We had entered Port Edward on the wings of a cold southerly squall. Six days later it was shades and sunscreen to the fore as we departed in hot sunshine on May 9th.

Navigating the numerous bars and shallows of Metlakatla Bay and Tsimpsean Peninsula we briefly visited the native community of Port Simpson before a late evening sprint across Portland Inlet to a beautiful white shell beach and campsite in the Boston Islets.

A brief visit to Tongass Island led to our first, fleeting, wolf encounter.

Making the same mistake that George Vancouver made in 1793 we headed north up Nakat Bay and Nakat Inlet, believing it to be a channel. Vancouver's excuse was no charts - ours was that we hadn't packed this chart.


Rounding Cape Fox and entering Revillagigedo Channel we were blown away by the immense scale. Duke Island appeared tiny in the distance and Cape Chacon on Prince of Wales Island was barely visible.

At Alava Bay on Revillagigedo Island we encountered an anthropology field trip run by the University of Southeast Alaska and the US Forestry Service. Later in Ketchikan we were able to spend some more time with the group and share some ales and tales.

On May 25th we cleared US Customs and Immigration in Ketchikan. Cruise ships towered over us as we paddled the docks, encountering Aussie Greg of Southeast Sea Kayaks. A talented folk singer and incredible story teller, Greg cheerful and enthusiastic manner is infectious - an ideal kayak guide!

We were extremely fortunate to be hosted by Greg and his family, along with his business partner Kim, during our two stops in Ketchikan.

Kim had kayaked the Inside Passage and most of Southeast Alaska. She convinced us that the Misty Fjords National Monument was one of the most beautiful areas in Southeast Alaska and a must-see.

So we set out in the rain on May 29th, heading north on a cicumnavigation of Revillagigedo Island and a visit to the "Misties".

We arrived back in Ketchikan on June 3rd, having only had one day when it didn't pour rain. Our one sunny day coincided with our time in spectacular Rudyerd Bay and our visit to the New Eddystone.

Along the way we were were hosted by Joanne and Karl Klein at their cabin in remote Moser Bay where they raised their family without electricity in true Alaskan Pioneer spirit.

Port Simpson

Decommissioned lighthouse at Tree Point, near the entrance to Revillagigedo Channel

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