Author Archives: Laysan

No matter where you go, there you are.

  Our family of five had not all experienced the joys (and confines) of Laysan since July of 2012, eight years ago…we were smaller people then. The plan to convene in Alaska was envisioned well before the covid disaster raised … Continue reading

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You can hide, but you can’t run

Cruising in the time of Covid19 After much consternation, and not a small amount of guilt about traveling in a pandemic world, we rationalized that our other home, Laysan, needed us as much much as we needed her. (Rationalization is … Continue reading

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Variante! The Final March into Chamonix!

TMB Day 11 7 hours 13 km (8 miles) Total ascent 973 meters (3210 feet) Total descent (well, read on…) After a restful night in a private “chambre” at the Hotel du Col de la Forclaz, another delicious breakfast of … Continue reading

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The Bovine Way

On day 9 of our Tour du Mont Blanc, I look forward to our next couple of days, called “the Bovine Route”. I picture bucolic pastures, frolicking cows, and a Heidi-esque stroll through the Swiss Alps. Alas, it is not … Continue reading

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The long and the short

Refugio Bonatti, Gite de Alpage de la Peule, La Fouly TMB 7&8 16 km & 8 km Ascent/Descent: 988/945m & 32/507m The wonderful Refugio Bonatti behind us, with visions of the great alpinist himself still dancing in Kathleens mind, we … Continue reading

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Hike On, No Bus for Alpinistas.

The bus option is always alluring, yet ultimately the desire to complete a through hike prevails and we hike on. High above the bus option. However, not before we spend two nights and a day lounging around the Villa NoveCentro … Continue reading

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Cabane du Combal to Courmayeur

TMB day 5 15 km (9.3 miles), Total ascent 570 meters(1881 feet), total descent 1315 meters (4340 feet) 9 hours Dawn revealed a clear sky, cool with frost on the ground, and we departed the Refuge after morning coffee and … Continue reading

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Crossing the Alps in a Snowstorm.

Departing Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme, after a “restful” night’s sleep with 30 other snoring hikers followed by a breakfast of porridge and bread, we head out for our day. The morning clouds obscure the views and the trail. … Continue reading

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Les Contamines to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme

TMB day 2 14 km, 1500 meters elevation gain, 8 hours It all started as a wonderful walk in the park along a tumbling stream. Then a 2000 year old Roman road began climbing alongside the waterfalls and we were … Continue reading

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A Walk…Around the Highest Mountain in Europe!

The contrast between the small Norwegian town of Petersburg , Alaska and Chamonix, France…well, it is not as great as you might imagine. We have landed in the French alps and glaciers hang high in the valleys, a lot like … Continue reading

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Gear Head 2019

Gear Head 2019 And so, the Inside Passage to Alaska is complete, and Laysan rests quietly in Petersburg waiting for next year. Our trip was very successful, covering almost 2000 miles in 4 months, with no significant delays or issues … Continue reading

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Panoply

The wildlife in Alaska is amazing, the mega fauna appear to be doing just fine in the far reaches of the north. Grizzly bears on the beach are the norm, we can watch them with binoculars from almost every anchorage. … Continue reading

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Glacier Bay

The Tlingit tribes had occupied a verdant valley here for centuries, possibly even thousands of years since the migrations across the Bering land bridge from Eurasia. Then in the mid 1700’s, the giant Grand Pacific Glacier began moving down on … Continue reading

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Meanderings to Juneau

In 1792 on the voyage of HMS Discovery, Captain George Vancouver spied the Coastal Tribes in their canoes, and was fascinated by their seemingly aimless navigation style. Aimless, at least in the eyes of a rigid (and successful) Western navigator … Continue reading

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900 Miles and 10,000 Years

The other day I met a man who said he had been here 10000 years, and I answered that I was just passing through. So are we all, his friend added. The Totems appear regularly in our travels up here. … Continue reading

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Murder Mystery on the Beach

Our first stop after rounding Cape Caution is a lovely anchorage at Pruth Bay. One of the best parts about the stop is the availability of several hiking trails developed by the BC Parks. Supposedly, Calvert Island does not have … Continue reading

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Gear Head Preparation 2019

Before the fun started, there was the haulout in April 2019. A necessary maintenance ritual for Laysan every few years is to arrange a TraveLift capable of lifting Laysan’s dainty 35 tons, and standing her in a yard for inspection, … Continue reading

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Around Cape Caution

Four weeks into our cruise and we have rounded Cape Caution, British Columbia; a new milestone and the halfway point to Alaska. Even though Laysan has crossed oceans, the warnings about Cape Caution gave us pause. This is the section … Continue reading

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On Hurricane Watch…2705 Miles Away

Ensconced in the anchorage of Prideaux Haven, British Columbia, John and I watch anxiously as the hurricane creeps ever closer, ever closer…to Hawaii. Our summer northwest cruises are always safe from the vagaries of hurricanes but our home in Hawaii … Continue reading

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Angst and Adrift in the Haro Strait

After realizing the last couple of months have transpired in a near stream of consciousness sequence of rv camping across the great Southwest, cleaning and renovating the old family place, flying the 1965 Piper Cherokee, and visiting with family and … Continue reading

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