We will arrive
at Shelter Island Marina in Vancouver at noon on Aug 11, hope to
see you there. Weíre not planning anything specific but would
like to say ĎHií if you are in the area. Alice & I will be
there until at least Sunday night, August 13.
tourism, fishing, gold mining and dog sledding. Except for
tourism, these are tough occupations this far north. Those who
like tough conditions are always unique and interesting. They
are here out of choice for the most part, and loving every
minute. We wished we could stay longer, its fantastic.
We did laundry
at the old folks home and internet at the tourist center and the
library. We did touring with Richard Ďthe enthusiastí and
through Peter Semotiuk in Cambridge Bay we were fortunate to
meet Bonnie Hahn. Bonnie is a lifer in Nome. 5 kids she
brought up teaching school and still time to go through the
Northwest Passage and buy the Road House at Cape Nome and make a
virtual museum out of it.
living in tents on the beach in a cold wind with no running
water and still a smile on every face. They are closed mouthed
about their gold findings as if they were hiding a fortune, for
the most part, but living as though itís a poor manís venture.
I didnít invest.
We waited an
extra day because of winds, then left for False Pass. Some mean
weather enroute, but nice in
Isanotski Strait divides the Alaska Peninsula from the Aleutian
Islands. At Attu we were about 1000 miles west, the outer end
of the Aleutians. They call it ĎFalse Passí because, while
small ships can go through, there isnít enough depth for big
We anchored and took the
dinghy in and did a walking tour. Itís a pretty place with nice
people. Population 63 now, up 2 since the last census and 6
kids going to school, down 10 from the last report. We missed
the grocery store. It only opens from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Next
day we pulled anchor at 13:00 and went across the strait and
caught 2 halibut and 1 cod, then headed out. As we left the
south end of the Strait we saw a big Alaska Brown bear feeding
on a sidehill.
We are taking the longer
scenic route to Kodiak. We hope to see more wildlife and get
some protection if a big blow comes. Lots of Puffins and a few
whales and a very odd seal.