This portion of our trip to Alaska was about our journey from Greentop cove back to Hoonah. 3 days and roughly 75 mile brought us through fantastic scenery, an abundance of wildlife and a fantastic 6 knot current which timed perfectly with our days.
“After discussing the projected tides and currents for the day, we decided to leave at 6 am. For a large group to leave on time on a kayak journey is a “daunting” task. I think that we were all very motivated to not get stuck in an ebbing tide so we made sure to leave on time. ” – Aaron –
As we departed Greentop cove, our only foul weather for the whole trip offered us a serene and solemn beauty.
“Once we were on the water, we saw many jellyfish; we saw more leaving than we had seen all week. I think they were saying bye and wishing us a safe journey.” – Aaron –
Unbelievable views and vistas were enhanced by the low clouds and fog lifting off the mountains.
“… we were lucky enough to paddle back on the ocean side of Yakobi Island. The weather was great conditions weren’t a concern and the scenery was spectacular.” -Mike-
Placid water felt out of place and we started to grab the current.
There were two more possible camps in the nearby coves. Jeff, Bernie and Mike checked it out. A bear was in the site next to it and we decided he was good to be left there, rather than chased elsewhere, so we paddled silently by.
Our campsites were above high tide,
“We could see the high water line and prayed that we would be up high enough so that high tide would not reach out tents.” – Aaron –
and our cooking/meal site was away from camp and below high tide.
“The chart listed fresh water as being available here and it was a major reason for stopping. There was a small stream flowing into the cove here and it was very pretty.” – Bernie
Dinner cooking. We had the same full meal deal as we did at the cabin, including dessert.
“Waking up in the early morning, we all heard the tide extremely close to out tents. A few brave members on the trip got up to look how close it was. We all managed to stay dry. ” – Aaron –
Campfires were below high tide: low impact/leave no trace.
Ryan is scouting a tree to hang our food , toothpaste, etc, to avoid enticing bear.
“Ryan found a suitable tree and set up a rope to haul our food supplies up a tree and away from any bears.” – Bernie
“The tide had gone out and we had a very long carry in from of us, certainly a hundred yards or more, all on slippery rocks and sea weed.” – Bernie
As we waited for the long solstice day to end, we made friendly bets to see where the sun would finally set.
“South Inian Pass and it was noteworthy because of the fast currents there. Back home when I was preparing for the trip I saw a note in that section that warned of currents as high as 8-10 knots.” – Bernie
“Paddling 30 miles two days in a row was a treat.” – Fred –
“I’m not sure I was ready to go back as I had enjoyed our trip so much.” -Mike