We awoke to misty overcast weather and headed out from Kalinin Bay and after two hours saw Sitka looming on the horizon!!! We contacted the harbor master, were assigned a slip and docked the Geraldine between two big fishing boats; 7,666.4 nautical miles covered through the water on this amazing trip. I was explaining to Raime it is as if we drove to New York, back to San Jose again and then back to New York, all at 7.5 miles an hour! She looked at us like we are crazy and she may have a point!
There was a man pressure washing the dock who helped us tie up and then swished off the starboard side and stern swim step as he worked. The step had been wet for so long these three and a half months it was bright green and is now looking much better. We met the couple across the dock and they quickly offered to get us to the airport Saturday morning and let us use their car to go buy anti-freeze to winterize Geraldine. All the way we have been blessed by such nice people willing to stop and lend us a hand over and over again. It was time for more Peet’s awards!
There was much to be done to get packed up, cleaned up, winterized and thrown out. We worked until after midnight and slept our last night aboard for a while. What a deep sense of joy and satisfaction we have for having had such an adventure. Thirty four vessels under sixty feet have done this trip in history and we know of five more, including us, that made it through the Northwest Passage this summer. We want to thank our crew; Pat, Shane, Skip, Ed, Randy, Jenny, Quinlan, and finally Scott and Raime. Without them we could not have done it. We also want to thank all of you who followed along, encouraging us and praying for us so faithfully. God has been faithful to see us through and watch over us wherever we went, just as He promised. We also want to thank all the people who have been so generous to help us along the way in so many ways. You all gave us the trip of a lifetime and you were able to come along with us through this web site Scott and Randy created and maintained so faithfully.
I am writing this from Los Gatos after having flown home on Saturday. We will be posting the final pictures and there may be some other updates of pictures here and there to complete this record of our journey through the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2008.
(57 deg 19.3 N 135 deg 47.2 W – Kalinin Bay, Kruzof Island) What a great day! We were up with the stars at 3:30 am so that we could get out of Latuya Bay at slack water. There were two flashing lights we needed to have lined up to make sure our course was right for a safe exit through the narrow opening; all this in the dark but we made it just fine. The sky was crystal clear and beautiful as we watched the sun rise passing La Perouse Glacier which came right to water’s edge.
We went by Boussole Head where we saw a huge arch worn through the rocks. Further along the way we saw whales spouting and two tail shots with more beautiful mountain vistas. We traversed Cross Sound into fog momentarily, then came out and motored down Lisianski Straight, spotting a pair of bald eagles watching us from the tree tops! We then went back out into the Gulf of Alaska to later come inland to Kalinin Bay where we are now at anchor.
The forecast is for rain tomorrow and we expect to reach Sitka by noon with no outside passages required! For a moment we had cell coverage and called Visa to pay the bill and the marina to confirm our reservation for a slip.
One more day left of this amazing adventure. We are so grateful for the privilege to do something so extraordinary and the safety afforded us and our wonderful crew. Praise the Lord!
Today I wrote out the recipes needed to write a journal cookbook, “Cooking your way through the Northwest Passage.” Maybe it can help offset the fuel bill!!!