Many of you have been following the build of our new Glacier Craft and know that I have been a bit anxious, to say the least, to spash "Patience". Well, I took a little drive down to Whittier on Thursday to scope out the launch and purchase my season launch pass at the very least. I discovered that it was still winter there. I talked with one of the locals and he said that they had received about 350" over the winter. I mentioned that it looked like most of it was still hanging around. He just nodded, took a drag off his hand rolled cigarette, and smiled.
I headed over to the launch and discovered that it was about 80% free of ice and the entire area was covered in sand. This is doable for Saturday. Well the forecast for Saturday was high winds, 5 footers, and freezing spray in Passage Canal. I am not really in to the whole freezing spray thing, so I postponed the big launch until Sunday. We pulled into Whittier at about 10:45 am and the launch had really cleared up over the past few days. I was a bit apprehensive about having old Patience taking me for a walk down the ramp so I had a friend help me out. I figured two diesels are better than one.
Here is the set up:
On the way down:
So close that I can taste it:
Missed the rebar