Southeast Alaska is made up of a chain of islands called
the Alexander Archipelago. To travel anywhere, you have
to take a boat or plane. Since moving here, I had not got
to see much of this place other than what is around the
Juneau road system. That isn't much since the road
system only has 200 miles of paved surface. 65 miles of
that 200 are made up of two roads, the Douglas Highway,
which is the main road on the island I live on, Douglas,
and Eagan Drive. Eagan is the main highway on the
mainland and is 50 miles in length north to south.
I went fishing with a friend on his boat last
Wednesday, we were on the water for 13 hours and only caught one rockfish. The fishing was bad, but the trip for me was fantastic. We launched at 7:30 that morning and headed out. We were going to Excursion Inlet. Excursion is 39 miles from Juneau to the northwest. That is 39 air miles, getting there by boat we have to navigate around a few islands which made the trip closer to 50 miles.
We were cruising along between 14 and 30 mph
depending on the water conditions. There were
some rough patches but overall it was a pretty
nice ride. We made a few stops along the way
and in roughly 90 minutes we were there. I had
not been to this area before so I was excited to
get to discover new areas to sight see and fish.
We were anchored at the mouth of the inlet
and this is where we caught the rockfish. While
fishing there we also had a humpback whale
After a bit, we pulled up the anchor and headed
off toward the next island, Chichagof. We ran
south passing by Hoonah and stopped just
before we would have made the turn to head
to Tenakee Springs. On this leg of the trip, we
ran into an Orca with 2 calves, and a pod of
porpoises feeding next to our boat. We
anchored to fish for a while and they circled the
boat, jumping, splashing and swimming around
We also ran up on what we originally thought
was a huge flock of sea birds sitting on a huge
log in the ocean. We approached closer and
discovered they were not birds and we thought
they were a large group of sea lions. The group
was enormous, it looked like a fur carpet
floating in the water. When we got up close
enough to make them out, they were sea
otters floating on their backs locked arm in
arm. It was a very cool sight.
There was still a few hours of sunlight left but
since the fishing wasn't good we decided to pull
in our lines and head back to the boat launch. On the way, we couldn't resist stopping by and saying hi to a group of sea lions. Even when you have a bad day fishing, the wildlife and adventure make the day worth the effort. We are getting ready for friends of ours to come stay with us for 9 days. They arrive on Wednesday and we are going to try and pack in as much of the sights, sounds and adventures as we can.
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