Airship Goes to Alaska – Day 15
Departure from Windy Bay: 8am
We stopped in at Butedale for a quick look at the waterfall and the old cannery (apparently being restored):
We continued on and met up with several Pacific White-Sided dolphins and got a nice show. We could see them jumping and splashing around the boats ahead of us first:
We noticed after a few minutes two of them coming up along side us fast.
Pretty soon, we had two bow riders!!
The scenery in here just keeps getting more and more grand.
As we turned toward Bishop Bay, more Pacific white-sided dolphins joined the flotilla again and surfed Cabernet's bow and then ours:
Here they come!
We’re now in Bishop Bay for the night. The two biggest boats took the mooring balls (one with a rafted boat on its port side) and the other four of us are on the small dock.
There was a very large tree floating next to one of the mooring balls when we arrived. Lanette and Ron (and their dog Bailey) towed it out into the bay a little ways.
Someone apparently stole the ramp from the dock up to the hot springs walkway, so we dinghied over and climbed up the rocks to the hot springs for a pre-dinner soak.
Tonight we had a potluck party on our little dock. After dinner several got together over on Thelonius to smoke their Cuban cigars (procured in Canada and must be done away with before U.S. Customs). Here's Larry on Thelonius before the cigar party started:
Margaret’s crab trap was unsuccessful at catching crab, but it did pull up a predatory starfish that was wrapped completely around the bait jar, with its “stomach tendrils” down inside through one of the vents in the lid…already eating and digesting the crab bait. Weird and cool!
Lanette and Ron headed back to Cabernet with the mosquito lantern:
(I need one of these strapped to myself 24 hours a day, since I apparently have "Skeeter Syndrome".) It's really not awesome. At all. I'll spare you the photo of my legs covered in giant red bite/welts. You're welcome.
Today's track (56 nautical miles):
Tomorrow: Lowe Inlet