June 13, Tuesday
We had plenty of time to make egg sandwiches for breakfast, before packing up and leaving our little perch overlooking the ocean. We got in line for the ferry at 9:45, and just as we got there, I received a text from Dave and Gail that they were arriving on the ferry and could see us in the parking lot! Of course, we knew all along we would be in Alaska at roughly the same time on points that might intersect – but it sure seemed like a perfect rendezvous. I got pictures of them as they got off, and we had a 30-minute pow-wow in the parking lot to compare trip notes so far! Then they were on their way to the Clover Bay RV Resort where they took over the campsite that we had vacated an hour before.
By 11:45 the loading process began, and there were not nearly as many rigs getting on the ferry at this mid-point stop in the inter-coastal waterway. It was the same ship we had arrived in, so we knew the floor plan, and made a beeline for the outdoor (sheltered and heated) solarium at the top and back of the ship. This is not as popular a spot as the front indoor viewing solarium or the recliner lounge, but we loved being out on the open deck with the option of moving under the covered portion that had infra-red heaters radiating down from the ceiling.
We had a 5-hour pleasant cruise of about 85 miles. On the ferry we met people we have been traveling and camping with along the way – as well as new people that were headed for our destination for the next 4 days. It might as well be a caravan/rally!
In Wrangell we drove to our Shoemaker City Park Campground just four miles outside of Wrangle. One section of the campground is primitive, but our section of 11 campsites has electricity. Except that one of the big motor-homes arriving when we did cut too sharp and took out the electric connection box! The good news is that the city was out and fixed it within an hour!
So, tonight is just a settling in night with a little extra time to plan for a big cruise and glacier experience tomorrow.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown