To wake up in a spectacular fjord and spend the entire day with ice is the perfect way to end an amazing trip. We had such a wonderful, fully packed day, all in one of my favorite places on the planet, Tracy Arm - Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area. This was our second Wilderness (notice the capital W) area of this expedition, and it makes me happy to see such a high level of protection on this land.
National Geographic Sea Lion
This morning, I overheard a comment from a guest to her partner, who had just joined us on the bow. “I was worried about you, but not worried enough to come find you,” she said. Those of us around her had to laugh. We understood. No one wanted to walk away, fear of missing anything. A very active group of transient (Bigg’s) killer whales captured our attention, moving fast, splashing, hunting, spy-hopping. They had already been preceded by pre-breakfast sighting of humpback whales, and those awake earlier enough saw a salmon shark. Our afternoon comprised kayaking and introductions to the Southeast Alaska rainforest with hikes at Lake Eva. What a day! Another comment overheard on the bow today: “We are setting the bar too high on Day One.”