THORNE BAY, THOMS PLACE, LITTLE NORWAY FESTIVAL

We had a few stops on our way back to Petersburg for the Little Norway Festival.

First, Thorne Bay with a nice transient dock. This stop, to me, will always be the friendly little town on Prince of Wales Island that has a little grocery with great meat and reasonable prices!

BEAUTIFUL PASSAGE TO GET BACK TO THORNE BAY

On our way to Thoms Place we found this floating.

Russell called the Coast Guard and let them know about the little blue skiff.

No bears or waterfowl at Thoms Place but loads of songbirds and a peaceful beautiful setting. We liked this spot so much we stayed two nights.

Sam and Dad on a field trip to a little island.

IS MY MAMA OUT THERE?

DINNER? YES PLEASE!!!

After Thoms Place we headed to Wrangell which we bypassed on the way to Alaska last year. We stayed in Heritage Harbor, a very nice harbor with friendly folks. However, it is 1.5 miles to town…yes, that is taking the shortcut.

In Wrangell we had a great burger, good pizza, went through their most excellent museum, and we had rain…lots of rain. Because of the rain I opted to not carry my camera.

Somewhere along the way I finished these.

LETS CALL THEM HALLOWEEN SOCKS.

Next stop is Petersburg. Every May Petersburg has their Little Norway Festival. It’s a big deal here and we wanted to experience it.

Before the festivities started we were invited to tour Kestrel, a dive ship for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This ship isn’t far off our starboard side and we looked at it all winter so it was nice to see the inside!

ONE OF TWO DIVE SKIFFS

THE DIVE ROOM

CREW OF THREE, CAPTAIN, COOK, AND ENGINEER…PLUS ROUGHLY SIX DIVERS

ENGINE ON THE LEFT, GEN ON THE RIGHT….ANOTHER ENGINE AND GEN ON THE OTHER SIDE

We sampled Norwegian desserts, we went to the Mitkof Mummers play, the roller derby, the museum, watched the herring toss, watched the parade, and marveled at the Norwegian costumes everywhere.  We’ll let the pics tell the story of this small town festival.

FANS OF THE ROLLER DERBY – CRUISERS FROM OUR DOCK

GILL WRECKHER SCORING FOR PETERSBURG. IT WAS A BLOW OUT FOR PETERSBURG AND A MUCH MORE PHYSICAL BOUT THIS TIME.

HALF TIME ENTERTAINMENT!

Let the parade begin!

HOW CUTE ARE THESE TWO!!!

CAST OF THE PLAY

LET THE HERRING TOSS BEGIN

The herring toss draws a huge crowd!

WE’RE ROOTING FOR JENNY AND KELLY!!

OOPS! THEY’RE SLIPPERY!!

DAD IS JUST GOING TO HOLD MANDY IN CASE ONE OF THOSE SLIPPERY HERRINGS GETS LOOSE!

We had three beautiful sunny days when we arrived.

I FINISHED THIS ALONG THE WAY TOO…AND AFTER A GOOD SOAK IT DRIED IN NO TIME ON THE BOW.

SOME SAY THEY’RE WEEDS, I SAY THEY ADD BEAUTIFUL COLOR!

We had nice weather for the festival but the rained started last night,has continued today, and will continue tomorrow. But the winds will be light so we will head south tomorrow around the west side of Prince of Wales Island. The rain doesn’t bother us, we’re inside, although it’s always nice if the rain stops while we anchor.

With a little luck there’s a slim chance we may catch up with some friends in Prince Rupert and swap stories. Wouldn’t that be nice!

All is well.

 

 

 

 

 

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