June 16, Friday
When we woke up this morning we were thrilled to see patches of blue sky and sun! True to our word, we rigged up and headed for the Rainbow falls trail (just down the road from our campsite.)
In the short drive we saw another welcoming sight – a rainbow!
The start of the trail was evident, and the trail was marked along the way with mile-markers and informational pointers that coordinated with a guide book. So far, so good. . . the trail was deeply wooded and scenic. Charlie Button was ready for a big hike!
There were a few steps built into the mountain-side, but at first they were minimal. Then we hit a series of serious non-ending steps! Later we read there were 580 of them! I would have thought . . . .thousands!
The hike was lovely, but the never-ending steps were relentless! In 55 degree temperature I got overheated and sweat was pouring off me! There was also something about the board-walk style steps, covered in wire for traction, that was a bit disconcerting. We both realized we should have brought our hiking poles. On the way back down the steps were equally as intimidating! All for all, it was a beautiful hike -- another tribute to the great Alaskan Rainforest.
After lunch we went on a quest into town to find some sort of fresh fish to cook for our supper. The reality is that there is NO FRESH FISH FOR SALE in any of these island towns! Crab day opened yesterday, and we thought a stroll on the dock would yield us some fresh crab. NOPE! All of the catch that comes off the boats goes directly to the local cannery. We even went down to the local cannery and tried to buy some. Staring at large bins of fresh crab by the thousands, we were told: "Nope! We don't operate like that!"
Tomorrow morning, early, we get on the ferry and head for Sitka!
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