I awoke at 7am to find low clouds and grey skies. However by 8, the sun was out and Karen came up from below complaining of the sun in her eyes.
It’s going to be a relaxing morning. I want to get underway by 10am, but I think Karen may extend that a little longer. This is more the type of morning we enjoy. The slower pace is nice after so many days of covering so many miles every day.
Breakfast was not until 9. We toasted some leftover biscuits under the broiler, then added butter and topped them with honey. Karen was in heaven.
As we made our way down Fitz Hugh Sound Karen shouted: “Blows”. I turned Alaskan Dream in the direction of the humpbacks so we could take a closer look. There were multiple humpbacks in the area abeam the light on Addenbroke Island. We had slowed to about two knots when a mother and her calf surfaced about twenty five feet from our port beam. I put the engine in neutral as the whales had surprised both us and themselves. We lingered in the area for a short time and saw at least five animals. No flukes, just humps, we moved on.
Duncanby Lodge, our destination, is a high end fly-in fishing lodge. They do have docks for mariners with fuel, water and 30 & 50 amp power. They will also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to boaters in their lodge.
We were greeted at the fuel dock and topped off the tanks and also added a few liters of gas to the dinghy. From the fuel dock we walked Alaskan Dream 75 feet down the docks and tried up for the evening.
It was changeover day at the lodge and about the time we tied up in came 40 fishing guests aboard a squadron of seaplanes. They are part of a corporate outing. The dock hand informed us that 30 is their normal capacity, and this was the exception. Apparently they have been here before and are known to be a rowdy bunch. My experience is that even if you are rowdy, after a day on the water and with a early wake-up call facing you the next morning, rowdy tends to end early.
Karen spent the afternoon doing laundry and cleaning the interior of the boat. We had dinner at the lodge, which gave me a nice respite from cooking duty.