Beach combing is a fun pastime along the hundreds of miles of coastline in southeast Alaska. One never knows what will be laying along side the giant deadwood trees and seaweed that lines the beaches. Some of the best places were just above the high tide line where storm swells push debris into bushes and crevices. One of the grand prizes of beach combing this area are glass floats from Japan.
On one of my days off, some friends and I decided to head towards Troller's Cove and check the beaches in the area. Trollers cove is tucked away on POW. There is a small forest service cabin and a mooring to tie up. We brought a kayak to get to the boat and back. I used it to paddle the adjacent cove. The area is serene and calm. In the adjacent cove were two river outlets, I could imagine bears feasting there, though, I saw no wildlife.
We dropped off our gear and headed out to beach comb. I worked double time as James and Lisa took turns piloting the boat. It was hard work climbing over giant slippery trees. A few times I could see my leg or ankle snapping. Thankfully, it never happened. We bush whacked between beaches and climbed hills. In one area we went through someone unknown's home. Plenty of bones laid throughout the territory. I thought I could see a nice spot for a bed. I was ready to get out of there!
We didnt find much to keep. I found a hard hat, a new 5 gallon bucket, and a mangy cat doll, that I kept! We found some lures to keep. James found the number 5. We also found a deer carcass some eagle were feasting on. There were many plastic floats in the area but no glass ones. Boo!
We stayed at Trollers for the night at the quaint forest service cabin. The next morning we packed up and headed out early, relatively, to hit beaches on the way back we thought might be fruitful. Again, not much loot but tons of potential. I knew I didn't have the time into beach combing to find a glass float right off and beginners luck was not on my side. But, I was happy with my mangy cat and getting away for the weekend!
If you are an Alaskan beachcomber, or have an interest in beach combing this area, check out Lisa's Facebook group, Alaska Beach Combers, like it and join the conversation about beachcombing in the Southeast Alaska. Better yet, share some photos of your loot!