A little over 30 miles North of Ketchikan lies a well protected cove with a tight entrance: Meyer's Chuck. There is a very nice public dock at the head of the cove, and not surprisingly we found it full of summer cruisers when we arrived late afternoon.
We tend to prefer anchoring further out anyway, where we can enjoy more privacy and can run our generator when we want (within reason of course) without being afraid we'll disturb anyone.
Once again we saw our Salpare friends "Cascadia" on a similar trip. They too had chosen to anchor in the deeper waters.
The public dock makes getting ashore easy, and there are even a few very well maintained trails ashore to go and explore the island. Needless to say Princess was in paradise, and Di and I were happy to get good exercise at the same time.
Meyer's Chuck is tiny but has a lot of charm. The people we met were very friendly. They must feel swamped by cruisers in the summer considering that in the winter they only have 21 full time inhabitants.
At every corner there is a quirky detail or decoration, imprinting extra character to the place.
By morning the dock had emptied, so we decided to raise anchor and transfer over to the dock.
We had our quarterly phone call with our financial adviser setup end of morning, so we figured being at the dock would allow us to quickly take Princess ashore for a last walk before pushing off for a longer leg in the afternoon.
We didn't have time to enjoy the local specialty: Freshly cooked cookies or cinnamon muffins delivered to your boat in the morning when ordered the previous afternoon.
We made a note of the number though, so may very well treat ourselves on the way back down.
We got our adviser on the phone, and thanks to Starlink even opened up a Webex video call at the end. It's incredible to think that we were in a faraway place with poor cell coverage, yet enjoyed fast internet speeds. Once our financial adviser confirmed that the stock and bond markets had indeed performed very poorly in the first half of the year, we set off to continue the climb up North towards the glaciers.
I wanted to check on something first though: A friend and fellow N40 owner had recommended we stopped at Anan Bear Observatory. Being in high salmon and tourist season, visitors are limited to only 60 a day, including guided tours, so there are very few open spots for individuals.
Again using technology I was able to get an open reservation for the next day for Di, so jumped on the chance.
I formulated a plan: Sleep at Exchange Bay, only 6 miles away from Anan then get there the next morning to get Di to the beach using our tender.
Anan Bay is very deep and offers very poor anchorage, so guides recommend someone stays on board at all times to check on the boat and anchor.
Additionally dogs are not allowed in the park, so it made complete sense for me to stay on board to take care of Enfin and Princess while Di would go ashore and be eaten by bears.
Correction: watch bears eat salmons fresh off the river.