National Geographic Quest
awoke extra early to true Alaskan overcast skies and a hint of temperate rain, perfectly overcast for our Zodiac tour of the icebergs shed from LeConte Glacier. The terminal moraine left by this tidewater glacier, the southernmost in the northern hemisphere, leaves these icebergs grounded with the tide in a beautiful ephemeral art gallery. The cloudy conditions were ideal for viewing the celestial blue within the glacial ice. Harbor seals and bald eagles peered at us as we viewed the frigid sculptures.
Following an epic brunch, compliments of our hotel and galley team, we docked in nearby Petersburg. We set out in the afternoon to explore the lovely fishing village by hiking the local bog trail, focusing on photography or learning about the fishing methods unique to this region. Those more adventurous joined a seven-mile hike up the nearby mountain trail with naturalist Rob Edwards. We concluded another amazing day exploring Southeast Alaska with a feast on some of this region’s finest local catch, the Dungeness crab, ready for our final day tomorrow.