Prince William Sound

Prince William departure

We were looking forward to some sheltered sailing – smaller waves, less wind, hopefully an area with many quiet anchorages. Prince William Sound seemed to have promise according to everything we had read. After an easy coastwise hop across the bottom of the Kenai Peninsula, we turned left and entered the fabled sound arriving at the end of July in time to enjoy some summer.

First views of PW Sound

Sunny PW Sound

We could see right away that our research materials had not lied to us, the mountains and islands were as beautiful in real life as the pictures in the books. The water was calm, and the chart showed multiple anchorages within a few miles. Otters frolicked around Irene like impossibly cute Disney characters.

Otter study II

Early in our exploration, we stopped at the native village Chenega, relocated after the 1964 earthquake and tsunami wiped out the original town.

Chenega Harbor

Chenega church

It began to rain. It rained pretty much every day for our entire exploration of the Sound. The awesome beauty of mountains meeting the sea was replaced by the subtler beauty of rain and mist.

Rainy days

misty hills

Clouds hiding the view and filling the streams

At one secluded anchorage during some especially heavy rain, we heard outboards idling nearby. Peeking out the ports we realized that we were part of some sort of tourist activity – a couple of inflatables packed with red coated passengers circled us, then jetted off to further attractions.

PW Sound tourists

PW Sound tourists II

It seemed like there was always a small glacier in sight at each cove we stopped in.

Bettles Bay Lagoon glaciers

We enjoyed going ashore to pick berries and hike the soft mossy ground of the muskeg.

Irene Bettles Bay Lagoon

G n P hike

Bettles Muskeg

G contemplating BERRIES

Berry picking Bettles bug shirt

Bettles low berries

tranquil Bettles lagoon

We made our way north to see if we could get up to the snout of one of the saltwater glaciers in the sound. We motored past floating ice far up a fiord.

Irene Harriman Fiord

Just as Ginger rowed out to collect some ice for a future happy hour, Surprise Glacier calved with a crash. We spent a few anxious moments wait for the waves to arrive, not knowing quite what to expect. No problem, no breaking waves, just gentle undulations.

Roaring Glacer

Rowing Roaring Glacier

Roaring Glacier retreat

We motored off with dinghy in tow,

Harriman Fiord

that evening’s happy hour to be enjoyed with ancient ice, shrimp and pastry full of tasty hand picked berries. Prince William Sound was being very kind to us!

Roaring Glacier rum

PW Sound prawns

Bettles berry galette

Feeling the need for some fresh veggies, we made our way to Cordova.

Cordova harbor

Cordova harbor at night

Cordova Polar Bear

Cordova jetty

After a few days in town, we headed back out to sea. The sun came out. The sun we had not seen since the first day we arrived…….

Prince William sunny depart

6 thoughts on “Prince William Sound

  1. Enjoying your posts…Ginger I like the hat you have on, Angela should use the picture of your two in her brochure! Stay safe, good sailing to you. Peter, did you receive the picture(s) I sent, to your cell, of you packing Irene?

  2. Fabulous photos and story, as usual. Love the collection of Happy Hour ice. Those shrimp look lobster sized!! Pretty sure we will be getting a bit of that wet weather over the next few days. *sigh* Makes me feel like I’m right there with you. 🙂
    Love and hugs!! E

  3. Peter and Ginger-
    Glad you’re seeing PWS, and had time along the chain and Alaska Peninsula. Shrimp, berries, and bergy bits is about as good as it gets. let me know where you head for the winter. I’m in the throes of outfitting and rig mod now.
    Terra Nova

    1. What a beautiful posting. I am so glad you are “getting” so much of the unique nature around you and doing it with such grace and imagination. We talk of you daily and send you our love and thanks for sharing your experience.
      Ted and Anne

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