With only about 20 miles to travel today, we enjoyed a leisurely morning in Wrangell. Amazingly, the weather held and we enjoyed another beautiful sunny day in SE Alaska. It was so hot that many of the locals were jumping from the city dock into the water about 20 ft below because of the low tide. Our crew was inspired by this, and as soon as we arrived in Berg Bay we all took a dunk!
Berg Bay has a nice little A-frame cabin that is managed by the forest service and rented during the summer. It also has a couple of hiking trails. Discovery and Inception came to shore with us to explore. The first half of the trail is overgrown and boggy with skunk cabbage and thick moss growing everywhere. We came across bear scat and a large footprint. After that we all spoke a little louder than necessary and probably sounded like a herd of elephants crashing through the bush. The hike then met up with a boardwalk trail and lead to a beautiful, marshy meadow where a river emptied into the sea.
After that, we headed out to explore by dinghy. We cruised around to the next bay where the river was and attempted to navigate the many shallow channels of the river delta. We made it passed a few turns in the river before it became to shallow to continue. Floating back down in silence, our feet hanging in the cold water, nothing but wilderness in all directions and the smell of warm plants and rich soil filling our lungs was a wonderful feeling.
Grand Adventure opted to spend another afternoon out on the water fishing. They had a beautiful day for it, and everyone agreed that it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. They ended up catching a few rockfish and getting a small halibut to bite as well.
As this is our last time on this trip making a six-boat raft, we decided to celebrate with a pot-luck dinner. A delicious array of food greeted us, including fresh crab cakes from Grand Adventure! We shared a lovely night together with new friends and great conversations.