Day 43 | 2024 Flotilla to Alaska | Wood Spit to Juneau

Our overnight at Wood Spit was super calm and beautiful, and there were more humpbacks nearby as we pulled anchors and headed north to Juneau today. Arriving in Juneau can be a bit of a shock to the system. There are five cruise ships scheduled in town today. After seeing a few nearby friends on the dock and doing getting rid of some trash and cleaning Airship up a bit, … Read more

Day 42 | 2024 Flotilla to Alaska | Ford’s Terror, Dawes Glacier, Wood Spit

A lazy morning at anchor in one of the most gorgeous places we know of. After breakfast, Kevin took the drone up for some aerials: We pulled anchors around 2 and motored to the exit of Ford’s Terror, and then some of us (opting for a long day that will end later this evening by anchoring at Wood Spit), turned left and headed further into Endicott Arm to see if … Read more

Day 39 | 2024 Flotilla to Alaska | Tracy Arm

Yesterday we took a day trip up Tracy Arm to see some glaciers. The weather was perfect, and there was very little ice in the water. It’s about 25 miles up Tracy Arm to South Sawyer  Glacier, and we were able to go our full cruise speed all the way to South Sawyer Glacier, which mostly never happens! This post is mostly photos, for reasons that will become obvious. Seals … Read more

Day 37 | 2024 Flotilla to Alaska | Funter Bay to Taku Harbor

We left Funter Bay early this morning…6:30am. The chop making its way into the bay woke us up and we figured as long as we were up we might as well be out there. About 30 minutes into the cruise north up Lynn Canal and before we rounded Point Retreat, a humpback breached a few times off our port bow. Love when that happens! Looking west…the marine layer obstructs much … Read more

Day 36 | 2024 Flotilla to Alaska | Pavlof Harbor to Funter Bay

Another day that starts with sun…we’ll happily take it! Looking north up Lynn Canal, just outside the entrance to Funter Bay: As we passed the entrance to Funter Bay, near Station Island, we spotted a couple humpbacks right inside the bay. And just as we anchored inside Coot Cove, we saw another spout or two just at the edge of the cove before the whale dove. The fishing/crabbing was a … Read more

Day 35 | 2024 Flotilla to Alaska | Appleton Cove to Pavlof Harbor

Today was a good day for wildlife! As we rounded the tip of Chichagof Island at Morris Reef, there were a couple of humpbacks hanging out near the point. And on Buoy 35, almost as many sea lions as would fit. I’m sure there’s room for a few more. A little ways up Chatham Strait (which was just about flat the entire cruise), we had some Dall’s porpoises surfing Airship’s … Read more

Day 34 | 2024 Flotilla to Alaska | Sitka to Appleton Cove

Another morning waking up to bright sun! We departed Sitka with with blue skies, flat water, and a nice view of Mt. Edgecumbe. As we headed north in Neva Strait, we spotted a bear on the west shore. At first we thought she had cubs with her, but then we thought nope, those are rocks…too low and not moving. But then, they moved!! Turns out they were tiny cubs…three of … Read more