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April 11, 2011: Taking the F/V Chelsey around Douglas Island to Auke Bay to begin the commercial fishing season...

April 11, 2011:


Our Sunday afternoon journey 
on the water here in Juneau, Alaska 
where we experienced rain on departure, 
sunshine rounding Gastineau Channel 
to the backside of Douglas Island, 
and snow prior to entering Statter Harbor in Auke Bay
~ Overall, a good trip, 
including awesome moose burgers mid-trip ~

This was in preparation for my husband Max's 
annual start-up of his commercial power trolling trip, 
so yesterday we ran our commercial fishing boat the 43' F/V Chelsey 
from its winter moorage slip at Harris Harbor 
in Downtown Juneau to Statter Harbor 
in Auke Bay where he departed for the waters in
Southeast Alaska early the following morning...

We're off, 
departing Harris Harbor...
 
Nearing the exit of the breakwater, 
and we'll be heading 
under the Juneau-Douglas Bridge...

A view of Downtown Juneau from Gastineau Channel 
after passing under the Juneau-Douglas Bridge...

A view of South Douglas Island...

Sealaska Corporation and Merchant's Wharf 
buildings along the downtown waterfront...

The State of Alaska and United States Coast Guard 
buildings along the downtown waterfront...

The infamous 
Federal Building...

We're on-step now ~ here is a view of the
Juneau-Douglas Bridge...

US Coast Guard cutter 
docked downtown...

South Douglas off of Gastineau Channel...

South Douglas still...and this is when the rain
really started pouring...
Captain Max at the helm ~ 
Yep, he's got the F/V Chelsey on auto-pilot, 
and he keeps the boat on course via pressing buttons left/right 
vs the captain's wheel ~ 

Avalanche area above Thane Road...

An avalance area that cut off access 
to Thane not too long ago...

Sandy Beach in South Douglas...

A close-up of a major avalance area 
above Thane Road...

Sandy Beach pavillions, 
and people recreating along the shoreline...

The Douglas Harbor entrance off of Gastineau Channel,
which is on the opposite side of this Mayflower Island...

The fairly new Treadwell Ice Arena at Savikko Park, 
just prior to Sandy Beach...

A spectacular waterfall above Thane Road...


Just below Thane Road 
along the shoreline...

Black sea ducks called Scoters 
were in abundance today...

A sandy cove area 
in South Douglas...

Further down Thane Road in Juneau 
is where you'll come across Sheep Creek 
and this beautiful sandy beach...

We happened upon this scene 
just past Thane where numerous Scoters 
landed and were feeding...

Kind of looks like some type of 
small upland caves...

Nearing the time when we started veering 
around to the right to enter the backside of  Douglas Island...

With all the crazy, albiet typical, Juneau weather 
we experienced, we were lucky to be gifted 
with a beautiful rainbow...

We've rounded the turn 
and are cruising towards Auke Bay...

The beautiful Southeast Alaska scenery 
never ceases to amaze me
Even on cloudy days...

The sun
was trying to appear...

Yep...Here comes the rain...

And...There goes the sun...

Well, there was also a bit of snow in the forecast
later in the afternoon (and we got it ;)...

Seagulls simply thrive in this inclement
Southeast Alaska weather...

A small cove before we started to head into
Statter Harbor in Auke Bay...

Now, this scene 
was simply breathtaking...

Yum...the moose burgers 
were just about finished cooking...

We were done eating lunch, 
so we all kicked back and enjoyed the boat ride 
and scenery while listening to mellow 70's music...

A fairly large mudslide 
on the backside of Douglas Island...

We're nearing Statter Harbor in Auke Bay...
time to start packing up...
What a wonderful time with great company!

We drove my vehicle from Auke Bay to Harris Harbor 
to drop Max off to get his pickup downtown, 
and this is how he passes off the pup Chelsey to me 
while she was still sporting her life vest;  
he said, "It's just like carrying a suitcase!" 
~ Chelsey was appropriately named after our boat - 
she's in heaven and
right-at-home while aboard the F/V Chelsey cruising
with Dad, Mom, and Grandpa Ralph!

1 comment:

  1. The hubby left early this morning, and he called just before lunchtime saying he's making good time aboard the F/V Chelsey cruising to his fishing grounds!

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