arriving. The public hot springs was not in use, and the General Store had closed early. <BR/> <BR/>Businesses and the Post Office all declared winter hours [and rates…] began 4-Sept… The Cafe and Bakery listed on the Tenakee Springs web site are closed [the cafe for some time it appears…] The bakery is for sale, and if the the boxes scattered everywhere inside are any indication, someone is relocating. <BR/> <BR/>The town is small [~100 residents] and the houses all line the southerly waterfront with fantastic views of the inlet. And, as we observed during our walk, the whales actively feeding… <BR/> <BR/>This has been quite a beautiful and rare sunny day. What a fall treat this has been… <BR/> <BR/>Even with our booster we are not able to receive any cell signals here. We thought we might have a chance for a scrap of a signal from Angoon- across Chatham Strait. Nope. Sat comms only for now folks; hence the somewhat degraded photos included with the blog post portion of this sat email (which is cross-posted to Farkwar… [https://farkwar.com/boats/denali-rose]) <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 12.744' N135º 6.588' WDenali RoseWe transited back to Swanson Harbor today [Wed, 4-Oct-2017] to join up with our boating buds on Dawn Treader V, John and Artha. <BR/> <BR/>Icy Strait was fairly windless [no sailing…] but lumpy with 3-5’ confused seas from the prior day’s blow. Gus succumbed to Gato Mal de Mer… We will have to try the vet’s advice and give him a quarter of an antihistamine next time we are expecting to ride inside of a washing machine… <BR/> <BR/>We will hang at the floats there for a couple of days while this next Wx blows itself out… [Gale warnings all around us for Thur and early Fri…] <BR/> <BR/>There are two sturdy state maintained floats here, plenty of places to explore on land and water, crabbing, shrimping, fishing, and a strong AT&T cell signal, and we have the place all to ourselves… What’s not to like? <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 27.348' N135º 53.16' WDenali RoseAnother beautiful fall day in Glacier Bay [Tue, 3-Oct-2017.] <BR/> <BR/>NOT!! <BR/> <BR/>It has been raining since yesterday afternoon [as predicted] with the ceiling about 100ft off the water surface… [i.e., poor visibility…] <BR/> <BR/>Since the turn in the Wx limits our prospects for seeing any wildlife, and a Gale force low will bear down upon us this Thursday, we are outta-here… <BR/> <BR/>Tonight we will spend the evening at the Bartlett Cove dock where you would normally check-in with the National Park Service for your permit to enter the park… They are closed for the season [as of 1-Oct…] but were kind [forgetful?] enough to leave their free Guest WiFi on, and our signal booster picks it up from the dock. Whoo hoo! <BR/> <BR/>Tomorrow we plan to transit back to Swanson Harbor to have a reunion with our boating buds on Dawn Treader V, John and Artha. Can’t wait to see them. <BR/> <BR/>We will hang at the floats there for a couple of days while this next Wx blows itself out… <BR/> <BR/>Fun times ahead. Stay tuned… <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 43.212' N135º 59.136' WDenali RoseA beautiful fall day. Clear, sunny, and warm. <BR/> <BR/>After dropping the anchor in N Sandy Cove, we watched 5 young bachelor sealyons [dubbed ‘the hoodlums’…] swim in circles all afternoon around the cove while they fed. [In synchronized fashion too; they all dove, and then came up for air together…] One wonders if the calories consumed make up for the effort sometimes… <BR/> <BR/>Donna spotted a momma black bear on the beach leading a recalcitrant cub for a walk along the waterline… What thick and slick winter coats they sported… <BR/> <BR/>Cirrus clouds tinged the sunset, foretelling of changing weather. [It can’t stay summer-like all fall, can it?] <BR/> <BR/>We may head to Gustavus next, then Hoonah- depending upon the weather. <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 27.348' N135º 53.16' WDenali Rose[Resend of yesterday’s report to confirm it is now automatically posting to our ‘Denali Rose Sailboat’ Facebook page…] <BR/> <BR/>We are enjoying these fall high pressure systems… Another weekend that will require sunscreen… On Sat, 30-Sep-2017, we transited a glass smooth Icy Strait all the way to Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay. <BR/> <BR/>Humpback whales, sea otters [some with with their young], seals, dolphins, sea lions, and more have graced us with a glimpse of their lives… <BR/> <BR/>We arrived at Bartlett Cove just after 5pm local time. Today also happens to be the last day until next spring that this facility will be staffed… <BR/> <BR/>Lots of exploring to do under the sun. <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 27.348' N135º 53.16' WDenali RoseWe are enjoying these fall high pressure systems… Another weekend that will require sunscreen… On Sat, 30-Sep-2017, we transited a glass smooth Icy Strait all the way to Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay. <BR/> <BR/>Humpback whales, sea otters [some with with their young], seals, dolphins, sea lions, and more have graced us with a glimpse of their lives… <BR/> <BR/>We arrived at Bartlett Cove just after 5pm local time. Today also happens to be the last day until next spring that this facility will be staffed… <BR/> <BR/>Lots of exploring to do under the sun. <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 12.756' N135º 6.588' WDenali Rose <BR/>Another great motor transit in the sun today [Thur, 28-Sep-2017.] We traveled the southern portion of Lynn Canal to Swanson Harbor, just inside of Point Couverden, on the mainland. [Read bears…] <BR/> <BR/>We are moored at the confluence of Icy Straight, Lynn Canal, and Chatham Straight. A tough spot to depart from if the Wx turns nasty as you are exposed to almost everything in any of those waters… <BR/> <BR/>We are roughing it once again; tied to an isolated float dock [i.e., no ramp to land] maintained by the State of Alaska… [Thanks!] <BR/> <BR/>The feline crew as always are enjoying walking the dock. Gus, our blabby tabby, even ventured under the float through a gap left by a missing deck plank… Thankfully, he emerged a short time later dry and unscathed… That gap is now temporarily covered by one of our fender boards… <BR/> <BR/>Another great view, and a pretty snug anchorage to boot! [Except when winds have a N and /or E component- then this is a wind funnel- per a great local fishing family we chatted with…] almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 23.76' N134º 45.366' WDenali RoseAfter spending some time with John on Dawn Treader V, we decided to go exploring while he is away for a week on business. <BR/> <BR/>We took advantage of a brief, but sunny high to motor a little N to Lena Cove Monday afternoon [26-Sept-2017.] <BR/> <BR/>Surrounded by houses, this feels a bit like the Gulf Islands… <BR/> <BR/>One advantage of civilization so close at hand is we have a strong cell signal… So, we experimented with a Hulu live TV trial and streamed Monday night football [over a 3G cell signal no less.] It worked very well, and was the first game we have seen since the last Super Bowl… <BR/> <BR/>A N wind blew [10-15kts]overnight[as predicted] raising 3 ft seas and making this anchorage a bit lumpy for a while the next morning… [I suspect it would be untenable in stronger N winds…] But, as the front passes, the winds will shift southerly [by this afternoon…] making this a decent spot to remain anchored as we await the impending atmospheric river deluge through Wed night. [3-5” of rain predicted…] <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 22.98' N134º 39.108' WDenali RoseWe're still hanging in Auke Bay- where partly sunny forecasts really mean cloudy with little precipitation... We are enjoying visiting with our boating buddy John, and wishing his wife Artha was her too. [She's home on family missions...] Its also been great to see old friends and colleagues too... More of the same to come for the next few days... Here comes today's rain... Partly sunny forecast again tomorrow...almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 22.98' N134º 39.108' WDenali RoseSunburn while motoring to Auke Bay [go figure…] to meet up with our good friends on SV Dawn Treader V. <BR/> <BR/>We also look forward to visiting some old friends and colleagues while we are here over the next few days… <BR/> <BR/>Did we mention it is sunny?… almost 2 years  agoShow

58º 3.75' N134º 1.23' WDenali RoseWe had a nice motor up on a calm, partly sunny Stephen’s Passage from Windham Bay to Taku Harbor [not to be confused with Taku Inlet…] <BR/> <BR/>We are roughing it now: tied to an isolated float [dock] maintained by Juneau Marinas… [Thanks!] The feline crew are enjoying walking the dock, and munching some grass growing between some of the wooden planks… <BR/> <BR/>Nice view, and there is another dock with ramps to land. An abandoned cannery [ç1900] is at the head of the bay, and a cabin is on the shore opposite the float we are tied to… <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

57º 32.616' N133º 30.024' WDenali RoseAfter two nights hiding from the SE winds anchored against the E shore behind Cape Fanshaw, we escaped as the Wx cleared today and motored N to Windham Bay. <BR/> <BR/>Humpback whales greeted us as we entered the bay with displays of breaching in the distance. Now that we are at anchor they continue to entertain us from across the bay. They are getting closer… <BR/> <BR/>We even picked up some snippets of cell signals on the way up- enough to catch up on a few emails and text some friends… Now in the anchorage, the AT&T phones have no signal, and the GCI phone- in the booster- has 1-2 bars, but no usable data connection… Back to sat comms for tonight… <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

57º 13.428' N133º 30.216' WDenali RoseWe tried to beat a collapsing high and intercepting low pressure front. We almost made it… While transiting to Cape Fanshaw winds which began at 15 NE [behind us…] were gusting 35 by the time we reach the cape. Seas grew to 2M in that period as well. The barometer dropped 10mb during our transit… [I guess the pressure gradients wanted to give us a squeeze… ] <BR/> <BR/>We flew in while dousing sail and anchored close to the E shore behind the S side of Whitney Is. in Cleveland Passage. The wind set the anchor. Well. We haven’t budged in 90 minutes. <BR/> <BR/>Holding seems to be good, and the wind generator is earning its keep… <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 58.788' N132º 48.882' WDenali RoseWe had a mostly sunny and warm motor to Thomas Bay. It only rained when we tended dinner on the BBQ… <BR/> <BR/>Tonight/tomorrow a front Is due to pass through bringing rain and Small Craft Advisory SE winds. <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 48.816' N132º 57.696' WDenali RoseSpending this rainy evening in Petersburg, and having a Papa Bear pizza for dinner! Whoot! <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 58.788' N132º 48.882' WDenali RoseWe enjoyed a mostly sunny and warm motor to Thomas Bay today. It only rained when we tended dinner on the BBQ… Tonight/tomorrow a front Is due to pass through bringing rain and Small Craft Advisory SE winds.almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 26.358' N132º 57.63' WDenali RoseWe finally got off the docks of Wrangell after many months of projects this spring and summer. We are enjoying day 3 of a severe clear spell in the weather while anchored in St. John’s Harbor. <BR/> <BR/>We have a minor fuel leak on the high pressure fuel pump to contend with, then we are off to points further north… <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 27.384' N132º 22.998' WDenali RoseDenali Rose wrapping up summer projects preparing to depart for a rendezvous further north... <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 27.384' N132º 22.998' WDenali RoseDenali Rose is ramping up for departure for a rendezvoux further north... <BR/> almost 2 years  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 23.118' WDenali RoseIn her slip while we attend to some landlubber matters... :(about 3 years  agoShow

56º 27.396' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseWe are now in our slip in Wrangell, Alaska (our home port.) Many boaters are putting their vessels up for winter. We are looking forward to exploring all winter... almost 4 years  agoShow

56º 10.464' N132º 8.358' WDenali RoseWe transited from Meyers Chuck to Thoms Place in 5 hours today, during a severe clear. The wind is supposed to shift from NW to SE tomorrow/tomorrow evening bringing a good chance of rain for the weekend… Meanwhile we have this sunny, protected cove all to ourselves… so far… almost 4 years  agoShow

55º 44.472' N15º 32.58' WDenali RoseAfter a rough passage heading N against N winds in Clarence Straight <BR/>yesterday, we anchored in Meyers Chuck at sunset. What an immediate relief <BR/>from prevailing conditions, and a great little off-grid community to boot. <BR/> <BR/>We are enjoying severe clear [sunny and hot] weather patterns the next <BR/>couple of days as we continue our journey back to Wrangell. <BR/> <BR/>[Sent from Gmail as our cell connectivity is much better from some distant <BR/>source than it was at the docks in Ketchikan... We blame the cruise ships <BR/>for bringing 10,000 additional cell phone users in Ketchikan daily... <BR/> <BR/>Gmail at least publishes our trip notes; something we have been <BR/>unsuccessful achieving using our usual sat phone email UUplus address...] <BR/> almost 4 years  agoShow

55º 20.58' N131º 40.998' WDenali RoseHunkered-down in Ketchikan, Alaska http://svdenalirosenc43.blogspot.com/2015/08/hunkered-down-in-ketchikan.htmlalmost 4 years  agoShow

55º 35.43' N131º 37.392' WDenali RoseOur sunny weather comes to an end with a promised wind/rain/gale hitting tonight/tomorrow. Therefore we have anchored closer to Ketchikan at the head of Naha Bay near the entrance to Roosevelt Lagoon. This way we can more readily drop our friends at the airport this Saturday, wind or no…almost 4 years  agoShow

55º 42.114' N131º 38.322' WDenali Rosealmost 4 years  agoShow

55º 19.548' N131º 39.768' WDenali RoseClam Cove opposite Ketchikan, where we visited with dear sailing friends on SV Sauvage for a couple of days.almost 4 years  agoShow

55º 32.592' N131º 39.138' WDenali Rosealmost 4 years  agoShow

56º 3.936' N131º 58.176' WDenali Rosealmost 4 years  agoShow

56º 26.43' N132º 57.756' WDenali RoseSt. John Harboralmost 4 years  agoShow

56º 17.232' N133º 39.024' WDenali Rosealmost 4 years  agoShow

56º 27.39' N132º 22.992' WDenali RoseWrangell, Alaska (Home port...)about 4 years  agoShow


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