"Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ferry Ride "Down South" to Bellingham

Ferry - The Columbia
Catch & Release in Sitka
The ferry left Juneau at 4 a.m. on August 3.  The route was a little different this time and our first stop was in Sitka for about 4-5 hours waiting on a favorable tide to go through the Wrangell Narrows.  I got off and went for a walk to the end of the road and watched some "catch and release" fisherman.  They were reeling them in!!!   We also made short stops in Wrangell and Petersburg and then a two hour stop in Ketchican.  I got off in Ketchican and walked around near the ferry but didn't go into town this time.  There was a tour bus at the terminal waiting for anyone who wanted a quick tour.

Solarium - I was under the overhang.
As before, the ferry was a lot of fun and I met lots of interesting people.  Several of us traded emails, etc so I hope to be in touch with them.  This time I claimed a chaise lounge in the Solarium and slept outside for three nights.    It was wonderful!!!   My sleeping bag was nice and warm and I used my cooler for a bedside table.  All the comforts of home:)   They had the heaters on the first night but the second night they had to turn half of them off.  We were roasting - it was like being under a broiler.  The last night they didn't even turn them on.  Great place to sleep and hang out during the day.  During the trip I read an Alaskan mystery by Dana Stabanow.  Seemed appropriate:)

I was the last car in this line:)
We saw a lot more whales on this trip which is always fun and the scenery was beautiful.  The ferry arrived right on time Friday morning.  I was practically the last car off but didn't have any trouble.  The ferry is a great way to see Alaska - highly recommend it.

The next few days I will be in Seattle.  Should be lots of fun!!!


Janie said...

Wow, what a fantastic ferry ride. This REALLY makes me want to get out on the water. You must have felt like a happy kid sleeping on the lounge in the Solarium -- I know I would have! Beautiful photos, as always. I'm looking forward to hearing about Seattle.

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