Our route today took us through the final section of open water on this trip as we cruised up to Goddard Hot Springs. The good weather held and we had minimal wind and swell. Traveling along the west side of the rugged Baranof island with the wide open pacific off our port side felt like we were on the edge of the world.
We ducked in behind the Necker islands and stayed in protected waters for the second half of the day. We passed by Cormorant rookeries and kelp beds with rafts of sea otters. We navigated our way through multiple tight narrows. The tide was out and we could see purple and orange sea stars clinging to the shore.
Once settled in our anchorage we headed out to test out the hot springs. A nice boardwalk trail led us through the forest to an open meadow with two soaking tubs. Shelters have been built up around the tubs but are open on both sides giving you a great view of the bay. The water is piped into the tubs and is so hot that you have to dilute it with cold water. What a treat to soak in the hot water, listening to the birds and looking out over the calm bay. A fabulous way to end this trip!
Later, we gathered on Deception for a potluck dinner. It was a great final gathering and an enjoyable way to wrap up our journey together. It was fun to reminisce over photos and stories and to see how much we have packed into this trip! We have had great weather, incredible wildlife sightings, wonderful company, and spectacular scenery.