Alaska cruise on the Chichagof Day 10: Kake

by guest blogger Molly Hottinger Kake is a small village and home to about 500 residents. According to today’s information sheet, the name translates in Tlingit to “mouth of the dawn” or “opening of daylight”. The Kake tribe of Tlingits have inhabited this region in Alaska for thousands of years. They’ve largely maintained a subsistence lifestyle, through fishing, hunting, and gathering plants and berries. Considered one of Alaska’s premiere fishing areas, it’s easy to understand why Tlingit …

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Alaska cruise on the Chichagof Day 9: Wrangell

By guest blogger Molly Hottinger Our next stop, Wrangell, is a small town located at the heart of the Inside Passage and the Tongass National Forest. Our group took a short hike to Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. The park has the highest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the southeastern region of Alaska. At least 44 petroglyphs have been found on the boulders and bedrock outcrops on the shore just below and above the mean high …

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Alaska cruise on the Chichagof Day 8: Petersburg

By guest blogger Molly Hottinger Today we visited Petersburg, a community of 3,000 located at the north end of Wrangell Narrows. The town is the center of Norwegian culture in Alaska and has a picturesque waterfront and bustling wharfs. We hopped on a bus and headed to the Sons of Norway Hall to watch some traditional Norwegian dancing. The town was founded in 1896 by Peter Bushman with fellow Norwegians. When it was built soon after, the …

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Day 7 in Alaska-Frederic Sound/Steamboat Bay/Thomas Bay

By guest blogger Molly Hottinger We anchored in Steamboat Bay last evening to get an early start to our day. After breakfast, we boarded an inflatable to explore a pebble beach. The high tide had left behind cockle shells, green sea urchins, and white clams. A few of us climbed up a small rocky hill which offered a great view of the Chichagof  and wide sweeping views of the beach. Tall tufts of thick grass grew straight …

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Day 6 in Alaska-Journey through the Tracy Arm Fjord

This below from guest blogger, Molly Hottinger ABOARD THE CHICHAGOF DREAM —As usual, we received a cheerful wake-up greeting from our expedition leader, Maggie. In fact, she provides fact-filled cheery announcements throughout the day. Today we took a journey through the entire length of Tracy Arm which extends over 32 miles. Tracy Arm is a glacial fjord with stunning waterfalls, icebergs, and towering cliffs that rise high above the river valley. According to the “A Look Ahead” …

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Day 5 in Alaska: Kayaking, beach combing, cold plunges and a first taste of king crab

ABOARD THE CHICHAGOF DREAM — by guest blogger Molly Hottinger After a nice breakfast with our fellow passengers, we prepared to kayak in Whitestone Harbor, near Chichagof Island, our vessel’s namesake. Whitestone Harbor is partly uncharted, so we had to be careful not not to ground our kayaks up on the large rocks in the fast retreating tide. Our expedition leaders shepherd our group  but the areas we set off to explore are large enough that there …

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