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Hints for visiting Alaska

Packing for the Boat

It is that time again… Time to pack the back and get on a flight to Juneau. But what will I need and what can be left behind? After many years of packing for boating trips in Alaska I have … Continue reading

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Donna’s Resturant

We usually have a day or two in Juneau to coordinate everyone’s arrival at the airport, shopping for groceries, and generally getting ready for a couple weeks on the water. This means we also need to eat somewhere. One of … Continue reading

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Sealion Beach Trail, Kruzof Island

For the adventurous hikers, there is a very interesting trail on Kruzof Island north of Sitka. It starts on the west of side of the meadow at the south end of Kalinin Bay and ends at a pristine sand beach … Continue reading

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m/v Nordic Quest Departs for Juneau

It’s the 20th of May and we have departed Anacortes on our way back to Juneau. After clearing Canadian Customs at Bedwell Harbor, our itinerary includes stops at Nanaimo, Campbell River, Port Harvey, Namu, Pruth Bay, Shearwater, Prince Rupert, Ketchikan, … Continue reading

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A SE Alaskan Plant to Admire but Avoid

So you have anchored in a beautiful bay or tied up to a State of Alaska float and want to take a short hike up into the woods. One of the plants you most likely encounter is devil’s club, Oplopanax … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – Rainy Arrival at Pack Creek

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Photo of the Week – Summer Afternoon in Taku Harbor

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Visiting Pack Creek Bear Viewing Site

Not far from Juneau, about 25 miles as the crow flies that is, there is one of the top bear viewing sites in Southeast Alaska. It is located on the eastern shore of Admiralty Island, often called the “Fortress of … Continue reading

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Loading Ice

As we depart the glacier face there is one more chore… A team is assembled on the back deck, the coolers mustered and the fish net brought down. We must load ice. Along with the large, pretty bergs floating around … Continue reading

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Getting the Fish Back Home

So you catch your limit, what do you do with all of that fish? With halibut priced at more than $20 a pound down south it is worth the effort to get the fish home. Besides, there is nothing like … Continue reading

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