June 23, Friday
Our focus this morning was getting back on the ferry and cruising to Juneau. The ferry didn’t leave until 2:30 p.m., so we had all the time in the world to get ready. Our wifi had pooped out at the Sportsman’s, so we made a quick dash into the library in Sitka to publish yesterday’s blog. When we got back everyone in the lot was preparing for a mass exodus to the ferry, and we realized that we were all heading for the same RV park in Juneau! That’s how ferry travel is – you seem to fall in with a group that is on the same schedule you are, and stick with them till the end!
Our ferry, the Fairweather, was a high-speed passenger/vehicle catamaran that cruised 40MPH. The pilot negotiated the channels at high speed with twists and turns that were noteworthy! The ship itself was a nice layout of small, outdoor, solarium, and large indoor viewing area with reclining seats, and dining area. Tom, headed for the deck – camera in hand. I took a window-seat in the recliner lounge and settled in for the 5 hour trip.
We docked at 7:30 and left the ferry in a caravan and drove the 4 miles to the Spruce Meadows RV Park. Our first impression was that we finally had a “real” campground – loop roads . . . trees . . . grass . . . picnic tables . . . a nice place to sit outside and enjoy nature! Our second thought: “There really are BIG mosquitoes in Alaska!” We walked Charlie around the campground, greeting all our allies from the ferry, and dodging mosquitoes. We discovered another 23FB Airstream, and made a note to go back for a meet & greet. By 10:00 we took cover in the Silvermine for the night and started formulating a plan for the next day.
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