Mother Goose 2019: Leg 7: Day 7: Wrangell to Berg Bay | NW Explorations


Mother Goose 2019: Leg 7: Day 7: Wrangell to Berg Bay

After a lovely lay day, the fleet departed Wrangell, leaving civilization behind for the wilds of Alaska. Specifically, the fog laden spruce-hemlock forests of Berg Bag. Part of Berg Bay’s beauty is the steep, forested cliffs that plunge into the water forming the rocky borders to a deep bay; wonderful terrain for fishing and crabbing but offering limited options for good anchoring. So, upon arrival, Mother Goose fleet decided to raft up all six boats, working together to set multiple anchors and shore tie lines. This particular anchorage requires a mariner’s careful attention to Alaska’s dramatic tide change, and Captain Brian demonstrated how to use Deception’s lead line as an analogue, but infallible way to check depth. Once the fleet was all snugged up and set, Deception called everyone over for a social hour. At this point in the trip crews were really starting to get to know each other, and many of the boats opened up their salons for drinks and lively conversations. If you travel with the right people, it’s possible, even out in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, to have an excellent, lively block party. That evening several crews set out in their dinghies to drop crab pots or to explore the coastline. Discovery and Patos traveled to the next bay over to check out several waterfalls, visible from far off, cascading along the steep rockface. With the crab pots set and the dinghies stowed, crews tucked in for the night watching the long Alaskan twilight turn to night.

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