We are currently transiting back to Dutch Harbor with an expected late morning arrival. I was hoping we’d go around the eastern side of Unalaska Island and through Akutan pass since we’ve not been around that side of the island yet and it is a shorter route, but instead we came back through Umnak pass on the western side and are currently transiting just off the northern shore of Unalaska. It ends up that Akutan pass will have huge tidal currents today – up to 9 knots at the peak tidal swing, whereas Umnak pass will only be 5 knots. Now i’m glad we went through Umnak pass instead.
We went through the pass some time during the late hours, and this morning we woke up to spectacular views of Mount Makushin volcano on Unalaska Island. Here’s Dallas, me, Georgie, Jake and Chris with Makushin in the background:
That’s a lot of snow and we are certainly hoping for much less snow at our field stations on Mount Okmok. Makushin is much taller, peaking at around 6000′ elevation, whereas most of our field stations on Okmok will be at elevations lower than 2000′. That said, I think i’m going to buy a thicker jacket when we return to Dutch Harbor this morning.