Alaska: Part 2 (2012)
Alaska: Part 2
After Passing Cross Strait and Icy Strait we entered the large National Park to which Glacier Bay belongs, and any vessel which enters must have an issued permit, because only a limited number of vessels are allowed to enter at a time. Glacier Bay was spectacular with its many glaciers and steep mountains; however after having visited Prince William Sound we were more focussed on observing the wild life here, because by that time, believe it or not, we had gotten quite used to the many humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and seals, so we were lucky to spot bears again and especially wolves.
On the way from Glacier Bay we made a stop in Auke Bay close to Juneau, the capitol of Alaska, and provisioned. It was a busy place with three huge cruise liners docked and the streets full of tourists. Next stop was Petersburg, which is a big fishing town founded by a Norwegian, and there are many decedents from the many Norwegian emigrants who came and build the town. The Norwegian traditions are kept and many names etc. are a testimony of the cultural inheritance from Norway. The cruise south from Petersburg goes through a very narrow passage on the way to Ketchikan. This is a busy town in the summertime with up to 3 cruise liners docked at a time.
The town is placed very beautiful and has a lot of old buildings from the time where gold mining was in high gear. When we were there the salmon was very active swimming up the river to spurn, and it was funny to watch the bears in their eager to catch the swimming and jumping salmon. It was obvious that the younger bears had quite a bit to learn from the older experienced ones.
During the whole stay in Alaska we had very little wind or wind directly against us, so sails was only set for a handful of hours. The many relatively narrow passages sailing the inside passage in south east Alaska also contributed to the many motoring hours. Dana Felicia has never in her lifetime experienced so much motoring over such a short period of time. According to the local people in Alaska, this summer season has been more rainy and foggy than usual, however the positive side of this was that we had almost no problems with mosquitoes or other bugs.
Ketchikan was the last port of call in Alaska, and the anchorage called Foggy Bay was our last stop, and marked the ending of the Alaskan journey.