Today we enjoyed a wonderful exploration one of my favorite places in Southeast Alaska, Pavlof Harbor. Located along the eastern shore of the large Chichagof Island, Pavlof has been the site of several human settlement over time, including Tlingit fishing camps and more recent canneries and salteries. It is now a wonderful natural site where brown bears roam the temperate rainforest, and salmon and beavers swim at the stream. It is also the site of one of my favorite dive sites in Alaska. Nick Brown and I had the chance to go SCUBA diving and brought an underwater video for everyone on board to watch. Later we sailed the across Chatham Strait and were delighted to watch both killer and humpback whales, ending another perfect day exploring Southeast Alaska.
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.