Tuesday, July 14, 2009



We are anchored in a tight little cove, in the back of a bay which is in the back of another bay which is protected to a degree by some islands and rocks and reefs. We are pretty snug in here even though we are right on the Gulf of Alaska at the north west end of Chichagof Island.

We went ashore two days ago and saw lots of fresh brown bear sign, scats and some big tracks while we looked for glass balls. Also saw a Sitka Deer and a mink. The big .458 Winchester was nice to have with us.

Yesterday we surprised a huge rust orange Brown Bear with black hind quarters while we came around a big rock in the dinghy. He stood up on his hind legs and then tore off at a gallop across the grass and into the trees. Wow, what a magnificent animal!

Beautiful sunny days in Alaska, and we are totally alone up here.


Solid Ground said...

Wonderful to be in the forest primeval. Christine and I were alone at our property on Whidbey Island. I came around the corner of our trail and was struck with fear as I heard a sound crackling form the silence. [A] large tan and gray chipmunk stood high in his saddle and snarled in his most guttural instinctive way…I was thrilled, calling to Christine high on the ridge-line, about six of eight feet above me, to come down and have this experience herself. Beyond that, we shower at the Diver’s Station at the Keystone Ferry. (smile)
John LaCasse

Solid Ground said...

Jim & Fran
I forgot to edit my last comment proving once again, "It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."