We got under way before eight, headed for Crescent Inlet. Since we choose to go slower than the rest of the fleet to conserve fuel, our early start put us in the lead with Dream Catcher on our stern. Abeam Olive Inlet, we caught a glimpse of a few seals but there was not much more wildlife to see.
As we approached Louise Narrows, we slowed down so Deception could take the lead through the shallow and narrow waterway. Louise Narrows is a dredged channel and serves as a useful shortcut. As we arrived on a rising tide, we got a good look at the dredged earth on either side of the channel. Alaskan Dream took up position at the end of the fleet so we got some good pictures during the transit. The depths were shallow and the current was running, so the helm was busy keeping Alaskan Dream in the center (deepest part) of the channel.
The water was very clear so we had a good look at the obstructions on either side of the channel and saw a depth as low as 5 feet under her keel. All in all it was a very interesting passage and a nice break from the open water cruising.
Exiting the channel, we made our way to Crescent Inlet. This Anchorage is one of those where it seems to take forever to get to the head of the inlet. Our watermaker wasn't working so we came alongside Deception to take on some fresh water. She was anchored quite far from the head, so we could not see any bears on the shore. Later we got a report from the other boats that they too did not see any bears so we didn't miss anything!
It was a peaceful night. Dinner was delicious King Salmon with hoisin glaze and baked curried sweet potatoes. “Mega-YUM!”, says Karen.