Kodiak Bound

We’ve been day hopping up the peninsula, from Volcano bay to Sand Point back across to Chignik Harbor., nearly 350 miles eastbound. Stunning volcanic scenery, gorgeous floral and fauna, rugged terrain in the anchorages, more whales, 4-5 bears walking and catching salmon, jumping salmon and Stellar sea lions with SV Tara alongside. We had a great reunion with our Australian boat friends on SV Dione, last seen in March where we said our farewells in Osaka knowing we’d meet up somewhere in Alaska. We spent 4 days catching up, hiking the willow alder covered hillside picking salmon berries and late night dinners with fresh salmon and halibut from the local fishing boats in Chignik harbor. What an amazing place with the friendliest people, all curious about our sailing adventures.
We had a terrific sail from Chignik, doing nearly 7 kts in steady wind and relatively calm seas. Spent our last night in Aniakchak bay with Dione on the peninsula side preparing for our overnight passage to Kodiak.
We’re currently bound for the southern point of Kodiak, Lazy Bay in Alitak strait. There are petroglyphs out on the point. Bears too, but we will stay in a group and have our whistles and air horn. The locals assure us the bears aren’t interested in eating us while wearing heavy clothing. Hmmm.
Time is going by so quickly, leaving us very little time to enjoy each anchorage. There is another big blow coming but we’ll be in safe anchorages with Dione. We’re looking forward to exploring Kodiak’s waterways as we head for Saint Paul harbor on NE Kodiak. Most of the 13 boats that departed Japan will be there, all waiting for good weather to cross over to the Prince William Sound vicinity.

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