Guest Blog – Kathy & Steve Go On a Trek & a Skiff Tour

Week 1 Day 6, July 7
The day started with Steve leaving on an adventure to hike a Forest Service trail on George Island to view an old WWII cannon put there in 1942 by the Navy to protect the area. Unfortunately in the process of testing the canon with the 4th test shot a gun mount sheared and the gun jumped back several inches. The gun was out of commission for the rest of the war. Catherine, Mark, Olivia and Tori also did the same tour, but with a different guide.

Luckily Steve returned from his hike adventure in time to join Sharon, Beth & me on our afternoon skiff tour around George Island piloted by Captain Dano. This was a wonderful surprise, we had no idea Dano also piloted skiff tours.

IMG_6112 Dano Sharon Beth RS

As usual it was another sunny day in Alaska and the water was calm. We had a beautiful view of a glacier from out in the skiff.

IMG_6100 Scenery RS

One of the many curious things about nature is plants/trees growing out of rocks, everywhere you looked, you found something surprising

IMG_6108 Tree growing out of rock RS

As we puttered around the island looking at the landscape, the sky, the water, etc. we came upon a short cut through the island. It looked narrow and barely passable, but our able captain piloted us through it with no problem. I have a feeling it wasn’t the first time he’d been through there…

(Thanks, Beth, for sharing these last two photos)

Once on the other side, we had another gorgeous glacier view.

IMG_6109 Glacier scenery RS

The water was gorgeous in some areas.

IMG_6113 Scenery RS

And, oh look, the canon that Steve hiked up to see, even more visible from the water!

IMG_6119 Canon RS

There was a disturbance in the water and suddenly these little fish were everywhere.  There were also seals and some otters in the area.

IMG_6126 Little fish RS

Here’s another shortcut the Captain was considering, but the wind had picked up a bit so we didn’t try it. I think we could have made it!

IMG_6130 We could have made it RS
IMG_6131 We could have made it RS

It certainly was a memorable skiff ride!


Thank you, Kathy for sharing one of your favorite Skiff Rides.  I think we will see some more photos of this ride in a future guest blog … wink, wink.  

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