Slowly making our way into the harbor of Petersburg, we saw many birds flying around us, familiar one such as bald eagles and great blue heron and some that are new to us this week such as the Bonaparte gull and mew gull. The tide was low, exposing the shore and the many homes on stilts doting the coastline were sitting high and dry. A true Southeast Alaskan day, we had low cloud coverage and intermitted rain showers, making the town feel even more charming. Hikes across the waterway through the muskeg introduced us to this unique bog ecosystem and including the smallest carnivores’ plant, the sundew. Others explored the perimeter of town on a fantastic led bike ride, before joining a zodiac for a cruise through the fishing port exploring the heart of Petersburg; after all, it is “the town that fish built.”
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.