Alaska Part 2 – Tracy Arm

We left Petersburg very early in the morning (due to the tide).  Despite planning to hit slack water the last couple of nm out of Wrangell Passage, we had a following current running at least 4 knots. Oh well, rather a following current that a contrary current.  When we exited the Passage, the current just…

Alaska Part 1

It is the 1st of June and after spending three-and-a-half weeks sailing north through Canada, we’re finally ready to cross Dixon Entrance and enter Alaska.  We need to clear out of Prince Rupert (Canada) and clear into the US in Ketchikan (Alaska).  The distance between the two towns is only 90 nautical miles, half of…

Northern Canada

We crossed Queen Charlotte Sound in what passes for magnificent weather in these parts (read – there was no storm).  We had decided to anchor up in a small well-protected cove that is, funnily enough, named “Safe Cove”.  As you might guess, “Safe Coves” are not found everywhere up here and it probably isn’t named…

Vancouver Island II

It’s the 21st of May and the first day of sunshine since we left Port Angeles 2 ½ weeks ago.  Six-thirty a.m. and Carsten fires up our engine.  Once again, it sounds like Carsten is busy ripping the tail off a cat.  I was of the firm belief that my husband was once again a…

Make ready for sea! – North to Alaska

The day before leaving, Vinni and I say the magic words to each: “Make ready for sea”. Make ready for sea.  Taste those words.  They are magic, bringing up visions of empty oceans, faraway anchorages, adventures beyond description and life as a cruising vagabond.  Make ready for sea.  Any cruiser will tell you that they…

Thoughts about The Great American Road Trip

We left Port Angeles August 21.  Our intention was to visit the National Parks scattered like pearls across the western United States.  I have, over the 30 some years Vinni and I have lived together, told her many times of the fantastic places and parks there are in the US, especially the western part.  Someday,…

The Big Clean

What a sorry sight that awaited us when we finally came back aboard Capri.  She has been lying in her slip here in Port Angeles for almost 1.5 years now, alone and tending to herself. She’s fine, but looks depressingly dirty and desolate. When we lift our dinghy, Little Capri off the coachroof and onto…

Coming Home to Capri

What a wonderful sight we see when the blue Pacific pops up out in the horizon after four months of Caprise fighting her way up and down the mighty Rockies.  We did give her 3 months off, parked at my brother’s house while we caroused in Florida with the grandchildren and put on an ungodly…

Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks

We drove out of Death Valley, over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, down the other side into the gigantic San Joaquin Valley.  As we crossed through the Tehachapi Pass and started our decent, we could see a layer of dark clouds below us.  It took us a few minutes before we recognized it as not clouds,…

Joshua Tree and Death Valley

It is about 300 miles from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park. A bigger difference in one’s surroundings is difficult to imagine.  Las Vegas is one huge amusement park and Joshua Tree National Park lies in the middle of the Mojave Desert.  The Mojave Desert, for those that have never been there is empty. …