Category Archives: 2016 Boat Trips

Appleton Cove

We arrived in Appleton Cove on Monday afternoon (8/1) and things looked pretty good.  Even though we took a twisty-turny route into the cove which was behind a reef, there was a wind that came over the low mountains at the head of the cove and caused a little chop in the water that slapped against the hull of the boat making an obnoxious, continuous racket all night long.  As I was preparing this post I realized that I don’t have any pictures of this place so we’re just going to forget we were ever here and move on.

Moses Point Cove to Appleton Cove

We spent a leisurely morning in Moses Point Cove.  We went back to the Lake Eva trail and walked about half of it.  This time I had a camera so I’m going to bore you with my pictures.  First, here is Madeline in the cove as we were leaving.

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As we rounded the point into the next cove, there was a pile of rocks that the seals seemed to like.

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When we started the hike, we went to the lagoon for a look and found our favorite kingfisher!

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There were lots of big trees covered with moss near the lagoon.

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As we walked further into the woods, we saw something bright orange in the distance.  It turned out to be tree fungus with the sunlight shining on it.  It looked much better in person than in the picture.

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I continued to be amazed at how pretty these woods were.  I guess it’s been a while since I’ve been hiking in the woods.

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We saw tons of these squirrel holes around the bottoms of the trees.  They were covered in the little pieces of pine cone the squirrels were eating.

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When we popped out of the woods and back to the beach, someone was watching us.

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This is the way you want to find  you dinghy when you return from a hike!  It was a breeze compared to yesterday to get back to the boat.

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After eating some lunch we’re going to pull anchor and head to Appleton Cove.  It’s a quick ride, only 11 miles, so it will be an easy day.  Since I have such a great signal right now, I’m going to go ahead and post this before we even leave for Appleton Cove.  We’ll get there in the next post.


Tenakee to Moses Point Cove

We left Tenakee on Sunday morning around 10:00am on our way to Moses Point Cove.  The weather was supposed to be very good and it was! We arrived at the cove a little before 3 and were all anchored up shortly after.


Since we were nice and early we decided to go look for the trail to Eva Lake. We had heard that it was a really nice hike.  We got the inflatable raft  down and took off for the next cove over and the trail.  We found the trailhead really easily, beached the raft and started our hike.


The forest was really pretty and the trail was amazing.  There were all sorts of little waysides with rocks and stumps positioned for seating.


There was some bear scat along the trail and we were prepared with a very heavy shotgun. Billy also practiced his whistling skills along the way.  We didn’t see any wildlife beyond squirrels and birds – thankfully.


When we got to the lake it was really beautiful. We rested for a bit taking in all the beautiful scenery before heading back to the boat.


The scenery was amazing.


When we were almost back we saw this bird in a tree.  I think it’s a kingfisher, can you find it?


When we got back to the raft it was low tide and we were high and dry! It was quite an operation to get the raft back down to the water.


It doesn’t look that big but it has a hard bottom which makes it really heavy.  We unloaded all our gear and Billy took the motor off to move it.  We made it back to the water after a lot of muscle work and were back on Madeline in no time.  It was a great hike and I think we might go back again tomorrow.

We were amazed that we could get a cell signal in this cove and no telling when we’ll be connected again but we’ll keep making updates and post them when possible.  Later…




Juneau to Tenakee Springs

We left Juneau not so bright and early Friday morning (10:15am) headed toward Sitka with our first stop planned for Tenakee Springs. The weather was supposed to be perfect but it didn’t quite work out that way.  The first hour or so was good as were the last three but the middle four were pretty lumpy.

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We made it into Tenakee about 6pm and were more than ready to tie up for the night.

P1100322 Saturday morning we got up and went to the bakery for breakfast.

After breakfast we went for a walk and saw tons of huckleberries.

We turned around and headed back to town at Rocky Creek where someone had rigged up a water tap from the creek along with a cup so you could get a drink. Pretty clever!

 Now we’re at the library where they have a wifi connection. We’re catching up on emails, downloading some podcasts and working on this post. Billy is getting hungry so I think we’d better head back to the boat for lunch and get this posted later.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress as the internet allows. Ciao!