July 7, 2005

Another rainy morning. We pulled out arouned 8 am, with a light southeasterly breeze. We didn’t want to start too early, since we needed to time the currents in Wrangell Narrows. The waters in Sumner Strait were alternately tourquoise milky, dirty brown, and again milky, due to the outflow of the Stikeen River. We crossed over to the Wrangell Narrows, and made our way up the narrow channel. I was hoping to meet a state ferry or cruise ship in the narrows, but none were passing through. The currents were quite strong, peaking at over 4 knots. I was glad we had the current at our back. A couple miles shy of Petersburg the current changed, and we opposed a 2 knot current the rest of the way. We stopped at the fuel dock to top off tanks, since we will have a long run to Juneau, our next fuel opportunity. We got a slip at the marina and tied up. This slip is right below a major fish packing facility, with lots of noises and activity. It’s 7:30 pm and someone’s still jackhammering up there. I wonder how late that will go on.

A pair of power boats which were moored in front of us at Wrangell arrived while we were getting ready to walk into town. They had gone to Le Conte glacier via Dry Pass on their way up here. They said the glacier was fascinating, and they had brought some glacier ice along with them. They gave us a small chunk and we made drinks with it. We looked around town a bit and then came back to the boat for a great salmon quiche, which finished up the salmon. I’ll just have to catch another. Sun is peeking out this evening. Hope that is a sign of improving weather.

Mileage for the day: 40 nm; total for the trip: 1041 nm

5.5 mpg since Wrangell

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