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25 days ago
Seldovia, AK, 31-Aug-2020 — Jennifer brought us here to Seldovia to wait out weather. We arrived Friday for weather taking place out by the Barren Islands, Islands we’d passed between under power because there was no wind. Saturday, through VHF radio weather reports, we learned that it was blowing 40 knots out there, but here … Continue reading "Seldovia Dreams"
27 days ago
Port Chatham, AK, 27-AUG-2020 — This is the last time we will anchor on this trip. Everything is mixed: Melancholia at having this long adventure end, and impatience to move on. The day before yesterday and the day before that stick in the mind as embodying so much of an Alaska cruiser’s life. We motored … Continue reading "Our last anchorage; I do not look like a tadpole"
1 month ago
Phoenix Bay, Alaska, 23-aug-2020 — Bill Buckley and I parted company with me having a much lessened opinion of the man, not that it was too wonderful to begin with. Bill, in all his interviews and promotion for the book, including his article for the New Yorker, which I read almost forty years ago and … Continue reading "Books"
1 month ago
Kitoi Bay, Alaska, 23-aug-2020 — We spent almost a week at the dock in Kodiak. Like all time at a dock, it is maintenance and repairs interspersed with tourism and socializing. I never complete all the repairs and never do as much tourism as I would like. The day before we came to Kodiak the … Continue reading "Kodiak and the home stretch"
1 month ago
Three hours south of Hidden Harbor, Mainland, Alaska, 145-AUG-2020 — It had to happen, something of some consequence had to give. The workaround was thirty seconds and I ralized that the moment I saw the problem, but I wasted 90 minutes second guessing myself. Hiudden Harbor is beautiful place and quite hidden. Fishing boats do … Continue reading "Something had to break"
1 month ago
Shilikof Strait, 40 nm west of Big Alinchak Bay, AK, 10-Aug-2020 — Jennifer sees things in the geology that I cannot. Generally, she sees how the land was formed, its history and future. The land around us is generally volcanic, shaped by erosion and glaciers, often by earthquakes and continental drift. Some the land is … Continue reading "Shape in the Land"
1 month ago
Just outside of Herring Lagoon on Mitrofania Island, AK, USA, 4-AUG-2020 11.45 am ADT — The sun today reminds us that in the Aleutians and now South Central Alaska we live in a cotton wool world of low clouds and fog. King Cove was followed by Captain Harbor and then an overnighter to Delarof Harbor … Continue reading "Cottonwool days and many levels of backup"
1 month ago
I’ve never published correspondence before. This letter to Ray Penson discusses things that are interesting to two sailors. Ray, as you may know, holds a Type One captain’s license: any boat any ocean. He is a master seaman in the sense that the term conjures. You can search for Ray in the blog. We met … Continue reading "A letter to Ray"
1 month ago
Captain Cove, Alaska Peninsula, Alaska, 31-JUL-2020 — ”Charles will give you the WiFi password when he comes in. We all have it. People bring theie laptops and do work,” said the fisherman I had been speaking with. Jennifer was still asleep. I walked over from the small boiat harbor in King Cove where we were … Continue reading "People, Lies, Rewards and Wind"
2 months ago
A few posts may out of order because we lost cellular service before I could post. East Anchor Cove, Unimak Island, the Aleutians, AK, US, 27-JUL-2020 — Jennifer is down with a Migraine today. Her CPAP has been giviing her issues. We we think it might be mold. Not using it resulted in the migraine. … Continue reading "East Anchor Cove, A dead whale, overnight passage and a migraine"
2 months ago
Dutch Harbor, AK, USA, 20-JUL-2020 — Just a quick note to tell everyone we are safe and sound. The rest of the trip into Dutch Harbor was uneventful, with no wind: we motored all the way. I completely over estimated the amount fo fuel we have used. We arrived with, we think, in excess of … Continue reading "We’re in Dutch Harbor"
2 months ago
53° 18.93N 168° 27.14W 17-jul-2020 — I’ve started WIlliam F Buckley’s Atlantic High, a book I’ve known about since parts of it were printed in the New Yorker in 1981. The copy I have is the fifth printing, so the book did well. I had, before I read the NY’er piece, determined I wanted to … Continue reading "William F and me"
2 months ago
Inanudak Bay, Umnak Island, The Aleutians, Alaska, US, 16-JUL-2020 — It is Hilary’s birthday today. It is really the first birthday withiout her. It is fitting that we are in Alaska, in an empty bay, not surrounded by mountains, as we normally are, but by volcanoes. The original Hilary would have reveled, as would have … Continue reading "Thoughts on Adventuring"
2 months ago
Inanudak Bay, Umnak Island, The Aleutians, Alaska, US, 14-JUL-2020 10:13 HST — Umnak Island has the distinction of the being the limit of the range of a type of kelp called Bull Kelp. And yep, as we arrived we saw bull kelp. The first we’ve seen since leaving Southern California last fall. Bull kelp doesn’t, … Continue reading "Sailing into the Bering Sea and anchoring at night"
2 months ago
**wriiten several days ago** In the theory of capitalism, profit is maximized and market forces cause product improvement. In a monopoly, there is no need to ever improve a product because there will be no increase in profit because customers have no alternative. Iridium Go is a monopoly, because of this all of the associated … Continue reading "Sailboats have destinations, part 2"
2 months ago
52° 51.276N 169° 21.166W , 12-Jul-2020 — we’re here. In ten hours we will anchor near a hot spring abs sleep attached to land. Sorry about yesterday’s abridged post… technical difficulties. The rest and an explanation tomorrow. Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.
2 months ago
51 02.6N 168 20.8 W — 11-jun-2020 12:56 HST — Motorboats have schedules, sailboats have destinations. Caro Babbo demonstrates this as we arrive three days later than planned into Samalga Pass to the Bering Sea. Jennifer will blame this on a miscalculation in motoring capabilities, but the real arithmetic shows that of the four or … Continue reading "Sailboats have Destinations: Diligence and Attention to Detail"
2 months ago
44 41N 162 02 W. 7-JUL-2020 07:54 HST — Jennifer sleps while I officially stand watch. It is foggy with litte wind. Little wind has been the problem. The passage has been good one, fair weather with great winds for the first week or so. The first few days we sailed above hull speed for … Continue reading "Fishnet catches us."
3 months ago
23°35’N 160°13’W 00:14 HST 27-Jun-2020 — Today is my sister Linda’s birthday. When I was a small child, I envisioned myself at age 46. It was the age I would be in 2000, so I was old enough to do arithmetic. I would have a beard and wear glasses. Forty-six has come and gone. As … Continue reading "Eighty miles north of Kuaui"
3 months ago
Hanalei Bay, Kuaui, HI, 25-JUN-2020 — If you’re asking why are we still in a Hawaii, it is the proper question. We were to have left Tuesday, but will leave tomorrow instead. I’ve wriiten that in a cruising boat, you, the skipper/owner/crew are the weak point: the boat will protect you. I am the weak … Continue reading "Why are we still in Hawaii? We leave in the morning."
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