It was a day of reflection aboard National Geographic Venture. The sun’s morning rays gave us a stunning view of Margerie Glacier before waking her up for some spectacular calving. The day just got better from there: brown bears at the water’s edge (eight in total!), the rare sight of otters hauled out on icebergs, the season’s first harbor seals with their newborn pups, tufted puffins, Steller sea lions cavorting, and even a quiet walk in the rainforest following an amazing presentation by a speaker from Alaska Native Voices. Alaska wins again!