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I am owned by Pauline and Mark Blasky. My hull was built at the Duncan Marine Yard in Taiwan and launched in Dec of 1980. It is a William Garden design based on the Pixie Design and called by Duncan Marine a Freedom 45. They are the fourth owners and have owned me the longest. They have done extensive refitting to me including replacing my entire deck structure and rig. My masts are roughly 10% taller than original and now are made of aluminium as opposed to the original wood ones, which, though pretty, were always problematic. You can read more about me under "MORE ABOUT SARI TIMUR"

August 19, 2017

Northwestern Fjord Cruise

We had dreary weather all week and when we found out that it was going to be sunny today, we signed up for a cruise with Major Marine Tours.

We had missed visiting the Northwestern Fjords when we came across from Homer as we were late in the season.  So it was the first time we were there.  There are 3 glaciers side by side, so it was a feast for the eye and so many harbor seals sunning themselves on the ice floes.  We stopped in front of Northwestern Glacier for a while and it was just magnificent.

On our way back, we have sightings of humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, puffins and other sea birds but we did not take any more photos as we have "hundreds" of photos of them.

Northwestern Fjord

a waterfall in Cataract Cove

3 glaciers, side by side

lots of icebergs and floes with many harbor seals

the harbor seals are so cute
Northwestern Glacier

close up of Northwestern Glacier

August 2, 2017

Girdwood and Whittier

This weekend we decided to play tourist.  So Friday after work we headed out to Girdwood and booked ourselves into the Alyeska Resort.  This place is pretty famous as one of the better ski resorts in the winter.  What we didn't realize is that in the summer it is a main event attraction as well.  A quaint town with a lot of hiking trails etc, and usually some event or other going on each weekend. We were lucky to get a room and the price certainly reflected that, but hey you only live once.  The first night we hit the sushi bar for some very missed sushi, sashimi, and sake.  All things we were spoiled with in Japan.  And we're not let down and other than the fact the sushi chefs were not Japanese it was on par with what we were used to in Japan.  By the way they had spent several years under Japanese chefs learning the trade.  The next morning we decided to hike to town for brunch.  Great lunch, great hike and it tired us out enough to take a shot nap before we took the tram up the hill for some more hiking.

the view from above

the resort

After our hiking we hit the pool and hot tub and up to the bar for dinner.

The next morning we set out early for Whittier as we had a cruise set up.  We visited two glaciers Beloit and Blackstone.  Blackstone was used in the movie Fifty First Dates.  The cruises in Whittier are pretty neat and a lot different from the cruises in Ressurection Bay.  Don't get us wrong we like cruising in both places.  It is one of the neat things about Alaska.  Two places offer the same thing but they are very much different.  One of the other passengers kind of made a similar analogy.  At Beloit glacier there was a waterfall, one of the most spectacular ones we have ever seen.  He said, man anywhere else in the world people would drive hundreds of miles just to see that waterfall.  Here everyone is seeing it as an aside.

Town of Whittier, with the Whittier Glacier above the town

Prince William Sound
Blackstone Glacier, featured in 50 First Dates
Beloit Glacier  

part of Beloit Glacier with the gushing waterfall

the waterfall closer up

another neat waterfall

One other thing interesting about our trip to Whittier was this was our first trip through the tunnel.  This is a one lane tunnel, shared by trains, and motor vehicles which have to go in both directions.  It was built as an emergency tunnel in case Seward fell to the Japanese.  It is still the second longest tunnel in North America and it is the longest one that is used by both motor vehicles and rail.

the vehicles are lined up waiting for the tunnel to open in our favor.  right in front of us is this cute dog

Portage Glacier