Mile 30: Leaving Seattle Mile 125 – Leaving Vancouver Mile 195E – Desolation Sound Mile 208 – Young Man Goes North Mile 212 E – Yuculta Rapids Mile 270 – Native Culture Mile 310 – God’s Pocket Mile 375 – Namu Mile 400 – Trouble in Queen Charlotte Sound Mile 455 – The Northern Canyons Mile 475 – Finding Bishop Bay Mile 610 – Fish Pirate Days Mile 695 – How Stormy Got His Name Mile 720W – Spring at Noyes Island Mile 730 – The Bush Pilot’s Tale Mile 740 – Secrets of The Old Time Gillnetters Mile 742 – Building a Home in The North Mile 745 – Thanksgiving at Port Protection Mile 870 – The Salmon Coast Mile 1010 – Into The Ice Mile 1075 – Tidal Wave at Lituya Bay Mile 1310 – Close Call at Cape St. Elias WN – In Wrangell Narrows
OUR STORY: In the spring of 2012 I chartered a floatplane from Juneau and flew down to rendezvous with Dan on his salmon gillnetter at Harbor Island, at the entrance to Tracy Arm. Dan and I traveled three hours to Fords Terror, a remote and little visited inlet, where we encountered one of the largest icebergs we’d ever seen in our many years in Alaska. Dan and I are very experienced Alaska commercial fishermen; we knew that icebergs were dangerous, could capsize without warning. And from the position the berg was in, we were sure that it was sitting on the bottom of the inlet and therefore stable.
No one told the berg; as we stood in the little 10′ inflatable, taking photos of that magnificent sight, near the berg, it split in half without warning right in the middle of the arch, which tipped forward and hit the water just behind our little boat: a close call.
So began a series of trips to some of Alaska’s hidden places. With the tidal current sweeping us along a sheer rock wall, Dan set up his camera in the bow of his little inflatible boat and filmed the dramatic sequence seen in Introduction, below.
On we went, into Fords Terror, Endicott Arm, Le Conte Bay, the old abandoned settlement at Cape Fanshaw, Dan’s cabin at roadless Beecher Pass. To capture stories – to share with travelers to Alaska, some of the drama and beauty of this giant state that they might otherwise miss.
Look for these video icons on our maps. They indicate places where Dan and Joe created mini-donumentaries.