Sunday, July 24, 2016

Alaska 2016 | Day 67 | Bridget Cove to Barlow Cove

We got an early start from Bridget Cove to Auke Bay. Sam had to be back in town to meet another friend for the next faze of his Alaskan adventure, and I wanted to run some errands and get out of Auke Bay without having to spend the night.
Dodging gill nets outside Bridget Cove
Coincidentally a friend was in Juneau today on a brief layover. He had a rental car and picked me up from the marina. We made a quick Costco run and did a beer tasting at Alaskan Brewing Co. before he had to catch a plane back home. Fun to catch up with people so far from home.

After filling the water tank and dumping garbage, I departed Auke Bay, destination unknown. Anna doesn’t arrive for about a week, and I don’t have any guests in the interim. Kind of nice to be traveling without a plan for a change. I do need to be in Hoonah on the 25th for a flight seeing trip with Kevin and Laura on Airship, so I figure I’ll mosey in that direction.

Soon after leaving Auke Bay I spotted a lone humpback. I watched it for a few minutes, then it dove deep and I didn’t find it again.
Finally, a whale!
Diving deep
The first anchorage that seemed interesting was Barlow Cove, which indents the north side of Admiralty Island. It looked a little deep on the chart, but I found good anchorage in about 80 feet of water. The scenery is good but not spectacular. Alaska has a way of resetting expectations. If this anchorage were in the Gulf Islands or San Juan Islands it would be incredible. But in a place like SE Alaska—so filled with totally breathtaking anchorages—Barlow Cove doesn’t stand out.

37.09 nm today
1844.96 nm total

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