We woke to a bank of fog as we slid slowly into Hanus Bay, giving us lovely sea and sky images. We saw dozens of marbled murrelets floating on the surface and “Jack” Silver, one-year old sexually premature salmon, jumping from the water. After breakfast, we kayaked or hiked the trail seeing eagles, brown bears, wildflowers, and the first of the delicious salmonberries. Our afternoon is spent cruising and watching for wildlife all the way to our journey’s end in Sitka.
National Geographic Quest
A fine and adventurous day was awarded to us on our last chance to explore Southeast Alaska on this voyage. We anchored in the morning at Ushk Bay just between Baraknof and Chicagof Islands. We spent the morning exploring the vast beach, meadows, and forests that make this area so special and wild. Salmon were making their final push upstream while the less lucky fishes lay as carcasses along the streams. We have learned and seen so much in our short time in Southeast Alaska and it has never disappointed.