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For you, what is the bigger reward:


the sailing, or the destination and the people you meet? The people. For Steve, it’s the


sailing. We’re probably a good combination!


Any advice for first-time cruisers


headed to your favorite northern haunts? If you’re going from Seattle to


Alaska, the biggest advice is don’t delay on the way up. Save the beautiful B.C. anchorages for the trip back south. Some people say that the real


Alaska starts in Petersburg. I think that it starts in Ketchikan. There is a real change that takes place north of Petersburg—you realize that it’s an adventure. Things are different. For example, the marinas there are for the fishing fleet, not for cruisers. There are no happy-hour tents ashore, there’s no Internet and there aren’t fancy showers. Boaters are an afterthought in Alaska; the entire tourism industry is based on cruise ships, and the boating industry is focused on fishing. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a


Sparse cover of low green foliage near Reid Glacier tells us the land is in the early stages of plant succession.


great time and meet great people. It’s what cruising is all about.


Anything else? Yes—people shouldn’t hesitate to


visit the native communities in Alaska. They still have their native culture there and they practice it. They’re very friendly, and cruisers shouldn’t feel uncomfortable there. [The native


peoples] want to tell you about their culture, and they’re pleased to tell you about their lives.


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