Monday, November 24th, 2014
Wild and Magic Alaska Sunrise

Tenakee Inlet Sunrise -- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelI haven’t been posting for a while, as I have been traveling and often without access to the internet. I hope you enjoy this gorgeous sunrise above Tenakee Inlet and the Southeast Alaska community of Tenakee.

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Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Eastern Chichagof Island

Fog lingers over Seal Bay and the Moore Mountains, which are part of Eastern Chichagof Island in the Tongass National Forest, in this view from Tenakee Inlet.

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Alaska Marine Highway System

The Alaska State ferry LeConte arrives in Tenakee on its bi-weekly run from Juneau. The Alaska Marine Highway system is a critical link for communities throughout Southeast Alaska, moving people, vehicles, groceries, and everything else imaginable.

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
Upper Tenakee Inlet

The sun illuminates the tail end of a snow squall along upper Tenakee Inlet. Notice the of tangle trees that were blown down after a storm. Winter has taken a solid grip on the land in this part of eastern Chichagof Island and other areas of Southeast Alaska.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
The Island Within

When I saw this island at the entrance of Long Bay in Tenakee Inlet during our hunting trip, I thought almost immediately about Richard Nelson’s book ‘The Island Within’. One of the gifts of the book is how it offers a fresh look at how a human being can relate to his world. Nelson argues convincingly that people have the greatest sense of the land, the greatest sense of spiritual connection, when they subsist from the land on which they live. Spending again some time on the land and hunting for deer as a means of acquiring food for my family, I couldn’t agree more with him.

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Tenakee Inlet Sunset

Cold arctic air has pushed into Southeast Alaska, and we are currently experiencing unseasonably cold temperatures. This doesn’t deter Gary Hedges, Sean McKeown and I from heading up Tenakee Inlet every day in our search for deer. We are up by six and listen religiously to the weather report, sometimes several times (!), before we eat breakfast and do a few chores to get ready for the day. We usually leave the harbor before sunrise and return after sunset. Much of the day is spent scouting the beaches for deer, and sometimes we head into the old growth forest for several hours in hopes of tracking down a buck. If we hunt a deer, upon our return to the village we skin and hang it up in the meat shed before heading to the communal bathhouse to soak in the heavenly hot springs. Than it’s time for cocktail hour, dinner and we usually round up the day with a Sherlock Holmes movie. It’s a basic but very rewarding daily routine, and over the course of a week we have found a natural rhythm that is in sink with the tides, the weather, and each other.

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Friday, November 18th, 2011
Steller Sea Lions In Tenakee Inlet

Tenakee Inlet seems to teem with marine wildlife. Besides the Humpback Whales that we see regularly, Steller Sea Lions very frequently pop their heads up near the bow of our boat. This group appeared to enjoy the snow just as much as we did.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Sitka Black-tailed Deer

A Sitka black-tailed deer feeds on some alder buds along Tenakee Inlet. We have been seeing a lot of does and fawns, but very few bucks. Still, it’s been a great hunting trip so far, and we have yet a couple more days of hunting before we head back to Juneau. Aside from the camaraderie I have particularly enjoyed hunting in the old growth forests, and seeing deer up close in these ancient forests has been a real treat. It’s amazing with how much ease they move in steep, brushy terrain and jump over fallen logs. It looks like they have springs on their feet!

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Winter Has Arrived In Southeast Alaska

Winter has arrived with a bang in Southeast Alaska. Schools were closed in Juneau because of the recent snowfall, and here in Tenakee we are anticipating at least another foot of fresh snow overnight. This doesn’t prevent us from going hunting though, and Gary Hedges, Sean McKeown and I have explored a lot of gorgeous country over the past few days. Here, Gary’s 16-foot Klamath plows through slush ice in Long Bay off Tenakee Inlet.

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Humpback Whale Spouts, Tenakee Inlet

Not all Humpback Whales leave Alaska in the winter. Some stay around in waters rich with feed, as is the case in Tenakee Inlet. When it’s calm, one can hear whales breathing most of the time here! This is a long shot with the 300mm zoom looking across this inlet, but I liked the unison of the three spouts.

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