We departed Berg Bay at 8:00 am: destination: Meyers Chuck. Seas were calm and skies were overcast with enough rain to wash the salt off the boats. We traveled south through Blake Channel on calm easy seas and as we passed Anan Bay, David on Exact reminisced gratefully about the magical time spent at Anan Creek just two days ago.
We called ahead to Meyers Chuck to order cinnamon buns for the entire fleet for tomorrow morning from Cassey the baker, postmaster, mayor, tax collector, greeter etc.… We carefully nosed our way into the small protected, rocky harbor when it became sadly clear that the docks and anchorages were full and our fleet of seven boats would not all fit. We decided to change the plan and head across Clarence Strait to protected Naha Bay just north of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island. The forecast was for a bit more wind in Clarence strait tomorrow so this would give us an advantage of a shorter trip and better conditions as we travel to Ketchikan tomorrow.
We arrived in Naha Bay and assembled the raft expertly within minutes as we had many times since the trip began; with two shore ties, one from Deception and the other off La Vida. Once settled, Dale, Debbie, Erika and Matt of Eldean took their dingy to the dock outside of Roosevelt Lagoon for a walk along a nature trail board walk. It is a beautiful walk through large spruce and Hemlock trees leading to a vast glass-calm lagoon that resembles a lake.
The Ryvkin family and David of Thea set out in their kayaks taking the short cut inside Dogfish Island. Due to the low tide, they stepped out to portage their kayaks across the gravel spit between Dogfish and Revillagigedo Island. Naha Bay is separated from Roosevelt Lagoon by a very narrow opening with substantial rapids that are only safe to traverse in a dinghy or kayak during high-water slack. There is a small man-made boat portage that is useful for moving kayaks around the rapids during any other time other than high slack. An hour or two later, the kayakers all returned, again portaging over the spit.
Before turning in, we were all invited to La Vida for a final gathering, the photo competition, and the slide show. We laughed and reminisced about the wonderful times we had shared together. It was a quiet night, and everyone was well rested by morning.
Today would be a short passage to Ketchikan. We departed at a leisurely 9:00 a.m. since we didn’t have far to go. This morning, Matt and Jane awoke early to bake the fleet some warm baked goods from scratch and make up for the missed cinnamon buns at Meyers Chuck. Matt made freshly baked sausage rolls and Jane made banana/walnut muffins which were distributed, still warm, to the fleet before unzipping the raft.
Once we arrived in Ketchikan and everyone was safely tied up to the docks, each boat made their own plans to explore the sites, go out to dinner or prepare to catch flights home.
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