Saturday, October 12, 2013

Heading Towards the Big City. Angoon to Sitka.

After gassing up in Angoon I try fishing with a bunch of local boats just outside the harbor. After an hour or so with no luck we head across Chatham Strait heading for Peril Strait on the way to Sitka.  photo Angoontositka_zps044ac8e4.jpg I had picked up a paper in Angoon and was able to catch up on the news. It’s remarkable that when you get unhooked from the internet, the world goes on just fine without you, and vice versa.  photo DSCN9792_zpsbdb25ca1.jpg As we enter Peril Strait I stop to fish and in five minutes I get a nice silver. That’s my kind of fishing, so many fish that even a rube like me can catch one.  photo DSCN9801_zps30767dff.jpg We sail a bit and motor some more, after about ten miles we anchor in a protected spot behind an island in Hanus Bay. A couple miles away a big mega-yacht is anchored out in the open. Since we’re a mini-yacht I always go for protection. After a nice salmon dinner we row ashore to a little island as the sun goes down. God light, I call it.  photo DSCN9816_zps366a81b2.jpg  photo DSCN9818_zps289afc40.jpg The next morning comes bright and calm. We need to time passing through Sergius Narrows, just right. The tides can move through up to 10-12 knots on spring tides and an average of 6 knots otherwise. We didn’t see this picture, it came from this website.  photo Sergiusnarrows_zps190d1aa2.jpg As we motored towards it I thought I had it all figured out, in fact by my calculations I thought I had an extra hour to get there. When we were about an hour away, and I thought we had two hours to catch slack water, a couple fishing boats that had been waiting took off simultaneously towards the narrows. I tried to figure out why and then realized I had the direction of flood and ebb mixed up so we hightailed it behind them. The wind started out with a slight breeze coming against us. But the closer we got to the narrows the more the wind was building up.  photo DSCN9848_zpsf91bd49a.jpg The Alaska Ferries high speed boat, the Fairweather zoomed by us.  photo DSCN9849_zpsd2ae433f.jpg By the time we got to the narrows the wind was coming straight at us at about 20 knots. Luckily, since we started earlier than I had planned, we hit the narrows just right at slack water so there wasn’t too much chop. After the narrows though, the waves picked up and we took a dogleg off the wind and were able to sail at hull speed with about only a third of the genoa up. This fish buyer was anchored and to a boat that size the wind was nothing. We zipped past and anchored in a little protected bay behind an island that had a Forest service cabin you can rent by the night. We could hear the wind howling on either side of the island but we were snug in our little anchorage. All the excitement tired me out and I went to bed at just after 8:00. Viviann stayed up and read..  photo DSCN9857_zps86525aa4.jpg After starting early for us, 7:30, in low clouds and fog we motor the last leg toward Sitka. The fog burned off and we dodged seine boats all the way to Sitka. Everybody was making money.  photo DSCN9872_zps58a204ec.jpg  photo DSCN9876_zps226151de.jpg Pretty as a picture.  photo DSCN9874_zpsdf4b987e.jpg After tying up at Eliason Harbor, Sitka has five boat harbors, we take a walking tour of Sitka. RIght downtown overlooking the water is the Pioneer’s Home. I decided that’s where I am going to spend my last days. We were told that apparently not every day in Sitka is as pretty as this. But a fellow has to dream, right?  photo DSCN9878_zps32054ba2.jpg Todd


  1. Hello Todd

    Discovered your blog ... and these photos from last year. Great!

    I glanced through my emails before bedtime tonight: found your name ... I thought, posted on the NEA ... what a coincidence, as I usually don't even open these emailings. The ideas about keeping our souls in teaching caught my interest, and finding a guy named Todd Miller in the comments from less than two hours earlier in the evening ... briefly considered that stats on us being those two, reading and writing ... or even to think about looking at that article about the same time in Quilcene! The #8 one and other comments also caught my eye. (I didn't think 'seating chart' was particularly soul-related, but it resonated, since studying Harry Wong, year after year, charts-and frequently scrambling charts - has been a regular practice for me). What I tell the kids, as often as I think of it, is that some kind of learning-training-schooling is the only way they can personally intend to improve opportunities for their future. I tell them that doesn't require college, but (especially since our Gates years) our school's goal is to try best we can to make every student college-ready: go or not, that they will not be hindered because they lack what we wanted to provide them. I appreciated your thoughts, well-expressed, coming from a similar setting as Quilcene. Noting that (certainly in Quilcene) we have a huge cultural obstacle - especially in our regional boys - to look at realistic opportunity lacking here ... needing to get beyond that, and the boys delusions, convinced that they can ignore 'education' when it is freely offered and they have nothing better to do until they're of age. The balance we lack - abandoning the vocational experiences that you highlighted - are our greatest failure, followed by trying to satisfy that void with more attention to sports for the physically inclined.
    I didn't want to write to your CHS email, and couldn't find a more direct email in your blog profile, so thought an Anonymous entry would end up in your inbox somehow. Anonymous Charlie

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