Friday, July 21, 2006
Boca de Quadra Camping trip...
After killing as many fish as possible we hit the beach for some snorkeling, rest and relaxation.
This beach is our favorite one here in the Ketchikan area. Luckily it is accessible only by boat so it is not a well known beach. So sshhh don’t tell anyone about it! We love this beach because there is little human sign, beautiful white sand and the water is as blue as the Caribbean.
The water however, is just a little cooler than the Caribbean. It was about 61 degrees, which isn’t too cold once we get our wetsuit, hood, booties and gloves on. The only thing that gets cold is your face.
Ketchikan has amazing snorkeling! The huge underwater grassy fields are full of fish. Sandy bottoms provide a dozen species of starfish, sea cucumbers, crabs and flounder. Work your way over to the rocks and spend hours looking for colorful nudibranchs, anemones, scallops, abalone, sponges and coral. Every crack and crevice is filled with feather duster worms, cup coral and fish of every imaginable variety.
After an hour or so of snorkeling we lit a fire and kicked back to watch the bird-brain chase birds up and down the beach. She even stocked a couple Bald Eagles! But the poor girl didn’t have a chance. She had better luck chasing these little sand birds up and down the beach. It was hilarious, she must have spent an hour chasing the same bird! After tiring from chasing birds she went for a sunset walk on the beach.