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Our Journey on Scolamanzi II
Our Journey on Scolamanzi II

Departing Seward for Kenai Peninsula :

10th July:

We were up before 5am to be at the fuel dock at 6am to fill up. We had to depart Resurrection Bay on the outgoing tide. With little wind and only a few clouds, it made for a perfect cruising day. The shear rocky coastline was nothing short of spectacular. The rock formations and mountains were very different to what we have seen up till now.

On our way we were overtaken by more than 100 hundred charter fishing boats big and small. They take fishermen out for the day to fish for salmon, halibut and cod. I was surprised that they were not scattered all over the place. Quite a number of them were bunched up in one small area. These fishing grounds are hugely productive and the word must have gone around that the salmon is running in that area.

 

We rounded Aialik Cape and headed up Aialik Fiord through the moraine to drop anchor in the stunning Abra Cove. It was breathtakingly beautiful and looked even more stunning in these perfect conditions with a great view of the glacier on the one side and searing cliffs with waterfalls just behind us. We agreed that this was the most beautiful anchorage to date. Abra Cove will carry the trophy until further notice.

After lunch we took the tender to cover the 4 Nm to the face of Aialik glacier. We spent more than an hour drifting around with the icebergs and saw more amazing calvings. Upon our return to Abra Cove, the small lake at the back of the cove had filled with the tide. Behind it were huge polished cliffs with about 8 waterfalls cascading down into the lake. On one side were the remains of small avalanches that have tumbled down the mountain during the winter. They were low enough for me to scramble up the rocks to touch the remaining ice sheets.

We met up with 3 intrepid kayakers that shared the cove with us for the night, camping ashore. We had our routine sundowner drinks on the fly bridge and were amazed/amused to see one of the girls sunbathing in a bikini at 8 o’clock at night. We will hopefully acclimatise to that extend before the end of our cruising season in Alaska.

In windless conditions we managed to get some fantastic drone footage of the boat and this lovely bay.

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