This morning I decided to stay a couple of extra days in Wrangell. It’s a friendly little place so it’s no chore to linger a while longer. I also want to get a couple of stainless bits made up for the boat for an autopilot modification I want to try out. The handy engineer guy here is very good, I don’t expect to get better elsewhere so it makes sense to get the job done here.
Today in have been trying my hand at fairing in the shaft strut using epoxy filler. I am not the most skilful in this sector, the result so far looks very amateurish. I am hoping that by tomorrow the filler will have set rock hard to allow me to sand it into a fairer hydrodynamic shape.
This afternoon I managed to get some fresh lemon from a lady selling organic produce. Part of it is now floating around in a rum and coke – got to get vitamins somehow.
I went for a walk around town, literally around the outside of the town. People kept stopping their trucks asking if I wanted a lift. I have noticed that people don’t tend to walk to places in Alaska. Some of the houses here have well-kept gardens, you don’t see much of that in Alaska, at least not the parts I have been to.
I am scheduling to launch Truce back into the water on Wednesday morning. The plan is then to resume the voyage southward down the inside passage and stop off at Anan Creak to see bears catching and feeding on Salmon. One of the guys here told me there are so many salmon running up the stream that both Brown and Black bears come to fish at the same place.
Anan Bears here I come.