The Inian Islands are simply spectacular with Steller sea lions, sea otters and a diversity of birds. It is difficult to know where to look when so much is here to see. After the islands, hiking at Fox Creek gave us a chance to view perennial bear tracks on the trail. While kayaking, we found an octopus arm that we used both to study and clown around. Amy, our underwater specialist, used the ROV to capture images of Plumbose anemones and other marine animals to be shared during cocktail hour for everyone’s enjoyment.
National Geographic Venture
A rare, gorgeous morning greeted us at the small fishing town of Petersburg. Every finger of the harbor was crowded with fishing boats awaiting the opening of the fishing season. It was a joy to prowl up and down the harbor and admire the vessels that hail from various homeports. Well-groomed trails and boardwalks maintained by the U.S. Forest Service made for excellent hiking through an old growth forest comprised of spruce, hemlock, and even yellow cedar, a rare treasure in Southeast Alaska. The trail ended in a muskeg bog, a vital part of the ecosystem in southeast Alaska and home to a carnivorous plant known as a sundew. As if that wasn’t enough, we had bike tours that explored the Petersburg road system, and many of our guests enjoyed an unforgettable plane ride over the LeConte Glacier!