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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