Thirty-Four, a magical number for the crew of s/v Bluewater, arbitrary and incredibly important, the countdown to the launch of Bluewater stands at 34 days. As the darkness of the Alaskan winter starts to fade into the bright light of the far north’s endless days of summer, we are ticking away at the tasks that […]
A picture is worth a thousand words. Last year is gone. There is only the future. Past successes and failures are meaningless, they only weigh us down. We take only what we should, forging into the unknown with only our wits and dreams. In an instant the silence is washed away and story begins to […]
…the experience was so big, so damn big, that even now, 6 months later, I find it difficult to bring it into focus. Alaska itself, immense, unforgiving, and yet nourishing in its ability to sustain life with an abundance of fish, berries, mussels, clams, and shrimp, seemed to me like the Old Testament deity …
We have officially arrived in Homer! The summer was amazing. We spent three weeks this spring working on Bluewater. We removed her ceiling liner and insulation to paint the underside of the cabin with a mixture of super-toxic 2-part epoxy paint and microbeads. The microbeads are super-tiny hollow glass spheres that add just enough R-value […]
After a brief stop in Seward, having filled up on bananas, Cheetos and ice cream we are headed west into Kenai Fjords National Park and beyond. We will be traveling through places with names like Aialik Bay, Taz Basin, Northwestern Fjord, Thunder Bay, on to Gore Point and in to Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay […]
Introducing a new and regular feature here at Adventure Freaks, every week we will add a new post for your pleasure: The Tuesday Tease. It may be big; it may be small. It may be heart stopping, terrifying and eye-popping. It may subtle, unique and mysterious. The Tuesday Tease will fill gaps from the past year and keep you posted about current happenings on Bluewater.
We have just arrived in Seward, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula and are getting ready to head into Kenai Fjords National Park. There are a thousand new stories to tell and a thousand new ideas to share. While we resupply and refuel I thought you might like to see some pictures. So check out the […]
Away. Away. Cast off the dock lines! Full steam ahead! The lines are coiled, put away snug for the summer. We are leaving Valdez, heading west. The salmon are running, Coho and Chinook. Mountains, bears and berries. Endless variations of trees and rocks. Deeper into South Central Alaska we dig. Deeper into the wilderness we […]
Here we are, finally settled in Valdez. We cruised up the Inside Passage over the summer, knowing all along we had to cross the Gulf of Alaska. We wanted to do it by summer’s end. That didn’t happen, not even close. When Labor Day passed and we were still in British Columbia, Canada–not even to Alaska yet–we began doubting our ability to make it to Valdez before weather closed the door on the Gulf.
An Update: The log is woefully behind, know that as we sit here on the edge of the world we are trying our best to catch up. We are in Elfin Cove, at the very top of the Inside Passage. Again we find we are the only boat on the dock. For the past few […]