We got off to a great first day of our voyage here in southeast Alaska. Yesterday evening we left the dock in Sitka and spent the night anchored in protected waters, exploring Peril Strait this morning and keeping our eyes out for whales and other wildlife. In the afternoon we got to explore Ushk Bay both on water and on land through kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and walks of all kinds onshore. Even though it was a rainy day we didn’t let that deter us from enjoying our first experience exploring the beauty of this place!
National Geographic Venture
A rare, gorgeous morning greeted us at the small fishing town of Petersburg. Every finger of the harbor was crowded with fishing boats awaiting the opening of the fishing season. It was a joy to prowl up and down the harbor and admire the vessels that hail from various homeports. Well-groomed trails and boardwalks maintained by the U.S. Forest Service made for excellent hiking through an old growth forest comprised of spruce, hemlock, and even yellow cedar, a rare treasure in Southeast Alaska. The trail ended in a muskeg bog, a vital part of the ecosystem in southeast Alaska and home to a carnivorous plant known as a sundew. As if that wasn’t enough, we had bike tours that explored the Petersburg road system, and many of our guests enjoyed an unforgettable plane ride over the LeConte Glacier!