Slow day at sea…cruising the inside passage…I will let the photos tell the story.
Alaska’s Inside passage is a labrynth of islands and waterways that form a coastal path for a variety of water vessels to travel. The route extends from the state of Washington, along Canadian shores and into the state of Alaska. These combinations of water and land create a haven for wildlife and a bounty of nature’s beauty for the rest of us.
As an avid reader, I seek books that tell stories about the destinations that I want to see. Perhaps it is the other way around, that through my reading, the destination finds me. Who Knows? Reading, however, is crucial to our immersion experiences and are the core of the travel experience. Before heading to Alaska, I read the James Michener novel “Alaska” for a broad understanding of the history and culture of the region. We also watched the movie “Into the Wild” that tells the story of Christopher McCandless’ life in the wilderness of Alaska with few resources for survival.
A book that I want to read is “Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings”. This is the story of Jonathan Raban and his journey in a 35-foot sailboat from Seattle to Juneau, through these very waters of the inside passage. As a parallel journey, Captain George Vancouver made his mark on history in his coastal voyages and mapping of the region during the 1790’s, which is memorialized in the book “Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver” by Stephen R. Brown. The historical perspective is interesting to me, although the MIchener book included a lot of history in the fictional story of the region.
And once again, the list of books I want to read grows longer…