Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Headed to Alaska - the Ferry to Haines

What a whirlwind the last few months have been! I have taken a new job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Homer Alaska and my life has been busy with preparing to head north and start working. Clare and I loaded my little Toyota truck and left Portland on Friday the 13th, headed for the Alaska State ferry terminal in Bellingham. We hopped on the ferry Columbia for a three day sail to Haines.

The trip was really nice! We had a big stateroom (with little, tiny beds) that fortunately had a big window for watching the scenery roll by. The ferry has a lot of places on board to hang out and read a book, and we took full advantage of the down time.

The ferry route follows the inside passage through British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. There are a bunch of little towns and lighthouse stations along the route that seemed very peaceful in their isolation.

As we got closer to Haines, Alaska the scenery got more dramatic! The peaks around Haines are steep and appear even more dramatic because they rise up right from the water.

After three days of cruising we were excited to get off the ferry and continue the journey to Homer.