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This should be obvious, but for some reason people still do it. For the brief time we were in Yakutat there was a person who came up missing while out hiking alone, and from what I can gather it's not an uncommon occurrence. No matter how talented a hiker you are, or how well you know the area you should never go alone. The weather is very changeable here and all kinds of bears and wolves and other critters roam the forests. And even if none of those things get to you, there is still the issue of getting lost---and maybe not being found. The area is truly vast; the wilderness surrounding the Yukutat area is larger than the state of Connecticut. You cell phone isn't going to work for you out there either!
Written Sep 24, 2006
This is one bizarre scene I can't forget. While leaving Yakutat I saw a funny white line on the ocean far away. When our ferry got closer I realized it's a wave. Perhaps it's caused by the conflicing currents, the wave just stayed stable at the same spot, about 30 feet wide, 3 - 5 feet high. The fixed wave was strange enough, on top of it there's a guy and a small motor boat surfing! It was a cold rainy day, and the water temperature must be nearly freezing. In the middle of nowhere I really didn't know where these people came from. Later I researched the net; the spot is called Ocean Cape and these guys were probably off-duty local coast guards. I didn't take a photo there.
Updated Oct 19, 2003