|Windy and Eleanor leap off the dunes|
in Mag Bay.
I’ve shared our past year throughout, in pictures and words, but following is a digest of stats and impressions.
Frances: I liked all of it. The orcas and the calving glaciers were amazing. I liked all the animals we met on the way like bears and dogs and the sea stars in the tide pools. I enjoyed spending time with my cousins and grandparents. I liked to meet other boats.
|Frances with the dolphin skull the girls|
found in Mag Bay.
Windy: Wildlife highlight was having an enormous orca as traveling companion in Endicott Arm and later identifying him by his flopped over fin as “Jack,” one of the oldest orcas in the region. Having my bro and nephew aboard for an incredible, sunny week in Glacier Bay. The sound of the glaciers calving was unforgettable. Negotiating the many narrows and rapids and bars was satisfying as well as a learning experience.
Michael: Discovering Tenakee Springs was a highlight, it’s such a unique, delightful place that really beckons—gave me reason to consider where and how our lives might be post-cruising. I really enjoyed learning about the history of Sitka, Alaska the Russian turnover that occurred there. Goddard Hot Springs just south of Sitka was a gem, so pretty a setting. I’m pleased to have gotten so closely acquainted with Victoria, BC and happy to have spent more time with family and friends moving down the coast.
Nights spent in slip: 197 (146 for the first half of the year in Victoria, 51 for the second half of the year)
Nights at anchor (or underway): 168 (only 20 nights underway because the logs in BC and Alaska don’t make for safe night passages)
Average monthly fuel cost: about $425 (we didn’t burn anything the first half of the year in our Victoria slip, but made lots of miles throughout BC and Alaska, and almost none of them under sail)
Average monthly food cost: $1,108
Total miles traveled: 4,800 nautical miles/more than 5,500 statute miles (zero from January through May)
Changes in latitude: 34 degrees, 28 minutes (from our northernmost point in Glacier Bay at 59 degrees 6 minutes to Bahia Magdalena, Mexico at 24 degrees, 38 minutes)
Change in water temperature: 30 degrees (from 40 degrees in Tracy Arm, Alaska to 70 degrees in Bahia Magdalena, Mexico)
|Exploring Mag Bay.|
--Port Angeles, WA
--Friday Harbor, WA
--Roach Harbor, WA--Juneau, AK
--Bellingham, WA--Petersburg, AK,
--Lund, BC--Thorne Bay, AK
--Pender Bay, BC--Ketchikan, AK
--Ganges, BC--Prince Rupert, BC
--Nanaimo, BC--Bella Bella, BC
--Auke Bay, AK
--Tenakee Springs, AK
--Winter Harbour, BC
--Bodega Bay, CA
--Tomales Bay, CA
--Half Moon Bay, CA
--Morro Bay, CA
--San Diego, CA
--Islas San Benitos, Mexico
--San Carlos, Mexico
--Puerto Magdalena, Mexico
|Sunset at sea, second night out, en route to Bahia Frailes|
|San Carlos teeter-totter--Mexican playgrounds are not|
for the faint of heart.
|Girls with a whale skull on a deserted Mag Bay beach.|
|Eleanor and I just before midnight at the Puerto|
Magdalena New Year's Eve party.