There is a special briskness to waking up at sea that you can’t find anywhere else – the motion of the waves lilting under the bow as you peer over the rail, the air cutting through any lingering fog from sleep. As we snoozed last night, the bridge team guided us carefully through Sergius Narrows and Peril Strait, leaving Baranof Island behind. Chichagof Island greeted us with some uncannily calm and clear weather as we cruised up Chatham Strait. After some brilliant photography in the morning light, our morning was spent learning the intricacies of bear safety, dressing for drizzle, and tactical intertidal footwear. We discovered quickly that we shouldn’t get too comfortable, however, as a humpback whale lounging near shore brought us all out on deck part way through the photography lecture.