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Short Ferry Ride from Petersburg to Wrangell

Through the Wrangell Narrows, Alaska Sunday, July 29, 2007

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We don’t need to be to the ferry til 10am. So we take our time getting ready, including having my coffee outside looking at the fishing boats on the Wrangell Narrows. Then we drive to the ferry where we spend time talking to some other RVers who rode with us on the ferry to Petersburg. I also take a few pictures of the area, including a picture of a tugboat pulling a barge full of containers. Very picturesque morning.
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The Taku engineer says we need to back on the ferry again. Only this time we need to back onto a long curved ramp (with a very low flimsy guardrail, in my opinion). It takes awhile with at least 4 attempts before we can get around the curve in the ramp.
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This is by the far the longest ferry ramp in Alaska. The ferry is almost empty so we can leave the rig parked at the door and then drive right off when we get to Wrangell.
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We walk up to the top of the ferry and discuss the ferry ramp – we wonder why they couldn’t have made this ramp differently. And I thought the steep ramp at Haines was challenging :-)
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We have a short 3 hour ferry ride to Wrangell today, so we find a seat and enjoy the ride. I take one last picture of Petersburg.
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Several miles from the dock we pass the Matanuska ferry:
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Shortly after passing the ferry we pass a fishing lodge, where they have several halibut hanging. The one is over 200 pounds!
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The Wrangell Narrows is the most dangerous part of the Alaska Marine Highway. The have a watchman posted at the front of the ferry to watch for other boats and any other hazards.
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Views of Wrangell from the ferry:
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We get to Wrangell and the attendant there looks at our rig and says "I bet that was fun getting on at Petersburg". We just smile. The drive off the ferry is an easy drive off.

We check out a campground near the small boat harbor that is supposed to have a nice view. Well, there are lots of trees, so no view for the campsites we can fit in. Plus the campsites are not very level and it’s $25/night for electric only. We head back to town for the ‘parking lot’ RV park with the level sites, full hookups, and free wifi for $32/night. After setting up we head to check out downtown Wrangell. It’s Sunday, so everything’s closed.
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We look at the dock area and inquire about a tour to go see the nearby Anon Bear sanctuary. It’s $207/person! Times 3 is $621, so that’s not going to happen. On the ferry ride to Sitka we met a family of 3 from Homer, Alaska who were planning to do this; but too $$$ for us.

So we drive over to Petroglyph Beach and look for the petroglyphs. There are quite a few and a lot easier to find than at Sandy Beach near Petersburg.
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Then we drive to the end of the good road, where we see a No Trespassing sign that is quite detailed.
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Our planned last stop today is at Shaker Island to view Tlingit totems and a clan house.
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As we’re driving back to the 5ver we notice a ferry in port. So we go look to see what ferry is in port (the Columbia) and check out the gift shop that is open for the ferry. There are also several kids at the dock selling garnets. They get around $20 and up for the garnets that are imbedded in some sort of rock. We later find out that the garnets are found on land owned by a local Boy Scout troop. Only kids are allowed to dig for the garnets.

We go back to the trailer for dinner. After dinner Jere and I take a walk to the new wharf area. Our walk is cut short when it starts to rain. So we head back to trailer and call it a day.

Posted by jengelman 13:45 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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