Airship | Another Day in Ketchikan

We originally thought we’d leave town today and head around to Misty Fjords and Behm Canal, but we got focused working for quite a few hours this morning here on the boat and decided we’d wait and leave tomorrow morning instead. Around noon we took a break for lunch and a little exploring, and headed across the street to a very well-liked local spot called Burger Queen. It’s tiny, and … Read more

Our Five Favorite Boat Upgrades

As we prepared for our summer expedition up the Inside Passage to SE Alaska, we did a number of upgrades to Airship (our 2013 Nordic Tug 34). Now that we’ve been underway for over two weeks, some early favorites have emerged. Here’s what we like and why: #5: Nightstand USB outlets and iPhone/Watch charging stands  OK, this may sound like a dorky one, and it is only #5, but hear … Read more

City Floats Ketchikan

Airship | Today in Ketchikan

(This is a story about a bus ride.) Here’s us today: coffee, work, work, work, breakfast, more work, go to the grocery store, back to the boat, more work, watch cruise ships leave, more work. Later we’re going to have dinner over at the Bar Harbor Restaurant (super yum, went both times we were in Ketchikan last year). We rode the city bus down to the Safeway near the Bar … Read more

Ketchikan

Airship to Alaska | Day 16 | Prince Rupert to Ketchikan

We set our alarm for 4am this morning to check the 4am weather and forecasted conditions for Dixon Entrance to make the final call about whether to go or wait. At Dixon Entrance East, waves were 1-2 meters. Hard to know what that means without the period of seconds between waves. At Buoy 46145, which is smack in the middle of Dixon Entrance, north of Haida Gwaii (so quite a bit further … Read more

HartleyBay

Airship to Alaska | Day 15 | Hartley Bay to Prince Rupert

Whoa! We made it to Prince Rupert! Two weeks after leaving the San Juan Islands. 🙂 We left Hartley Bay this morning at 6am. The cruise to Prince Rupert was almost 80 miles, so we had a long day ahead of us… …a long day in Grenville Channel, that is. (Also known as “the Ditch.”) This time in Grenville Channel was not nearly as exciting as our trip south was. (See here … Read more

Khutze Bay

Airship to Alaska | Day 13 | Rescue Bay to Khutze Inlet

We slept in this morning, had some breakfast, and then Kevin went to check the crab traps. (Two large keepers, woohoo!) The wind had definitely picked up, so we opted to go through Jackson Narrows and head over to Finlayson Channel, and then poke our head out to see what the conditions were like. Gale warnings were still in effect, and the wind had definitely increased, but didn’t seem too … Read more

Fury Cove

Airship to Alaska | Day 10 | Fury Cove to Shearwater

Our Cape Caution crossing yesterday was nice and calm and uneventful, just like we like it! We weren’t planning to cut through the Walker Group, but as we passed by that inviting opening, I decided to cut through after all. It’s so pretty in there!! Kevin was napping but the change in rpms woke him up so he came up for a few minutes while we meandered through the rocky … Read more