Addie and Max told us we'd like Meyers Chuck... they were right. What was good for them and their Dory was also amazing for us.
The Chuck is a small community built on a series of inlets, affectionately called "chucks" and they have a small marina managed by the Wrangle Harbor master by VHF radio nearly 40 miles away.
Just as we approached the dock, Carol, (new owner of what used to be the local school), invited us to set the tent up on her property and assured us we could use the absent neighbors covered, back deck and picnic table. We are living large! Rain cover without a tarp, seating that you didn't have to blow up and the flattest tent spot of the whole trip. But it gets better.
Soon Ron and his wife Suzy, from Seattle and Will and his wife Trish from nearly everywhere, but mostly Australia, came by for a visit. Carol must have filled them in on our trip, or we could have looked malnourished, but we got invited to the docks potluck dinner? They were promising real food and we wanted to hear their stories, so of course we immediately accepted and immediately started worrying about what we could bring. We chatted for a bit and after hearing a few more details about our trip Trish says "Good on you mate" with her thick, charming, Australian brogue. We'd paddle another 700 miles just to hear that again.
So the dock feast was on... Nachos, pasta, red pepper primavera ( yea Lauri! ), brownies. Lauri and I were feeling very conspicuous about how much food we were taking.
Helen and Burt from a troweler, the two couples we just met from sailboats and one other solo sailer, John, joined the story telling...er... I mean potluck. Good food and amazing, inspirational stories of living aboard these boats year around, cruising all over the Inside Passage and the Asian Pacific, kidnappings, bear tent invasions and refurbishing old boats. Lauri and I were in awe... and a little sad this wonderful group was heading south while we were headed north.
So Meyers Chuck has no roads, no real amenities other than the dock, but special people gather there and the residents make you feel like family... oh yea, if you check out the message board there is a resident Chucker that will deliver fresh, hot, home made, cinnamon rolls to your boat each morning for less than Starbucks. We loved this place and we are coming back!
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