October 12, 2017

Denali Rose Position Report- Warm Spring, Baranof Island [Delayed Attachment: P1010065.jpg]

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Denali Rose Position Report- Warm Spring, Baranof Island [Delayed Attachment: P1010060.jpg]

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More Glacier Bay Alaska

In lieu of a Friday Funny. We have very spotty, or nonexistent cell signal as we meander around, and I thought I would get something posted while I could.

I find this complaint form humorous.

As Bill posted in "Glacier Bay in October?", we ended up going after the busy tourist season. This means that all of the "rules" for locations, length of stay, and permits are no longer in effect. It also means that most of the whales have already gone south for warmer weather, though we still saw some distant spouts. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves, so we didn't have any competition for anchoring spots.

Elsie gets a nap in the sun while underway.

We decided to go when we saw that we would have a decent weather window for a couple of days, and we were in the neighborhood. Our first stop was the National Park station in Bartlett Cove. Even though they are closed for the season, we overnighted at the dock, wandered down the deserted trails, and disposed of trash. There were still a few staff around, I suppose they were closing up facilities. They made themselves scarce every time we stepped into view. I can imagine them thinking about how they're done, and they don't have to talk to tourists anymore!

Bartlett Cove dock, and breakwater.

Bill, and Gus went out for a walk on the dock.

Park Sign

Ranger Station, lodge, guest accommodations, restaurant, and tourist stuff are all closed, but we wandered down the trails anyway. It's good to get off the boat, and stretch your legs on terra firma once in a while.

A meeting hall

Look closely

Whale skeleton

It was interesting to enjoy the place, and have it all to ourselves.

No competition to reach and read signage.


We did see bear scat on the trail, it was old, but we still kept our awareness up. I joked that the staff probably put it there to scare the tourists. 😁

Beautiful sunset, and alpenglow in this cove.


The next morning we left in some fog, but it burned off in the morning. The day was sunny, and the scenery was spectacular!

Notice the recent rock slide on the right.

Float house

The float house was in South Sandy Cove. It's probably used by research staff judging from the looks of it, and what a great place to have a station. We moved on to North Sandy Cove, because, well, why not. No need to crowd anyone...

Entering North Sandy Cove, anchoring behind the island.

The view from the anchorage.

Our usual procedure is for Bill to go forward and deploy the anchor, and attach the bridle, and I put Denali Rose in reverse to set it.

The new forward looking sonar works great at showing us the underwater topography. After we are secure, then it's time to look around. I heard some splashing off to one side, and went to investigate.

We called them "the hoodlums".


Seals synchronized swimming.

There were five of them, and they never strayed from each other. They came up together, dived together, and blew air bubbles together. 

Gus cranes his neck, to see seals swimming around the boat. "Holy Cow! What's that?"

That was fun! Now to look for the next visitors.

Black bear Mama, and baby.
"Come on Junior, hurry up."

The bears reappeared from time to time. There were otters in the cove as well, but most of them are more skittish, and don't approach for photo ops.

Keeping watch for intruders.

Gus enjoyed his view from the top of the bimini, until it was getting dark, and time to come inside.

The next day brought us wind, fog, and rain. We stayed put for the day in our protected cove, and watched the wildlife come and go. We opted not to move north, seek out another cove, or find the glaciers, as long as everything was socked in with low clouds, nothing can be seen. The second day, it was time to head out, and join up with our friends, John, and Artha on Dawn Treader V. We went back to Bartlett Cove for the night, and then joined up with them the following day.

Photo bombed by a heron.

We gave some locals a tour of Denali Rose.

Kami, and Lorelei.

It's always nice to encounter sweet, polite young ladies, and to have them aboard.


Puzzle: How many herons do you see in that photo?

All sunny days come to an end.

Elsie and I on watch in the "washing machine" of Icy Strait.

October 8, 2017

Denali Rose Position Report- Tenakee Springs

Another sunny day transit today [Sat, 7-Oct-2017] found us leisurely motoring with SV Dawn Treader V heading S into Chatham Strait bound for Tenakee [Hot] Springs. [http://www.tenakeespringsak.com]

Lots of whales and dolphins were observed along the way- and in Tenakee Inlet after we arrived at the harbor as well.

Sunday-Monday promise 30kt S winds and 6'+ seas in Chatham Strait [12' near ocean entrances, and 23' in the Gulf…] so we will likely stay in Tenakee until next Tue [10-Oct] when it looks like it may be another sunny, calm day for transiting further south.

We did take a walk through town after arriving. The public hot springs was not in use, and the General Store had closed early.

Businesses and the Post Office all declared winter hours [and rates…] began 4-Sept… The Cafe and Bakery listed on the Tenakee Springs web site are closed [the cafe for some time it appears…] The bakery is for sale, and if the the boxes scattered everywhere inside are any indication, someone is relocating.

The town is small [~100 residents] and the houses all line the southerly waterfront with fantastic views of the inlet. And, as we observed during our walk, the whales actively feeding…

This has been quite a beautiful and rare sunny day. What a fall treat this has been…

Even with our booster we are not able to receive any cell signals here. We thought we might have a chance for a scrap of a signal from Angoon- across Chatham Strait. Nope. Sat comms only for now folks; hence the somewhat degraded photos included with the blog post portion of this sat email (which is cross-posted to Farkwar… [https://farkwar.com/boats/denali-rose])


At 10/7/2017 22:28 (utc) our position was 57 46.6761 N 135 12.4236 W

Destination: Wrangell, Alaska

October 6, 2017

Friday Funny 10/06 (Rocks)

The Rock.

That's the person known as "The Rock", not quite what we (Denali Rose), need to look out for when traveling. (Though that would be cool if we did spot him here!)


Still a little too small to make much of a difference to Denali Rose when underway.


These are the rocks we don't want to come anywhere close to. It's always a good idea to give this kind of area a very wide berth! It's best to check the chart, and the tide level to see what kind of obstacles may be in your path.

Another rock

This rock might be completely submerged at high tide, and you wouldn't even know it was there if you didn't check the chart. Word of warning however, not all rocks are charted!

Several interesting items.

Here's a big rock, a little rock, and OH MY, what's that behind? Why it's a whale spout! Three items not to run into.

What's that?

Are these rocks? No, those are otters, good to avoid, just because it's good to leave the wild life wild.

 A submarine?

At first I thought this was a rock, but it was a floating tree. Good binoculars are also a very handy item onboard.



Neither of those last two photos are rocks, but they are two items that shouldn't be collided with, or run over. Not running into an iceberg is a no-brainer...duh, but also a mass of kelp can foul up your prop, and cause damage to the prop, and driveshaft. It's a regulation, but also good sense to keep someone on watch while underway.

Charted rocks. This is the area from the third photo above.

Radar rocks

Those small red circles to starboard, (right) of the boat icon are rocks. If it's foggy, you may not even see what the red dots represent, but you do know to avoid hitting anything solid. FYI, we love our new B&G chartplotters, autopilot, and instruments, it was worth the wait to get them up and running.

My birthday is in April, and these are really my favorite rocks. (Birthstone) Feel free to send me as many of them as you would like. 😃

Any size or shape, really.

Do you collect rocks? Have you ever run into a rock? What is your birthstone, do you own one?

As always, we enjoy hearing from you, either here in comments or on our Facebook Denali Rose Sailboat page.

October 2, 2017

Glacier Bay… [in October?!?]

Day 2 in Glacier Bay: We seem to have it all to ourselves. The closest AIS hit so far today was 30 miles out in Icy Strait.

Yesterday was sunny, and last night clear, but alas, no aurora was spotted the times we glimpsed aloft.

We can receive some USCG broadcasts, but cannot hear any marine Wx channels. Therefore we are relying upon our sat phone to download the Wx forecasts, news, WeFax, make this blog post [via email], etc.

Today we made pizza for lunch, water for a week, and did some laundry- all while charging the battery bank. This was in between observing loons, mergansers, black bears, and the odd seal [after the morning fog lifted…]

A gale is supposed to be blowing right next to us off shore tonight and tomorrow- but not come in here. We haven't had a puff of wind in 3 days, and it was dry until 4:30pm today when it started to rain [as predicted…] We think we will wait here in our nice, protected, busy and beautiful anchorage to make sure they are right about the gale staying away…

Where are we exactly?

We attached a photo looking into N Sandy Cove. [It was reduced in size (i.e., not a crisp as it could be…) for optimized transmission through the S L O W sat phone… (i.e., Saving us $ (while simultaneously making you wonder about your visual acuity…) by not taking as long to send it…)]

We are anchored at the base of that bald granite mountain.

We have lots more photos to share once we gain access to some WiFi in the future…

To see where we are on a map, you can always click the 'Where's the boat?' link in the top of the right hand column of every one of our blog pages… That page also has a link to see all our position updates and accompanying reports, and subscribe to them if you are bored…

Back to spying on our bay-mates…


September 29, 2017

Friday Funny 09/29 (mal de mer - seasickness)


While our friends from Dawn Treader V, (our cruising buddy-boat), are away on personal business, we decided to leave the dock in Auke Bay for a week. It's the easiest way to save money. What's weird about it, is that we were paying a daily rate, and if we had stayed longer, we could have paid the monthly rate, and paid less. Stay more, pay less....  who can figure this out?

We had another one of those rare nice days, cast off from the dock, topped up our fuel at the station, and headed out of Stattler Harbor for a small bay north. It was only about an hour away, so that makes for an easy trip.

Leaving Auke Bay, with Mendenhall Glacier view.

There are helicopter tours to the glacier, and they buzz overhead 5 or so at a time. It reminds me of gnats buzzing in your ear.

Lena Point

When I worked for the University of Alaska, I helped design, and build the video conferencing classrooms in this facility, for the College of Fisheries, and Ocean Sciences. I waved as I went by.

We anchored in Lena Bay, knowing that the wind was going to be from the north, and we didn't have much protection from it. After a day it was going to shift to the south, and get stronger, so we were better protected from that.

We got up the next morning at 5:30am, to check on the boat, and anchor, because we were rocking, and rolling from the wind, and the short chop waves coming in from Favorite Channel. I was feeling a bit woozy, and because it was still dark, all I could see was what looked like bobbing house lights on the shore, I took some Bonine, and decided to go back to bed. Fatal error.

Denali Rose is the circle in the cove.

I was about to crawl into bed, and I see that Gus has also become seasick, and he hadn't made it off of the bed to be sick. Oh no.... that did it for me.

I went back out to the salon, and told Bill he had better hand me the small trash can with a leakproof bag inside. I also told him that he was nominated to clean up the mess in our cabin, because as of now, I was out of commission. Poor Bill. All before coffee, he had to start the generator, throw the bedspread into the washing machine, get me a bucket, hunt for the bags, clean up after me, check on the boat, and find Gus. 

This is what I felt like.

Gus and I pretty much slept on the main salon settee, (couch), for the rest of the day.

The next day winds shifted to the south, and though we were dancing in the wind, there wasn't any more of the plunging up and down like the previous day.

I was texting my son the story, and he described me like this: Worst. Midshipman. Ever. I agreed. Geez, seasick at anchor......

I also thanked him again, for bringing to us our new spade anchor last Christmas during his visit to Denali Rose.

And then here's this morning's view:

Calm morning.

Do you get motion sickness? What are your remedies? Can you send me some Stugeron? You can't buy it in the US, but people in other countries say it's the best, and it's one I haven't tried yet.

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