Behm Canal and Bailey Bay, Alaska

Jun 20, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Another incredible day in Alaska! It's hard to believe how many days in a row we've encountered bright sun! 

The day began at anchor in Bailey Bay, a lovely secluded cove, with sunny skies and terrific reflections. During the morning, we participated in a variety of activities. Kayakers paddled around the ship and shorelines and were treated to the sight of a humpback whale lazily plying the waters. Expedition landing crafts zipped around on tours of the area, allowing those aboard to photograph the whale and some wildflowers. Hikers headed to shore, where they hit a trail that angled steeply into the forest. After passing a meadow, the hikers crossed a waterfall that plunged across the trail, and soon arrived at a stunning view. A lake fed by snowmelt rested under the mountains and a river poured off the cliffs, tumbling a few hundred feet to the bay below. After donating blood to the local insects, the hikers continued along the edge of the lake. They passed huge boulders with ice nestled in the shade, creating a natural air conditioner which was welcome on this "hot" day. Once back on the ship, our Global Explorer (age 11) joined the staff for a plankton tow, where she drove an expedition landing craft and gathered plankton for further inspection. Everyone had a chance to observe active zooplankton under the ship’s microscope. 

During the afternoon, the ship cruised north, in search of wildlife. A stiff breeze whipped up small whitecaps, making marine mammal spotting difficult. Our photo instructor, Brenda, presented a "buttons and dials" talk, followed by hands-on sessions with the entire photo team. The sun set in a splash of gold as we sailed north towards Petersburg.

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Emily Mount

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Emily grew up in Boulder, Colorado and Pullman, Washington. Her love of nature began as a child during family vacations spent hiking, camping and exploring the mountains and deserts of the west. In contrast to her outdoors interests, Emily pursued an intensive young career as a classical violinist, culminating in degrees in history and music performance at the University of Washington.

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