This summer Dana cruised the inside passage to Alaska. The following are excerpts from his captains log.
Log Entry 6-26-2016
This morning begins day ten of our cruise up the north pacific coast with a destination being SE Alaska. We are currently within the Broughton Archipelago staying at Pierre’s Echo Bay Lodge and Marina. The amazing thing about this place is the effort of one man to construct and maintain such an elaborate facility in the remoteness of these islands. It is a dramatic testament of what a man can create by pursuing a dream with relentless labor.
Last evening we walked up the hill from the landing to discover a fire pit surrounded by swinging benches overlooking the bay with mountains in the distance and sang along with violin and guitar musicians, enjoying the presence of strangers into the waning night. The highlight of this place however was hiking the trail through the woods to visit Billy Proctor, a legendary man who has lived off the forest and sea in these parts for nearly 80 years.
The evening before last we enjoyed a pot luck dinner at Kwatsi Bay, a more rustic dock nestled into a small cove built by Max a former school teacher 20 years prior. One has to wonder if the next generation will possess such spirited entrepreneurs willing to etch out a living and raise families in such minimalist style. Considering the degree of peace and absolute contentment these individuals express I would have to assume other like individuals will follow suit, seeking nirvana in these dark wet forests.