We awoke in the morning greeted by our first sighting of humpback whales. They showed their flukes while basked in the morning light as they dove in the midst of National Geographic Quest. We then anchored and set upon Fox Creek for exploration. The young explorers got their own hike and saw many signs of the bears that call this area home. In the afternoon, we had Zodiac tours around the Inian Islands. The highlight for sure was the numerous Steller sea lions that surrounded our Zodiacs, looking up at us with curiosity. Truly it was a perfect day here in the Inside Passage of Alaska aboard National Geographic Quest.
National Geographic Quest
Our sail into Petersburg this morning was spent enjoying the beautiful sunshine on the bow. Sea lions piled high on the channel markers. Gulls—mew, Bonaparte, and glaucous-winged— greeted us. Petersburg was established in 1890, when a Norwegian entrepreneur named Peter Bushman came to the area and had the brilliant idea to pack the fish he caught on glacial ice calved off the LeConte Glacier for shipping to people in the lower 48. Across the waterway from Petersburg, Kupernof Island is home to a bog ecosystem called a muskeg. There are many unique things found here, including the sundew, a carnivorous plant. Today, mountain hikes, muskeg walks, harbor tours by Zodiac, and biking around Mitkof Island allowed us to experience all that Petersburg has to offer, while admiring its small town charm.