Finally back for the last entries about last summer. Held off publish some images since some publications wanted to buy first time rights. More to come.
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.
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.
The he trip is going well after 45 days and over 300 nautical miles we have reached Sitka. Here we are re-supplying on spices, oil and sugar. After several weeks of fantastic weather we now have a pretty good storm moving through. Hopefully we can continue towards Goddard Hot Springs tomorrow.
We are leaving for our summer of subsistence sea kayaking in SE Alaska, until September (is the plan). Will start paddling in Haines, and paddle in the direction that seems to have the best catching and harvesting. Our fishing gear, shrimp pots, crab snares, etc. are ready to provide the catch as we collect edible berries, plants and mushrooms. A well stocked spice kit will help us prepare some delicious meals (we hope). A few pictures from last summers trip below. I will try to update this page if we stop in a small town.
Want to hear more about how it is going? We are planning to post several updates with Adventure Kayaker.
Many people would probably celebrate the lack of winter in Alaska this year. But for me and my wife Nancy which love snow, cold, and backcountry skiing it was quite depressing with rain, warm temps, and a thin crust of dirty snow in the backyard. Photographically it was a disaster, how do you convey the feeling of winter when the snow is dirty and there is dead brown sticks everywhere?
The solution escape to Mexico where there is no expectations of snow. We started out with a week long backpack trip in the Laguna Mountains, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The friendly rancheros that live in around the mountains was a highlight, especially Prisciliano at Rancho Ecologico Sol de Mayo. Most tourist come here for a few hours to see the amazing waterfall, but be wise and spend a few days, explore the area, learn from Prisciliano and enjoy the amazing hospitality.
Yet – another amazing swimming hole. Please be careful to not contaminate the precious desert water with sunscreens, soap, and other chemicals.
Yes – we actually got three days of straight rain, and in our infinite wisdom we didn’t bring a rainfly to our tent as it never rains in the desert. Luckily this boulder had a great overhang that sheltered us for one of the nights.
The terrain is steep and rugged with granite slabs and boulders, surrounded by lush and very diverse vegetation.
The higher elevations has an amazing forest with Oak and Pine tress mixed with Joshua trees, and covered in lichen and moss communities.
After crossing the range from east to west, we enjoyed another stormy night on the Pacific Ocean.
With sore knees and feet the ocean was calling us, and we went sea kayaking around Isla Espiritu Santo.
Amazing sunsets was one of the highlights, but so was the wildlife. Fun to see the American Oystercatcher patrolling the beaches, and the Magnificent Frigatebird at their nesting colony.