After his brief rest and recuperation on Vancouver Island (see Part One), Platy thoroughly enjoyed his overnight passage to Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands. The conditions weren’t actually that much better than his passage from Juan de Fuca strait, but he was in such a much better frame of mind and didn’t feel seasick once!
He didn’t get to see much of Haida Gwaii because Celeste’s people, Seth and Ellen, only spent one night there, riding out a gale, before continuing on to Ketchikan, Alaska on July 6. He found the town a bit too busy for his taste, but Seth and Ellen obviously appreciated the marina’s proximity to the various amenities. Soon they were ready to go and Platy loved the fast beat up Clarence Strait. He even got to see his first humpback whales, spouting lazily in the midnight sun.
After a few beautiful sunny days on Prince of Wales Island, it was time to head through Wrangell Narrows. Platy was excited to have a front row seat of this beautiful corridor between Mitkof Island and Kupreanof Island. Ellen and Seth had carefully timed their transit for slack tide, so there were no problems motoring along with Celeste’s newly installed Yanmar running at 2000rpms.
Platy especially loved his first glimpse of the huge mountains on the Alaskan mainland behind Petersburg and was excited to get closer to them as Celeste kept voyaging north.