This entry is disjointed in many ways, the pictures are disorganized, the text is sparse and I will leave it at that. I have attempted to write this several times from the library in Sitka and after several hours, I'm done. The computer can't seem to sync with the wifi at the library and now I'm using my own cell phone hotspot.
We were scheduled out of Juneau on July 2, but high winds kept us in port due to cancellation of service. We finally left port on the 4th and what was a 2 day delay turned out to be a blessing in disguise. On the 4th, seas were calm, the sky clear and the views were nonstop magnificent. In fact so much so that Bev & I were constantly going from side to side on the ferry Chenega snapping pictures. Since we both were taking pictures, that is part of the reason they are disjointed, the computer wouldn't let me organize them. Actually it was probably me, just not smart enough to tell it exactly what I want.
Due to the delays in Juneau, the ferry staff allowed us to stay on their lot for 2 nights since we couldn't get back into the campground at Mendenhall Lake. That was a good thing as on the 4th, we had to be up at 3AM to check in for a 5:30AM departure. But it was getting light at that time of day, now we know first hand. LOL
Anyway on the trip to Sitka, Bev and I were both awestruck at the beauty surrounding us. Travelling on a catamaran type vessel at the relatively speed of 37 knots was exciting, particularly in the narrows. Side to side clearance in some spots seemed barely wide enough for the ferry, but at high speeds through S turns with barely 60-70 feet widths, we rocketed through. I don't think a jet boat through there would have been has exciting.
I have said this here several times on this journey, the views are endless. This trip is no different, therefore the pictures. And still they don't give you the depth, the real beauty and emotional excitement that this ride brought.
The crew of Chenega very carefully directed us onto this small ferry. The 45 feet of rolling stock was more than straightforward, as our rear duals on the motorhome required blocks to be laid to handle our long wheelbase. Brian, the officer in charge of getting the vehicles in the right spots went far above and beyond, requiring his crew to make every necessary adjustment to get us on and off the ferry with no further damages. When I say "no further" I'm referring to the mud flap incident at Skagway.
Upon our arrival in Sitka, we set up at the at the forest service campground, Starrigavan just down the road from the ferry terminal. What a great spot for 7 bucks a night.
In the afternoon we enjoyed lunch and a small town Independence Day parade. Since we were up at 3AM, we didn't stay up to watch the midnight fireworks. They are at midnight since the skies darken enough to see the fireworks. We were awakened to the booms of the display nonetheless.
Local Sitkans are complaining about the heat, low 70s, but we're lovin' it here. We'll be here until the 14th when we sail a bit further south to Petersburg.