Week 3: Ferry from Bellingham to Haines

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The three day ferry trip to Alaska was very relaxing. Day one was cloudy and rainy, so we could not see much, but days two and three were glorious. Along the way we stopped at Ketchikan, Wrangle, Petersburg and Juneau to let folks on/off before arriving in Haines. The ferry is quite comfortable in that government service sort of way. We had a two person cabin with a bunk bed, but the upper deck of the ferry was covered in tents for those wanting to save some money.

In Haines we stayed at the Oceanside RV park with fantastic views, and right next to several restaurants and bars. I was able to Kayak right from the RV park, while Christine did a 4×4 tour. There were humpback whales and bald eagles everywhere. A whale breached only about 100 yards from me while I was kayaking, which is pretty scary when you are in 45 degree water.

Unfortunately the famous Haines Hammer museum was closed while we where there, and we were a couple weeks too early to see the salmon spawning on the Chilkoot river. But we really liked Haines, and would come here again.

We also did a tasting of the spirits made by the Port Chilkoot Distillery. I recommend their gin and bourbon.

A full set of photos for week 3 is here.

Our Ferry: the MV Matanuska
View from the ferry
Camp spot in Haines

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