Alaska

5/21: Cascade Creek & Patterson Lake

21May-9

The crew pulled anchor late last night, and we cruised overnight to our new destination – Cascade Creek Anchorage.  From here, it’s possible to take a 5 mile hike to Patterson Lake.  It’s now Tuesday, May 21st, and our first week of cruising is almost half over. This was a very relaxing day – the scenery was not quite as impressive as the previous day, but nothing to complain about.

I was once again up before 5am. When I looked outside, I saw another boat:

What's this? Another boat at our private anchorage? It turned out this is the Safari Quest, another Un-Cruise ship, and crew were here to hike to Patterson Lake and do maintenance on kayaks stored over the winter.

What’s this? Another boat at our private anchorage? It turned out this is the Safari Quest, another Un-Cruise ship, and crew were here to hike to Patterson Lake and do maintenance on kayaks stored over the winter.

It was another beautiful morning – all the sunshine you could ask for.  We only had one event scheduled – a Skiff Tour.  This was going to be a nice day to relax and catch up on some sleep.

I took some more early morning photos before heading to the lounge for coffee

The early risers club gathers in the lounge for coffee

The early risers club gathers in the lounge for coffee

The forward part of the lounge - the ship wasn't fancy, but it was very comfortable - just right!

The forward part of the lounge – the ship wasn’t fancy, but it was very comfortable – just right!

The bar - passengers ran a tab throughout the week, and paid up on Friday evening.

The bar – passengers ran a tab throughout the week, and paid up on Friday evening.

This little bird was waiting for me when I went back to the cabin to check on Lou – still sound asleep!  How did he do it?

21May-6

After breakfast, we watched one of the hiking groups getting a ride in the skiff to their starting point.

21May-8

The Skiff Tours were our favorite activity during our first week – we will try the kayaks later in the week, and we’ll even do some of the easy hikes during weeks 2 & 3.  Captain Dano was our skiff guide again, and he tried his best to find a bear, but no luck.  He did keep us entertained with stories about the area. Today we saw several different types of birds, including harlequin ducks.

Some photos from our tour

The Safari Quest was still there when we returned from the Skiff Tour – I must have liked that boat, since I have way too many photos of it.  As you can see, still not a cloud in the sky, and jackets were certainly not needed today.

21May-7

I don’t recall if any group actually made it all the way to Patterson Lake, but I don’t think so.  Being one of the first groups out this early in the season, the hikers were often trailblazers, since the guides hadn’t had a chance to scope things out.  Being able to get close-up photos of wildflowers would have been nice.

Here are some photos from the Un-Cruise Photo Share taken on the hikes

Folks took advantage of the sunshine to lounge on the deck, and the crew even moved cocktail hour outside.  The crew on the Wilderness Discoverer always looked for ways to make our day more enjoyable, even if it meant more work for them.  They also served tasty appetizers every day at happy hour – but you better move quick if you want to get a sample.

Enjoying cocktail hour on the sundeck

Marika told us about tomorrow’s plans as we wrapped up our time on deck before dinner:

21May-20

Dinner this evening  was – I have no idea – I forgot to make a note of it, but I’m sure it was good.  It was a lazy day – just what we needed.  We didn’t get much of a sunset, so I had to help this one along in my dreams…

nightsky

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