|Sun breaking through the mist - Behm Canal|
|Nadejda moored in Punch Bowl Cove - Rudyard Bay|
|Heading north in Behm Canal|
|Breaking ice in God's Pocket|
|Going ashore in Walker Cove.|
|Leaving Walker Cove|
mind of how after a fairly gruelling 2+ mile hike we came to a hot spring that was so hot one could not even take a dip in! Disappointed we went back to the boat denied. I had promised the kids that I would take them to a hot spring and today was that day. We hiked up the trail in the rain, crawling over boulders and crossing creeks with their bridges out. There was snow and ice, rocks that had to be climbed under, and mud that tried to pull your boots off as you went. This whole time I am still remembering twenty years back and the disappointment I felt, hoping that it would somehow be different this time. The girls first saw the log shelter which marked our arrival and with much excitement our pace quickened as we neared the springs. I made my way to the pool and dipped my hand in the water to reveal that water was indeed cooler, so much so that it was lukewarm at best. The kids quickly made their way to the shelter to change and ran bare foot through the snow for their long promised soak. Baths were had with much laughing and splashing, they were just happy to be soaking and playing in the middle of a wilderness in January. Returning to the beach the sky opened and gave us a good soaking, as if nature had given us our warm soak and now it was time for balance.
We quickly decided to motor to Klu Bay, primarily to help dry the boat of moisture from a very wet day. Molly hung most of the wet clothes and towels in the engine room for the trip as our engine creates a lot of heat and draws much air creating a good environment for clothes drying. It was dark before we reached Klu Bay and navigated the narrow entrance with radar, being thankful the mooring buoy had reflective tape on it for easier locating. We slept content that night.
|Sunset on way to Bailey Bay.|
DAY 6: The following morning found us headed for Naha Bay and the float there that services the trail system leading to a summer camp that was once a homestead. As we glided through the quiet water nearing the float things looked quite different. There were trees strewn everywhere and the ramp leading to shore was gone; a storm a couple months back had wreaked havoc here leaving a mess in its wake. We were finally able to receive weather over the VHF and discovered that another storm system was moving in and we would need to head back to Ketchikan the following day. This was met with some excitement as it meant that we would be able to make the "Monthly Grind" a local talent show that we thoroughly enjoy. It was a fun trip that left us wanting to take at least two weeks if we were to do it again to allow for more exploring along the way.