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Oregon, Washington, and Alaska -- July-August 2013
Part 2: Alaska Ferry and Chenega Bay
Alaska -- July-August 2013

Chenega BayKate and Liz working on a hummingbird

Part 2: Alaska Ferry to Chenega Bay and back. Trip Map.

On July 6, we boarded the good ship M.V. Kennicott, one of the "open water" ferries that is the Alaska Marine Highway, and settled into six days of standing on the bow watching birds all day, eating a bit, and sleeping in a room-ette (a broom closet would be larger).

The ferry deposited us in a small fishing village on an island in Prince William Sound only accessible by water and air. We spent a delightful 4 days with old friends hiking about the island, banding about 50 Rufous Hummingbirds, and putting a roof on the barn. When the Kennicott came back through heading south, it took us with her.

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MV Kennicott at dock in Bellingham, WA
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Walking onto the ferry
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Departing Bellingham
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Mt. Baker, Washington, fading into the distance
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Home Sweet Home: roomette
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What you see is what we got!
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First sunset
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Stormy morning
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Sunny midday
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Cloudy afternoon
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Sunny late-afternoon
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Second sunset
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Rainy morning in Ketchikan
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Main road in Ketchikan
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Airport
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Returning to the ferry in the rain
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Liz knits in the warm indoors
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Jim and Jos birding under difficult conditions (cold, wind, rain)
Jim and Jos relaxing in the sun
Jim birding under difficult conditions (cold, wind, rain)
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Third sunset
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Breakfast in the galley
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Arriving at Juneau Ferry docks
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Juneau
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Walking along highway in Juneau
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Birding from the side of the ship
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Exiting the Inland Passage; standing waves in the current
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Peaks and glaciers
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Ferry schedule
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Fourth sunset
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Early morning arrival at Yakutat
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Fish cooler Yakutat
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Ferry in port at Yakutat
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Yakutat beach
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Sailing into a storm in the Gulf of Alaska
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Skies clearing in the Gulf of Alaska
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Jim and Jos relaxing in the sun
Jim and Jos birding under difficult conditions (cold, wind, rain)
Liz and Jim on the bow at sunset
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Fifth sunset
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Whittier Channel at sunrise
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Arriving in Whittier at sunrise
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Welcome ashore
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Jim at Whittier small boat harbor
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At $4.624/gal, the gas is surprisingly inexpensive
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Liz at Portage Glacier River
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Departing Whittier
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Black-legged Kittiwake breeding colony - thousands of nest on cliff
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Kittiwake breeding colony (each white dot is a bird on a nest)
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Exiting the Whittier Channel into Prince William Sound
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One of several glaciers
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Snowy mountains bordering Prince William Sound
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Abandon-ship drill
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If they were getting ready to abandon ship, I was too!
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Liz on deck
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Islands backed by rock and ice
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Arriving in Chenega Bay
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Ferry Dock in Chenega Bay
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Kate, the "Jelly Lady," and Andy welcome us to Chenega Bay
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Pixel gives Liz a special welcome to Chenega Bay!
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Kate sets up a hummingbird trap
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Hummingbird trap
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Kate gets Rufous Hummingbird out of trap
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Not-very-happy Rufous Hummingbird
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Hawkin get a lesson in banding hummingbirds
Snowy mountains surrounding Prince William Sound
Liz helps Kate by recording hummingbird data
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Numbered leg band
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Go free pretty girl!
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Hiking across the island
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Tarn in the muskeg (wetland on a hillside)
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Jim and Liz with Moose, the bear-guard hunting dog
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We hiked down to the other side of the island
Hiking across the island
Walking on the foggy shore
Hiking across the island
Salmon in the stream
Hiking across the island
Andy, Captain of his ship
Hiking across the island
Out in Andy's boat
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Hiking across the island
Andy catches a big Ling Cod
Hiking across the island
Left-over lunch (ling cod)
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Going for a walk in the wood
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Moose always had a throwing stick
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Following a bear trail into the deep, dark woods
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Things grow big up here!
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Departing Chenega Bay
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Evans Island and the route of our hike to the other side
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Andy reading with Hawkin on the ferry
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Andy and Hawkin drive off the ferry at Whittier
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Birding on the bow
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Dramamine is always available
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Life ring
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Sunset
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Moon-set
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About 3 AM: northern lights?
Birding on the bow
Sailing through Canadian waters
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End of the ride: docking in Bellingham

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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