Fishing was not the focus of this trip, but enjoying a weekend on the water as a family sure was. Flat seas and blue skies were on the forecast. We had a steady 20 knot wind blowing out of the port of Whittier last Saturday morning. If it is blowing out, you head out and if it is blowing in, stay in. Generally speaking, the seas will lay down.
We rounded the corner of the break water and pushed the throttles forward. We had a three to four foot following sea. We made it around Decision Point and could see flat water ahead. My son told me to push the throttles forward. What is a dad to do? We are clipping along at 40 and the seas are laying down and the water ahead is glass. As we round the corner into the bay we plan on exploring for the weekend the coast guard makes an "all call" for a 16 foot zodiac in need of assistance in our area.
I respond to the call and got the coordinates from the CG and motor to the area to see how we can help. Their motor had seized and they were looking to hitch a ride back to Whittier. I told them that we could take them back, but not until the next afternoon. That worked for them. They had plenty of food and were staying in a forest service cabin, so shelter was not an issue. We told them that we would be back the next afternoon and proceeded to the anchorage for the rest of the weekend.
We set the hook and kicked back to enjoy hard earned sun. (We had a record breaking 31 straight days of rain this summer.) After grilling some dead cow we decided to take the tender to shore for an evening hike. On the way to shore we found a two foot by three foot chunk of whale blubber on the rocks. I have seen dead whales on the beach before, but never a small chunk like this:
This is about as good as it gets out there: