What is a day in the life of a Global Explorer in Alaska like? If it’s a sunshiny day in Glacier Bay National Park, it starts early! While the sun is still rising, we pick up a special guest in Bartlett Cove: a National Park Service Ranger! On the bow in a brisk dawn, we begin a journey Up Bay, on the lookout for wildlife and fun. The day has yet to behold the wonders of pristine wilderness: rainforest, glacial fjords, mountain goats, brown bears, harbor seals, tidewater glaciers, and the joy of experiencing all with family and friends.
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.