Lee and I took Mom and Dad to the Turner Lake Cabin (one of the many state forest service cabins that you can rent out). We boated down the Channel to the Taku Inlet, anchored in the Inlet, took the jet boat to the mouth of the river that empties from Turner Lake, unloaded and hiked about 1/2 miles along the rive through the snow to get what I am sure is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL place on earth. We spent 3 days and 2 nights at the cabin, Lee hunted for a bear most of the time and Dad did a little trout fishing in the lake. (Unfortunately no bears and no fish).
Pretty overcast and rainy when we anchored up in the Taku Inlet. We had to wait on the boat for 4 hours until the tide was right to get through the sandbars and into the area where we were headed.
Neka needed someone to cuddle with:
We took the jet boat over to the mouth of the Turner Lake River and unloaded our stuff in the most tenacious mud one has ever seen. The muck is pure glacial silt and is sticky, slick, quicksand-like mud that clings to everything. After unloading the gear we began the hike to the cabin. Below is the mouth of the river and the start of the trail:
We dried out in the cabin (literally had ALL of our clothes and gear hanging from every inch of the cabin). Warmed up with tea and tinfoil dinners!
Moose burger, carrots, potatoes, onions … Lee’s favorite meal!
On Saturday, we took the little boat out on the lake and Lee and Dad had to row through ice that was on the lake. We did not get very far on the 8-mile long lake as the upper part was still completely frozen over. I had fun kicking open the ice in the front of the boat so that the boat could be rowed through easier.
The lake is surrounded by steep cliffs, there were many amazing waterfalls pouring over the cliffs.
Lee was hunting for bears out on the beach front and the mouth of the river. There is an enormous rock on the beach (big as a house) that we sit on to watch for bears. Last year we saw lots of bears, this year we saw nothing.
hiking back to the cabin through lots of remaining snow:
Sunday morning the weather changed and it we were blessed with sunshine and blue skies:
Unfortunately we had to head home … happy hikers:
One last look for bears on bear rock:
Mom’s boots covered in muck:
Loading up in the jet boat:
Headed back to the big boat to head home:
Taku Glacier in the distance:
Tired dog … she was sleeping in the V-berth but crawled out and into my lap for a little cuddle time.
Home Sweet Home: