Our brief time spent in Hoonah was busy. We needed to transition from one mode of transportation (air) to another (water). Lots of the larger luggage we utilized to get to Hoonah would only become a burden when we would paddle back from Greentop Cove.
We rented a van from Hoonah Outfitters to be able to move around while in Hoonah. Icy Straits Outfitter was also the company who we rented our kayaks from. Not only the sole outfitter of kayaks in this region, but also a great company to do business with. Chelsea provided us with several connections, housing, transportation and kayaks. They also stored our unwanted luggage until we returned.
After landing in Hoonah we had to ferry all our gear and us to the cabin we would spend the night in. It was a nice cabin.-Mike-
We began our re-packing by putting things in dry bags and, as usual, loading the bags into Ikea Bags for bulk transportation in the van to the dock.
A brief amount of time was spent, going over the ‘Big Picture’. By this point in time, everybody was well prepared and knowledgable of what we were in store for. Months of preparation and leader guided study, gave all the participants a solid foundation of the region, charts, tides. etc.
We made a quick run down the street for dinner at the Hotel/Restaurant for dinner. While we were waiting outside for others to pay their tab, Michelle made a friend who gave her fresh caught (and cooked) Dungeness crab. This will become our lunch the next day at Greentop cove.
A final inspection of the boats before loading, Deck lines, hatch covers and fittings were adjusted before leaving the town of our outfitter.
The next morning we had to ferry our small mountain of gear to the dock. The kayaks that had been rented for our use had to be carried about two blocks down to the dock. Us and all our gear where loaded on to two water taxis for the trip out to Yakobi Island. -Mike-
Ryan looked at the number of Ikea bags and commented: “It looks like this expedition was outfitted by Ikea”.
‘All hands’ help load the gear on to the shuttle boats, which will be our final leg to Green top Cove