Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Alaska 2016 | Day 49 | Juneau to Tracy Arm Cove

Maddie and Brendan, friends from college, arrived late last night. This morning we did some shopping, then took off around 10:00 a.m. for Tracy Arm Cove.

The first half of the trip down was pleasant. Overcast, but calm water and decent visibility. We saw a few whales, one up close.
Mountains in Stephens Passage, pre rain
Half way to Tracy Arm, the rain showed up. And I don't mean a drizzle. Think a radar-blocking downpour. Oh well, the boat needs a fresh water washdown!

Entering Tracy Arm the weather briefly cleared and we got a peak at the surrounding mountains.
Entering Tracy Arm
The rain continued all afternoon and evening, but it didn't deter us from exploring. We donned rain gear and set off in the dinghy, only to turn back after a few minutes. The rain was so heavy I couldn't keep my eyes open without glasses, and I couldn't keep my glasses clear of water.

Later, the rain abated for a few minutes and an amazing rainbow appeared. For a few minutes we glimpsed only a tiny piece of it above a fog bank and below the low clouds. Cool!
A tiny piece of the rainbow
43.48 nm today
1349.21 nm total

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