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THE OBSERVER KEEPS THE PAULIS COMING BACK FOR MORE Family makes multiple trips with Boat Company.

GRANTS TO SOUTHEAST ALASKA Friends respond with grants to Southeast Alaska nonprofits.

THE BIRTH OF A BOAT A step-by-step look at Mist Cove’s progress.

POETRY by Susan L. Mueller


Notes and Comments by Michael McIntosh President, McIntosh Foundation and The Boat Company

Michael McIntosh The Boat Company can be reached at:

Corporate Office The Boat Company c/o The McIntosh Foundation 1730 M Street NW, Suite 404 Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 338-8055 phone (202) 234-0745 fax Operations Office The Boat Company 19623 Viking Avenue NW Poulsbo, WA 98370 (360) 697-5454 phone (360) 697-4213 fax email: boatco@tscnet.com Conservation Programs and Sales Office The Boat Company 811 First Avenue Suite 454 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 624-4242 phone (206) 624-4141 fax email: sales@theboatcompany.com mcintosh@theboatcompany.com Staff:

Michael McIntosh, President Mark McIntosh, Vice President Bob Vey, Controller Steve Riehemann, Operations Manager Kathy Nissley, Sales Manager Doug Cope, Boat Construction Manager Winsome McIntosh, Editor Board of Directors:

With the help of several of our

the Coast Guard

former guests and friends, we

Authorization Act direct-

are working our way through

ing the Coast Guard to

the legislative process and

bring U.S.Tonnage regula-

hope to have the Mist Cove

tions more in line with the

cited in the Coast Guard

way the rest of the world

Reauthorization Bill for 1999 by

measures tonnage. While

the end of the year. Just another

this has been accom-

“detail” to be covered in the

plished for the off shore oil

construction of a small ship. And

industry, the rest of us “small

my wife wonders how I spend

folks” are still waiting.

my time?!!!

Because we want to build a safe and beautiful sister ship to the Liseron and the Observer, we are caught in the regulatory abyss of Coast Guard timing. Hence, we are working with the appropriate Congressional committees to obtain an exception for the Mist Cove (with the blessing of the Coast Guard) to operate under the present regulations until the new tonnage measurements are established.

Don’t forget to check us out on the Internet!

Michael McIntosh Winsome McIntosh Mark McIntosh Hunter McIntosh Colin McIntosh

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The Boat Company donated three trips early in the season this year for invited guests from Washington, D.C., two to host elected representatives and one to a large conservation organization. Among the visitors were:

Fact Finding Tour • Rep. George Miller (CA), a long-standing champion of the Tongass • Senator Richard Durbin (IL), one of the few friends of conservation on the Appropriations Committee • Rep. Maurice Hinchey (NY), a House leader on sound logging principles • Rep. Connie Morella (MD), a leading conservationist in the House majority. All four members spoke at a special community meeting in Tenakee Springs, where residents thanked them for their efforts to protect the Tongass. Each member pledged to continue working to protect this wonderful resource. The second trip hosted two key aides to Sen. Durbin and Rep. Miller, a policy aide for the Office of Management and Budget, and two journalists from the United States and Great Britain. Members from the Alaska Rainforest Campaign, a coalition of conservation groups working to preserve and protect the Tongass for future generations hosted both trips.

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The Pauli family and their friends on their 1998 trip.

Keeps the Paulis Coming Back for More

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hen you need to get away from it all for a couple of weeks with no cell phones, no fax machines and no computers, where is the best place to go? In 1997, for Janet and Bill Pauli, this ideal retreat was on the waters and land of southeast Alaska, traveling aboard the Observer. How much did they enjoy their trip? Enough to return with their family and friends in 1998 and enough to plan another trip for 2000. “We had a fabulous time. We had never been on a trip like it before,” said Janet.The beautiful and spectacular scenery, the fishing, the accommodations, the other passengers and the crew made it special.There were approximately 12 passengers and seven crew members on each trip. “We didn’t know any of the other passengers on the first trip, but everyone with us had a love for nature and the same desire to be outdoors,” she added. By the time the 10-day trip was well underway, the Paulis had several new friends. Among these new friends were Captain Steve Tarrant and First Mate Larry Funner – their captain and first mate on both trips. “They really know the area and the natural history.The whole crew was fantastic and went out of their way to be helpful.” “Going to southeast Alaska is a naturalist’s dream,” said Janet, an avid fisher and hunter, who holds her Ph.D. in marine zoology. “The combination of the land and the sea, and moving from fresh water to salt water is wonderful. At night we would pull into Admiralty and Baranoff bays for the evening, and it was just so beautiful.”

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Pod of Orcas surfaces next to our next to our skiff outside Deep Cove. “Chicken of the Woods” or “Sulfer Shelf ” edible shelf fungas seen on hike at Saook Bay. The weather was never a problem during the Pauli’s trips. On their first trip, few sunny mornings and afternoons were sprinkled in among overcast and drizzly days, but that did not ruin the fun. “We

in the state. For any vacation, they have to choose a time of the year that is not too busy. The couple decided to take a trip aboard the Observer after

didn’t even notice.There was so much going on, and the mountains

hearing others regale about their time on a Boat Company trip. In

and the water and the wildlife was breathtaking,” said Janet.

1997, Bill and Janet and two of their children took their first trip. In

What was keeping their minds off the dreary weather? Perhaps they were entertained by the running of the salmon upstream, or they

1998, the Paulis took a trip with all of their children, a cousin and other friends. One couple came all the way from England.

were too busy trying to catch their own fish during the many stream and ocean fishing jaunts to notice. Or maybe the humpback and killer

The Paulis live in Potter Valley, California, and have five children: Hal,

whales kept their minds off the fact that the sun wasn’t always shining.

22; Dawn, 20; Will, 19; Frost, 13; and Jake, 11.

Or maybe they were befriending the minke whale that stayed with the Observer for two days of the trip. If this wasn’t enough, it might simply have been that they were watching the seals, sea lions, grizzly bears or eagles.

Janet with first mate, Larry Funner, and a Chinook Salmon caught trolling near Kaleenan.

Part of the attractiveness of traveling Alaska aboard a Boat Company vessel is the ease of the trip, noted Janet. “The accommodations are comfortable, and the food is wonderful.The crew is knowledgeable and personable. Every day they told us our options and asked us what we wanted to do. A person would have to work at not having a good time.” Like almost everyone, the Paulis need a vacation.They own 450 acres of vineyards, 75 acres of pear trees and 1,500 acres of timberland in Northern California.Their ranch keeps them busy.They sell the pears – mostly for canning – and some of the grapes. Other grapes are used for producing wine and juice at their winery, Redwood Valley Cellars, and to make Braren Pauli wine, which they have bottled since 1979. Janet helps manage both the vineyard and the main office. Aside from his responsibilities with the vineyard, Bill is the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, the largest agriculture association The Boat Company

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Kathy and Bruce Mitton on board the Observer.

Really Cool Taking a Break from Tucson’s Summer By Bruce Mitton, Observer 1999, Tucson, Arizonia

Editors note: I came across Bruce Mitton's website and

Endless Daylight and Gorgeous Scenery

thought his recollection of his

With numerous cruise lines invit-

Alaska trip was so beautifully

ing people to “hop on board,” it

written that I asked him

seems Alaska is now a major

if we could share it in our

tourist attraction.You might con-

newsletter. I think reading it

sider hopping on board if you're

will bring back fond

tantalized by the idea of living on

memories for you.

a floating hotel with as many as 2,000 other passengers and cruising from port to port. If that's not your cup of tea then you'd better search out some of the smaller ships that get you closer to what Alaska offers. In June, my wife and I had the good fortune of taking a six day visit to a small part of Alaska (The Tongass National Forest – 11,000 miles of coastline and 17 million acres of forest) aboard an

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all-wood, 100-foot converted

fishing, hiking, canoeing and

minesweeper. Our room was

learning, while dining in style on

anything but spacious – a cubby

the stern of the ship.

hole with a bunk bead, closet

From seeing sea otters,

and sink. We shared a cramped

brown and black bears, sea lions,

bathroom, right behind the

countless bald eagles, doll por-

wheelhouse, with the ship’s

poises, humpback whales, harbor

Captain. And at night, the rumble

seals, geese, mountain goats,

of the night generator vibrated

deer, Harlequin ducks, rock fish

us to sleep. But did we get a

and halibut there seemed little

delectable, yet incredibly small,

time to do everything that was

taste of Alaska!

available. Our “hiker babes,” the

With eight other passengers

ladies on board our vessel, had a

and eight crew members –

tendency to take off with our

Captain, Second Mate, Engineer,

naturalist and hike cross country

Chef, Chef's Assistant, Naturalist,

to see the sights and then return

Guide, and Steward – we

with stories of watching a moth-

motored at a cruising speed of

er bear and her cub or getting

nine knots from Sitka to Juneau,

sucked into a bog or getting

around Admiralty Island National

whacked in the face with tree

Monument, taking in the sights,

branches as they made their way


back to ship so they wouldn't

Never being alone on the trip

From what I saw and heard,

is a land of brown and black

miss a meal. (If you had experi-

ensured safety and probably

it's impossible to capture the

bear, salmon and trout, and skies

enced our gourmet dining you'd

made the ship's insurance carrier

true Alaskan wilderness on film

filled with bald eagles.

understand why no one on

a happy business partner, but it

or video. It's so magnificent and

Fortunately in 1990, six new

board ever wanted to miss a

put a crimp in strolling and pho-

breath-taking that it must be

wilderness areas were created

meal. At one point, after eating a

tographing the forest without

experienced up close and per-

bringing the number of wilder-

king salmon sandwich with

slowing someone else down. As

sonal. And once you get there

ness areas in the Tongass

Canadian bacon and a special

it was, none of the men on

it's hard to leave.

National Forest to 20 with over

sauce, I informed the chef I was

board were willing to interfere

falling in love and by the last

with the “hiker babes” explo-

breakfast I'd gone past love

ration and bushwhacking

to a higher level reaching a

through the pristine forest or

food nirvana.)

exploring the new growth (ugly

I enjoyed watching a young boy catch a 70-pound halibut off

scar) of a clear-cut forest. Our naturalist and guides

the side of the boat.Two days

were always willing to answer

later, his father struggled with a

our questions, and if they didn't

110-pound fish as explosions

know the answers, they tried to

from breaching humpback

find them. Although our trip was

whales filled the air.

early in June, the previous 1999

My own interest was the

winter in Alaska had been long

temperate rain forest of the

and cold.There was still plenty of

Tongass. I was coming from the

snow on the mountains and

arid southwest with deserts and

rivers were running high from

Ponderosa pine forests, so seeing

the runoff.

a rainforest carpeted with vege-

Before our visit the skies of

tation and moss would be unfor-

the Tongass had been cloudy and

gettable. It was and I’m sorry I

wet with rough seas and less

didn’t get to see and study more

than perfect weather. My plea for

of the varied and dense vegeta-

clouds and rain was not appreci-

tion. I’m guessing I missed a

ated by anyone on board the

splendid show of wildflowers

vessel. (We brought boring blue

and insects by about a week.

skies from Tucson to the Tongass,

No guest on board went any-

and our crew and other passen-

where on shore without a guide

gers were grateful for the sun-

who carried a large can of pep-

shine.) The one day the clouds

per spray to ward off bears. If

hung low in the sky was one of

we tried our hand at canoeing,

our best.The fish were biting, the

there was always a watchful eye

sea lions bellowing, and the

from aboard our ship and a boat

humpback whales were breach-

ready to rescue us if we tipped

ing in the distance. We saw the

over. Being from Tucson, I had no

whales leave the water, and sec-

desire to find myself in the icy

onds later, we heard an explo-

Alaskan waters.

sion as they hit the water. It's something you have to experi-

5.7 million protected acres. More Sustaining the Natural Resources I've watched Tucson grow, and what was once pristine desert and natural hillsides has become subdivisions with streets and people. Someday, maybe the lack of usable water will stop Tucson's expansion, but by then it's possible the only indigenous desert will be the state and national parks and land the city sets aside for community use. In Southeast Alaska, the Tongass National Forest is the world's only substantial, intact temperate rain forest with thick stands of Sitka spruce, hemlock and cedar helping make a diversified animal habitat. On our Alaskan adventure, we were

protected areas have been added since then. Is it enough? To those that want to profit from Alaska’s resources, yes.To those that admire the serene beauty of the area and recognize the lasting damage of indiscriminate forest harvesting, no. More needs to be done to protect the area and fend off those who want to change protective laws because they are interested in one thing – financial gain. Like me, many of us are unaware of what is going on in Alaska. Maybe we see an item on the evening news or read about Alaska in a magazine article. No matter how we hear about it, these images are soon forgotten.

made aware of the many clear cut forest areas both current and old that scarred the mountain sides. Numerous roads were cut into the once pristine forest where all the trees were leveled and turned to wood pulp to be shipped to Japan. Once there, the pulp would be turned into boxes. Our ship’s crew wasn’t against forestry, but they were against clear-cutting and giving away the wood from a forest that provided resources many people in the area use to survive.The Tongass

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A Captain Returns

Captain Jacques Mailloux on the Liseron circa 1980.

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ast year we received a letter from Mrs. Josianne Mailloux in Brest, France asking if we could send her a picture and information on the activities of the Liseron. Her husband, Jacques, soon would be celebrating his fiftieth birthday, and she wanted to surprise him. Jacques had recently

retired from the French Navy where he served as the last captain of the Liseron before the vessel was retired. Knowing that there is a very special place in a seaman’s heart for the ships on which he serves, Michael immediately thought a fitting fiftieth birthday present would be an invitation to join us on board the Liseron, where he could check on “his lady” personally.Thus, this summer we had the pleasure and honor of hosting Captain Mailloux and his charming wife, Josianne. It was a joy to hear stories of the Liseron’s past and watch our new French friends marvel at the “new” Liseron and the extraordinary Alaskan wilderness that is now her home. Happy Birthday, Jacques!

Jacques again taking the wheel of the Liseron in 1999.


Grants to Southeast Alaska Continue Conservation

The Boat Company is grateful for the client response to an appeal for donations to southeast Alaska nonprofits last year.Through Alaska Fund for the Future, the following grants were made to help manage and preserve the Tongass National Forest and the livelihood of residents of southeast Alaska. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council: Saving Special Tongass Places This project targets a group of unprotected watersheds and wildlands in southeast Alaska. The project encourages sustainable, value-added economics in the region and promotes stable and sustainable communities. Now that pulp contracts are gone, advocacy for a smaller-scale timber industry is important. Development of grassroots support focuses on community-based protection efforts to maintain an active communication network linking member groups, commercial

and sport fishermen, tourism operators and recreationists to educate and enlist public support for this project. Sitka Conservation Society: This project is designed to develop the vast potential for creating a broad constituency for forest protection among Alaskan visitors. Funds will be used to begin an expanded effort to make seasonal visitors to Sitka more aware of threats to the Tongass Forest and to enlist their help in gaining more protection for the forest through use of guided interpretive rainforest hikes, printed interpretive materials and intrepretive slideshows/talks. Southeast Alaska Land Trust (SEALT): SEALT was formed to help landowners seeking to preserve their land by using conservation easements.The SEALT board represents diverse elements of the community to implement

various functions of the land trust wildlife biologists and legal expertise from legal and insurance experts. SEAL Trust is prepared to focus community-wide attention on its current accomplishments to show the potential of the land trust as a significant regional conservation tool.They are developing and distributing printed materials (newsletter and information packet) for their membership outreach effort. Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center: This organization’s mission is to rehabilitate injured bald eagles and other birds of prey, educate the public and conduct bald eagle research.The center educates more than 50,000 visitors a year with their RaptorIn-Residence program, which provides an up-close learning experience of birds’ natural history, behavior, and their interactions with humans.The Center’s new award-winning natural eagle habitat and free-loft

hawk and owl aviaries give visitors a chance to observe the birds in a natural setting against the lush backdrop of southeast Alaska’s temperate rainforest and rushing Indian River. The operating room has an observation window so visitors may observe the veterinary care provided their patients. Cape Decision Lighthouse Association: A group of Sitka citizens organized a rescue and rehabilitation effort of an historic lighthouse location at Cape Decision, entrance to Sumner Straight from the Pacific Ocean. Long an important marker for fishermen, the lighthouse has been decommissioned by the Coast Guard and replaced with modern navigational guides. For the past two years, local citizens have volunteered time and effort to preserving the lighthouse and developing hiking trails on the island for the pleasure of residents and visitors. The Boat Company

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ittle did we know almost 20 years ago that our “program” to bring more people from the lower 48 states to southeast Alaska and the Tongass National Forest would evolve into a full-blown touring business, albeit a nonprofit one! Let’s retrace our steps and give you some background. In the early 1980s, Congress was developing a “master plan” for the Federal lands in Alaska. It was a complicated process with many special interest groups vying for a piece of the action. Included in this competition were oil industries, native Alaskans, the State of Alaska, the timber industry and conservationists. Clearly, there was

keep up with the demand. It is the quality experience in an extraordinary part of our country that is driving this program growth.We are delighted and know that through this Alaskan experience, we are helping develop tourism and promote conservation, both important to the future of Alaska. Michael spent a year and a half searching the world for another US Lend/Lease, vintage World War II wooden-hulled minesweeper to add to the fleet. Alas, there are very few left that are either in good enough condition or being retired from foreign navies. So, with time pressing, he made the decision to replicate the Liseron (only slightly bigger) with an aluminum hull. Easters Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, is building

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a lot at stake and a real need to bring some sound, thoughtful, long-range management practices to Alaska. The McIntosh Foundation wanted to help with this process and thought that by bringing community leaders, media, politicians, foundation representatives and others, we could help elevate the issue to a national level, where it belonged.We purchased the first vessel, the Observer, and eight years later reconverted the Liseron. Now, seven years later, we are building a third boat – the Mist Cove – from the bottom up! The name Mist Cove was chosen because it is a favorite spot that our vessels visit in the Southeast. Throughout the years, the reputation of our trips has spread like wildfire, and we find it hard to

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the superstructure. Doug Cope is overseeing the construction and finishing of the boat. Doug was our first Observer captain, supervised and built the Liseron, and was instrumental in designing the overall trip experience. All three ships embody the skills, heart and soul of Doug Cope. We are lucky to have partnered with him through the years. Eastern Shipbuilding uses advanced methods of computeraided design and drafting, computer numerical control plasma arc cutting, and submerged arc welding systems. It uses an advanced method of “assembly line” construction that keeps the construction cost-efficient and work on time. As various units of each product are pre-outfitted, they are moved toward a tracked


Phase 4 launch area where they are assembled into the completed vessel. It’s a bit like putting a puzzle together with all pieces designed to be completed and fitted at a specific point in time. The pictures accompanying this article show you a month-bymonth progress view.The hull is built upside-down, while the “above deck” superstructure is built elsewhere.The hull is then “flipped,” below-deck work continued, and the superstructure finally lifted into place on the finished deck. Considering the size of the vessel (157’ x 35’ wide), it is an amazing process to watch. Meanwhile in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Doug has established a “finishing” team of carpenters, electricians, plumbers and painters/varnishers to install the

furnishings and transform the superstructure into a friendly, warm and safe vessel of which we will be proud. We hope that the Mist Cove will be in the water and in Tarpon Springs by the time you read this. While finishing work is underway, I will be working with a decorator to provision the boat from “soup to nuts,” as they say. Our goal is to have the Mist Cove steaming through the Panama Canal and on its way to Alaska by April. If all goes well (and we use that phrase with a grain of salt), the Mist Cove will be sailing the waters of Southeast Alaska the summer of 2000, giving even more of our friends and clients an opportunity to treasure the wonders of Alaskan waters.We will keep you posted.

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STAFF PROFILES

TAFF

Shannon

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f any of our clients have been on the Liseron for the past four summers, they will recognize Shannon Sickels, the steward.

With her sunny personality, beautiful brown eyes and dazzling smile, its no wonder our guests feel immediately at home

Shannon sharing space with Juneau’s bear, the Fisherman, by local artist Skip Wallen.

on board.

Shannon coordinates meals, answer questions, and while the

guests are on shore, mysteriously sweeps through the cabins and salons tidying up and providing the personal care for which the Boat Company is famous.

Shannon was born in New Zealand and attended early school

there before immigrating with her family to the Seattle area. She

“I especially like the opportunity to combine a boating experience in Alaska with the flexibility of different jobs during winter months at home,” she says. At the end of last summer, Shannon and her brother, Marty, met

calls Port Townsend her home, having spent her middle and high

in Anchorage with their mountain bikes and biked back to Seattle,

school years there. When she’s not traveling, Shannon still calls Port

using a combination of ferry routes and the Alaskan Highway. It took

Townsend “home.”

them three and a half weeks and a loss of 15 pounds! Marty, by the

After high school, she worked for SouthWest Airlines in the

southeastern U.S., but secretly yearned to live in Alaska. Fortunately

way, has worked the past two summers as a mate on the Observer. This past summer brought new developments in Shannon’s life.

for us, two former staff members lived next door to Shannon’s par-

She met and fell in love with Craig Baker, a mate on another

ents and arranged for her to interview for a job that would, indeed,

commercial yacht working the Alaskan waters.They are engaged to

take her to Alaska.That was four years ago! She has since combined

be married later this year and will call Seattle their home. Her beloved

the five-month Alaska job with winter travels and management of a

black lab, Dakota, will have to learn to share Shannon with the newest

dive shop on Bainbridge Island near Seattle.

member of the family, new husband Craig.

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2001 SOUTHEAST ALASKA M/V LISERON SCHEDULE TRIP #

DATES

BOARDING

DISEMBARKING

TRIP LENGTH

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

May 17 - May 25 May 27 - June 1 June 3 - June 8 June 10 - June 15 June 16 - June 21 June 23 - June 28 June 30 - July 7 July 9 - July 16 July 19 - July 25 July 27 - August 1 August 3 - August 8 August 10 - August 15 August 17 - August 22 August 24 - August 29 August 31 - Sept 7 Sept 9 - Sept 15

Ketchikan Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau

Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

9 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 8 7

days days days days days days days days days days days days days days days days

2001 SOUTHEAST ALASKA M/V OBSERVER SCHEDULE TRIP #

DATES

BOARDING

DISEMBARKING

TRIP LENGTH

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

May 16 - May 22 May 24 - May 31 June 2 - June 8 June 10 - June 15 June 17 - June 22 June 24 - June 29 July 1 - July 6 July 8 - July 13 July 14 - July 19 July 22 - July 28 July 30 - August 4 August 6 - August 11 August 13 - August 20 August 21 - August 27 August 29 - Sept 5 Sept 7 - Sept 14

Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau

7 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 6 6 8 7 8 8

days days days days days days days days days days days days days days days days

2000 SOUTHEAST ALASKA M/V MIST COVE SCHEDULE TRIP #

DATES

BOARDING

DISEMBARKING

TRIP LENGTH

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

May 16 - May 24 May 26 - June 2 June 4 - June 11 June 13 - June 20 June 22 - June 27 June 28 - July 3 July 5 - July 13 July 15 - July 22 July 25 - July 31 August 2 - August 7 August 9 - August 14 August 16 - August 24 August 26 - Sept 3 Sept 5 - Sept 11 Sept 13 - Sept 19

Juneau Ketchikan Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

Ketchikan Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan

9 8 8 8 6 6 9 8 7 6 6 7 9 8 8

days days days days days days days days days days days days days days days

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Guest Quotes

Charles Symington Spring Island, SC Liseron ‘99 “The trip itself had everything; hiking, fishing, canoeing, flying over the glaciers, taking the skiffs up close to the base of the glacier, etc. We will not forget it””

Shirley Guenther Williamsburg,VA Observer ‘99 “How I loved listening to their “wows” as they sat on the fantail absorbing the scenery, or pulled in a halibut which was prepared later for dinner. There are eight people in our family who will forever do their best to preserve this beautiful resource.” Susan L. Mueller Tampa, FL Liseron ‘99

The Hartwell Family Janet and Jim Strang Lookout Mountain,TN Observer ‘99 “We have just returned from our second trip on the Observer. This time we took our three sons and their wives to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Each of them had the same feelings we had after our first trip. It is a happy time, educational, and so much fun!” Romney Bathurst Highlands, NC Observer ‘99 “But most of all, of course, thanks to the unbelievable beauties of the Tongass itself, and its endlessly fascinating wildlife too. We felt that we learned so much, discovered a part of this country that we could never have seen otherwise, and carried away a profound sense of the irreplaceable value of this untouched wilderness.”

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“The Tongass is incredibly beautiful. And our group of sisters, spouses, inlaws, outlaws, and assorted kids experienced it aboard the perfect boat with a first-rate, fun-loving crew. Thanks for the bear talk, and for the after-dinner excursion to the magical “bear meadow” at Scenery Cove, where we drank raindrops from lupine leaves.”


Poetry

A LITTLE DITTY ABOUT A BOAT CALLED LISERON At the turn of the millennium we took a little trip Aboard a vessel named the Liseron with a crew that’s really hip. We took a mess of children, and we took a ton of gear. That crew took one good look at us and their eyes were filled with fear. Well we took the Liseron to tour the Tongass. We hiked and we fished, even saw a bear or two. Nature talks, whales to watch, and boats to mess about in, Aboard the Liseron there is so much to do. First mate, Joel, led us hiking up Red Bluff, Then bushwhacking through the “salad bowl”‘til we said we’d had enough. Joel knows every leaf and twig, every critter land and sea. If we were lost up in Alaska, I’d sure want him with me.

by Susan L. Mueller Liseron, ‘99 Tampa, FL

Steve is the captain. Now he must be pretty smart, He’s got a lot of dials up there and he can tell them all apart. Steve led us on a hike to see a lake he said was swell. The trail was steep and slippery. Man, that was the hike from....... Well, we took the Liseron to tour the Tongass We hiked and we fished, even saw a bear or two. Nature talks, whales to watch, and boats to mess about in, Aboard the Liseron there is so much to do. If the engines don’t keep running, it doesn’t matter who’s at the wheel. So while we looked at whales and sea lions, Bill fixed a faulty seal. Shannon was our patient steward, along with sweet Michelle. Both of them have beautiful smiles, and those bulletin boards were swell. Chef Vickie really runs a gourmet kitchen. And Michelle’s pastry treats were just too sinful to mention. The food was so delicious, from soup to nuts, We ate, and ate, and ate, and now - WHALES R US!

Susan Mueller and her husband John.

Naturalist Jocelyn really showed our group a lot of heart, Climbing and rappelling with two crazy old diehards. Her journals for the children were a highlight of the trip. And she never hesitated to join us for a dip. Darling Dana proves that deckhands have a lot of style. She cruised for hours in those icebergs, and, though she shivered, still managed a smile. Lucky John helped us hook halibut and spot brown bears. And when some of us swam at Takatz Bay, he hauled our frozen bods right out of there. Glacier expert Peter always drew the short straw And when he came to brief the guests, what a rowdy crowd he saw. With earrings and tattoos, Peter plays a tough pirate part. But we saw right through that act, to his tender Celtic heart. Now our trip’s grand finale was a cruise up Tracy Arm. To the foot of the Sawyer Glacier, we motored without harm. And if the ship Titanic had had our captain and his crew They would have known how to go around an iceberg or two! Well we took the Liseron to tour the Tongass. We hiked and we fished, even saw a bear or two. Nature talks, whales to watch, boats to mess about in, The Liseron crew made all of our Alaska dreams come true. The Boat Company

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Recipes From Alaskan Waters Vicki’s Liseron Morning French Toast Lemon Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Michael’s Halibut Masterpiece

Michael’s Halibut Masterpiece Thickly slice French bread, then partially slice the individual slices to create a pocket within each. Stuff each slice with the lemon cream cheese mix: Softened cream cheese Lemon Zest Fresh Lemon Juice Dash of sugar Create batter mix (whipped together): Eggs Half and Half Small amount of brown sugar Vanilla Lemon Extract

3 - 4 small yellow squash, sliced 3 - 4 small green zuchini, sliced 1 large onion, sliced 2 cans stewed tomatoes 4 cloves garlic, whole spices

Saute the fresh vegetables in a deep frying pan with olive oil. Add a slab of halibut (enough for four servings, maybe 1 1/2 pounds). Brown on both sides. Add stewed tomatoes, spices and water. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

Spray non-stick oil in pan, dip French bread (stuffed with refrigerated cream cheese mix) into batter mix and fry on both sides. Serve browned with butter and syrup. Accompany with link sausages.

Bear Joke In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them. We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung. Black bear dung is smaller and contains a lot of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear dung has little bells in it and smells like pepper spray.

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Name: ______________________________________________ Name: ______________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ E-Mail: ______________________________________________ E-Mail: ______________________________________________ Mail to:The Boat Company, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 204,Washington D.C. 20036 or call (202) 338-8055. 16

The Boat Company

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