Southeast Alaska Day 1 – Departure

June 29, 2012

Strait of Georgia over bow of MV Columbia
The sun sets over the bow of the Alaska Marine Highway vessel MV Columbia while sailing through the Strait of Georgia.  (Sony NEX-7, Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 II)

 

Today we set sail on our Southeast Alaska adventure.  My wife Sheila, seven-year old daughter Linnea and I boarded the MV Columbia in Bellingham, Washington and are now sailing northwest just off the east coast of Vancouver Island.  Steaming along at about 20 miles per hour, it takes 36 hours spanning two nights to our first stop:  Ketchikan, Alaska.

With a seven-year old who needs her sleep, we opted for a cabin with four bunk-style beds.  “Can I sleep on the top bunk” were Linnea’s first words on hearing the news.

The waters are calm, though full of silt from the Fraser River.  Rain-laden clouds loom ahead, though there is just enough of a gap between them to give us a lovely sunset.

Continue to Day 2 – Cruising British Columbia’s Inside Passage

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