2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6A, Day 1 – Ketchikan to Foggy Bay | NW Explorations

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2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6A, Day 1 – Ketchikan to Foggy Bay

With eagles calling as an alarm clock, each crew woke to begin the procession out of Ketchikan. We have been enjoying sunny days while in the rainiest town of Southeast Alaska. Although the clouds had rolled in overnight, as we made our way south in the Tongass Narrows the sky opened up to a glorious day for cruising.

The fleet made our way past about 10 actively fishing boats who were all purse seining for Salmon. Purse Seining is a style of fishing where a tender is launched from the main vessel which drags a net away. The two boats then drag the net along in the water for about 20 minutes. The tender then brings the end of the net back to the main vessel enclosing the net around the fish. A line is then tightened at the bottom of the net and the net is hauled onto the boat. The boats were busy catching!

Salmon have been a very important part of Native Alaskan culture since they came to this area over ten thousand years ago. The Tlingit people have stories that tell of humans and other animals being related and they can go between each other’s worlds. One of these, known as Salmon Boy, is about a young boy who gets taken by the salmon people and then returned to the humans with a new sense of respect for the fish that he shares life with. This story teaches us that we share the land and water with others and to do this we must respect one another.

As the day progressed and we pulled closer to our destination of Foggy Bay, the bay lived unto its name. We cruised through a world of white and safely navigated the entrance to the bay to find a beautiful sunny heaven waiting for us inside. After getting our raft together with a few people out at anchor, many went to explore by dingy and another group got in kayaks. The whole crew of Bonum Vitae went out for a paddle along with two from Thea. The tide was going out so we could explore all of the little critters in the intertidal zone.

The evening ended with an amazing sunset. It felt like Alaska was sending us off with a kind thank you. Tomorrow we will be leaving the wilds of Alaska and crossing the border to Canada. The last frontier has given us an incredible experience, but now it is time to begin our journey south.

P.S. Is Alaska on your bucket list? We can take you there! Email us to reserve your spot on our 2023 Mother Goose AK Flotilla. charters@nwexplorations.com 

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