We woke up deep in Glacier Bay National Park in front of Marjorie Glacier, then slowly traversed the entire 60-mile length of the bay. Along the way we saw ice calving from glaciers, three brown bears, otters, sea lions, and lots of sea birds including, everyone’s favorite: the puffin.
National Geographic Sea Lion
This morning, I overheard a comment from a guest to her partner, who had just joined us on the bow. “I was worried about you, but not worried enough to come find you,” she said. Those of us around her had to laugh. We understood. No one wanted to walk away, fear of missing anything. A very active group of transient (Bigg’s) killer whales captured our attention, moving fast, splashing, hunting, spy-hopping. They had already been preceded by pre-breakfast sighting of humpback whales, and those awake earlier enough saw a salmon shark. Our afternoon comprised kayaking and introductions to the Southeast Alaska rainforest with hikes at Lake Eva. What a day! Another comment overheard on the bow today: “We are setting the bar too high on Day One.”