Finally home, ready for Mexico.

We departed Seattle on the 15th of October. We knew that the trip would be a little bumpy but we needed to more because the fronts just keep coming in the North West this time of the year.

The first two days were rough but the seas calmed right down by the time we were south of Oregon.

We arrived into San Diego on the 21st of October.

The crew is anxious to have some much needed time off and the boat is looking forward to some extensive TLC.

Next Stop Mexico…


Glaciers and last minute stops

We cruised through Glacier Bay and into Juneau. We definitely arrived late in the season. We are the only yacht or cruise ship here. It’s nice to walk the shops in Juneau without having all the crowds. The stores were happy to see some last minute crew spending some money.

We left Juneau on the 5th of October and started to cruise south the Ketchikan. Our first stop was Tracey Arm. The fog was thick as we approached the entrance. We were nervous because this was our only day to experience the arm. Five minutes up, the fog decided to lift. The sun came out and the conditions were perfect. The ice was super concentrated but we pushed our way all the way to north Sawyer. We were moving chunks bigger than Volkswagens.  It has been 6 years since I’ve been to Tracey Arm and it was scary to see how far the glacier has receded.  We drove almost half a mile off our electronic chart to get close to the glacier. A massive chunk fell off the glacier and sent a 6ft swell throughout the bay. It was unbelievable. A few brave souls jump in the freezing water and Charlie paddled his way out through the ice. We had an amazing day.

We steamed over night to arrive in Petersburg the next morning in order to meet our pilot to take us through the Wrangle Narrows. The fog was super thick so we needed to wait for an hour in order for the float plane to land. Once we got through the narrows, we headed straight for Annan National park. The weather was stunning and we took a beautiful walk through the forest.

We arrived late that night into Ketchikan. Once again we were the only boat in town. A few of the shops were closed but all the locally owned stores stay open. They’re the best shops for any type of authentic art or souvenirs.

We departed Ketchikan on the 10th to head south to San Diego. The weather had a different idea and we ended up pulling over in Seattle.

We spent two nights in Seattle. It’s always a great stop on the west coast.

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Looks like the weather will be slowing down a little bit and we should be able to squeeze through some fronts on the 15th.

Next Stop San Diego.


Sea Creatures

We decided to do one last night at anchor in Kodiak before heading across the gulf. It ended up being an awesome decision.

Sea Otters

Sea Otter. Photo taken by Michael Power.

We cruised around the east side of the island and found a massive group of sea otters. They were super curious and a couple of them swam right up to the boat.

A few hours later we spotted some whales about 5 miles away from the boat. None of us have ever seen such big sprays. Fortrus drifted around for a while as the whales came closer. They were enormous. One decided to say hello by surfacing just a few feet off the bow. They were Blue Whales and absolutely incredible.

We are half way across the gulf right now and should be arriving in Glacier Bay tomorrow.

Let’s hope that our experience over in the southeast is as amazing as our time in Kodiak.

Group of Sea Otters

Group of Sea Otters. Photo taken by Paul McDonald.

Whales

Whales. Photo taken by Erik Aubry.

Whale.

Whale. Photo taken by Eric Aubry.


Deadliest Catch and Fortrus

We made it past Dutch but we didn’t end up making it all the way to Juneau. We pulled into Kodiak, Alaska and are waiting for the weather to break in the gulf before we cross.

Crew of the m/y Fortrus on the Cornelia Marie. Photo by Natasha Kovalenko.

Fortrus pulled into the second largest fishing harbor in America. We docked beside the Cornelia Marie from the Deadliest Catch. The Time Bandit is out of the water with the hopes of being splashed next week. Fortrus and the rest of the crews ended up meeting out one night. Tony Lara, the captain of the Cornelia Marie has been a huge help. Paul and the crew invited Tony on board for dinner and he returned the favor by having us and bunch of fisherman over to his place for a seafood BBQ.  We had a great time and everybody here in Kodiak have been awesome.

On deck with Captain Tony aboard the m/v Cornelia Marie. Photo by Natasha Kovalenko.

Tony gave us all a great tour of the Cornelia. It’s an amazing fishing machine.

Captain Tony Lara of the m/v Cornelia Marie giving some fishing pointers.

Hanging in the mess of the m/v Cornelia Marie.

We’ve seen sea otters, whales and we’ve been getting way too close to some sea lions.

Swimming sea lion. Photo by Natasha Kovalenko

Sea otter. Photo by Natasha Kovalenko.

Fortrus has had a great time in Kodiak and will be bummed to leave the island life.

Sea lion. Photo by Michael Power.

Fortrus with the fleet in Kodiak. Photo by Paul McDonald.