We were rewarded for a bumpy ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca when we woke up to Victoria’s skyline gracing our view this morning. We headed into port and docked at the cruise ship terminal on Ogden Point. After Health Canada reviewed our documents regarding COVID protocols, we set off eagerly on a variety of adventures to explore this gem of the Salish Sea. Guests chose from a biking tour of the downtown core, a historic walking tour, a visit to a variety of private gardens, or a cultural canoe tour of the Inner Harbor. I opted for the last one and had a wonderful experience, as did the guests.
National Geographic Venture
Today began the final day for National Geographic Venture’s two-week long journey from Seattle to Sitka. One could not help but feel reminiscent as we cruised the coastline to our final landing at Ushk Bay of Chichagof Island. We peeked our heads into the understory to find remnants of the bears that are out enjoying the sprouts of spring. One last breath of forest air and we were back on the water. We spent our afternoon cruising through narrow passages, admiring the forest and marine life. It has been a full two weeks of wildlife, new friendships, laughter, and intentional moments of silence in appreciation of this humbling landscape. Photo caption: Map of our journey from Seattle to Sitka. Photo by Shannon Malone