The morning’s wake-up call was “Welcome to Glacier Bay National Park. Honestly, it’s somewhere out there in the fog.” We woke to thick fog and zero visibility that quickly turned into a perfect day in the park. A national park ranger and Tlingit cultural interpreter joined us in Bartlett Cove, and we traveled together to Margerie Glacier. Along the way, we encountered some of the usual characters—sea otters, sea lions, humpback whales, mountain goats, and a grizzly bear along the way. The weather was beautiful and the Fairweather Range—including Mt. Fairweather herself—was clear. On our way south, we were treated to the very rare experience of watching a pod of four transient killer whales kill two sea lions in front of the ship. Later we disembarked in Bartlett Cove and the photo team set up a light-painting tutorial on a humpback whale skeleton. In the evening, the aurora borealis lit up the skies as our shutters clicked. You could not script a better day in Glacier Bay.
National Geographic Sea Bird
In the spirit of exploration, National Geographic Sea Bird pulled into Jackson Passage, a beautiful spot in British Columbia, to view whales and invertebrates from expedition landing crafts and kayaks. In the afternoon, thanks to rough seas and the motion of the ocean, we were all well reminded we were on a boat. A highlight of the day: diving in a new place and finding some beautiful—albeit small—hidden gems, right underneath the kayakers.