Subsistence Kayaking – IV

After Goddard Hot Springs we turned back north past Sitka, through Sergius Narrows to Hoonah Sound. As we returned into a more sheltered environment we found a larger variety of beach greens and they were more abundant.

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Wild crabapples were flavorful, but time consuming to collect and process.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Thimbleberries didn’t grow along the outer coast. As we returned to the inner channels (Hoonah Sound) we found the last delicious berries of the season.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Fishing for salmon continued to be poor but we caught a few pinks. Learned later from ADFG biologist that the fish had gone straight up the streams as rains and high stream flows arrived the same time as the salmon. Here we are eating salmon, beach asparagus, and hedgehog mushrooms.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Found great crabbing in Hoonah Sound. What a tasty threat.
 Fredrik Norrsell
A flock of Common Mergansers in morning fog. It was nice to find calmer sea conditions in Hoonah Sound after all our time on the outer coast.
 Fredrik Norrsell
We really liked the ocean in Hoonah Sound but it was sad to see how heavily logged the forest had been.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Recent clearcuts in Hoonah Sound.

Subsistence Kayaking – III

The unsettled weather continued during our trip down to Goddard Hot Springs, so we decided to portage into Redoubt Lake and from there hike the historic trail to the Hot Springs. We quickly found out how much richer the marine environment is, and we had to work hard to get enough food and use our saved supplies.

 Fredrik Norrsell
The old boardwalk – trail between Redoubt Lake and Goddard Hot Springs.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Along the trail to Goddard Hot Springs.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Boiling Limpets. Since limpets are grazers they are not susceptible to PSB poisons. We were able to collect limpets along our hike from Redoubt Lake to Goddard Hotspring.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Huckleberries were abundant near the Hot Springs.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Blueberry Cobbler for breakfast.
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Goddard Hot Springs, what a wonderful threat to soak and rest our tired bodies.
 Fredrik Norrsell
Twisted stalk salad with smoked salmon and huckleberries.