Can you believe it?! The sun was shining bright once again here in Southeast Alaska. To take full advantage of the morning, we planned hikes and kayaking at Lake Eva during a high tide. As we dropped the anchor, a bear was sighted right at our landing beach. Kayakers took off for the lagoon and outlet of the stream that supports many fish including pink salmon, chum salmon, sockeye salmon, cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden. Hikers took the trail, calling out for bears and noticing many signs them, including scat and marking trees. Some hikers made it all the way to the lake where they took a refreshing swim in the cool water. Kayakers gently glided above schools of salmon twisting through green, gold, and blue colors in the water.
The afternoon was filled with humpback whales; a few of them choosing to breach from the water. Later, some brave souls plunged into the sea with back flips, cannon balls, belly flops, elegant dives, and twists. Today was the incredible finale to an unforgettable week aboard the National Geographic Venture.