Archive for August, 2010


how it ended – the totals

So, as my recent last post stated, I have concluded this year. So what did I get done and how did it compare to last year and what have I done over-all?

Last year (2009) – I was out for 119 days and went 1340 nautical miles. I anchored at 62 coves, harbors, or bays that were new. In other words, this total does not include having to double back or spend multiple nights. Sixty two signifies how many places I anchored in over that 1340 nautical miles.

This year (2010) – I was out for 127 days and went 1700 nautical miles. I anchored at 67 coves, harbors, or bays that were new or where I had not double back through an area and went into the same cove, harbor, or bay.

For the entire journey, over the last four years – I have spent some 15 months active in SE Alaska covering around 6,500 miles of coast and over 200 anchorage sites, usually some 30 nautical miles from the previous anchorage/moorage. So what does that look like on a map? Let’s take a look…

Press here to see a map of final coverage


all over a hamburger…

So, I have decided it is time to conclude this year. And to think, that decision started a week or so ago – and all over a hamburger. Yep. That’s right. I was craving real meat. A burger. And so I decided one day to make a bee line to Juneau and get a burger. I was needing protein so badly. Too much dehydrated food or pb&j sandwiches. So instead of heading over to Pt Adolphus, I went to Juneau. After eating that burger, and a few others, I thought I would head out again… and went to St James Bay. For a few days the sun was out and the weather though windy was perfect. Actually, it was hot out. But then the forecast came up… for showers and rain and cooler temps. Days on end of rain.

After arriving in Auke Bay, some ten miles from Juneau and a safe harbor a 45 min bus ride from town and basically out on the edge with little to do, the showers hit. And so it has rained and rained and still continues. The air feels dampy and wet and cold. Motivation to do much is hard to muster. I can’t start packing the boat if I can’t move some of the items outside on the dock, hardly room to move about and I need to go get boxes and to do that, will have to rent a car I guess for a day. I’m telling you, there is nothing much out here and you can’t take boxes on the bus. Hum.

But with that all in mind, it is time to stop and figure out how to pack up, store the boat in a warehouse, and get home. Then next year return to put the boat in the water and put the FOR SALE sign out. So I will write another blog entry soon on just what I have accomplished.

August 2010


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