Vacation Days!

Our overnight crossing was very good, one of the better ones since leaving Japan. 18 kts of wind just aft of the beam. We made up to 7 kts in 1 meter waves but as the waves began to build and adverse current created chop we slowed down to a comfortable average of 5.5kts. Dione was 3 miles ahead of us the entire distance so we were proud of our performance as they’re a good 10 feet longer on the waterline. We had perfect timing for the morning tide and daylight. We dropped anchor in pouring down rain, an unprotected anchorage in loose gravel. With the strong wind forecast approaching we gave up on the petroglyphs and headed back out for another 8 hour motor ride through dense fog to Japanese Bay.
We were richly rewarded with very protected mud holding and calm bay. The bay meets the Japanese standard of solitude, rugged but with romantic details of flowers, fine sand beaches, waist high tundra grass with quiet birds floating in shallow water.
We watched a mother bear and twin cubs play along the shoreline. They were fiercely growling and bawling as they moved off to their den for the evening.
The sunshine was our first in weeks. We walked along the shoreline with Glenn and Sue, sat and enjoyed the peacefulness of the mountains.
The weather forecast calls for summertime weather so we are on the move to 3 Saints Bay to enjoy more of Kodiak in calm anchorages and t-shirt weather.
These rare days make the rough passages, cold rain and dense fog worth the effort to be here. Wish you could sit in the warm cockpit and hear the bears with us!

2 thoughts on “Vacation Days!

  1. Susan Boyle August 4, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    Sounds wonderful


  2. Phil August 6, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Sitkalidak Passage looks tricky.
    Safe travels.


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