2018 Mother Goose Alaska Flotilla: Leg 6, Day 6 – Patterson Inlet to Bishop Bay | NW Explorations


2018 Mother Goose Alaska Flotilla: Leg 6, Day 6 – Patterson Inlet to Bishop Bay

We woke to a foggy morning in Patterson Inlet.  The thick cloud obscured the shoreline and gave an eerie feel to the morning.  The boats all pulled their anchors and we were underway by 8am.  We stayed in a tight formation, navigating through the channel using our radar, GPS and fog horn. The experience gave us a greater appreciation for the early explorers who charted this area without the help of our modern-day equipment.

Once out in the main channel, we navigated through pockets of deep fog and areas where the clouds would lift and we would regain visibility.  Seeing the landscape in small snippets like this added to the mystique of the day.  Suddenly, the rocky shoreline and steep mountain slopes would reappear next to us.  Then, just as quickly, the fog would close back in around us.

On our way to Bishop Bay we had some great humpback whale sightings!  We saw a few solitary whales as well as a group of 4 or 5 that had congregated along a current line and seemed to be fishing all together.  Another whale was right at the entrance to Bishop Bay.  After rafting together in the deep-water anchorage of Bishop Bay, we settled in for the afternoon.  The warm afternoon sun had us swimming in the cold water of the bay and then dipping in to the natural hot springs that are tucked in the back of this bay.

As we were all busy cooking dinner and enjoying the afternoon on deck, Patos called over from their vantage point on their mooring ball and alerted us to a humpback whale nearby.  We scurried outside just in time to see the whale surface after swimming directly under our raft!  What an amazing sight and sound!

We spent another beautiful evening onboard.  Watching night fall in the bay and listening to humpback whales spout nearby.  As dusk fell and the day cooled off, we took another trip to soak in the hot springs.  What a treat to be in such a spectacular setting, deep in the wilderness and arrive at such a neat little spot.

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