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Day 1: Board the M/V Catalyst
The M/V Catalyst will be docked in the South Harbor near downtown Petersburg. Passengers are welcome to come on board at 12:30 pm, stow their gear and get familiar with the vessel. At 1:15pm we will be underway. We head north out Wrangell Narrows and into Frederick Sound. We enjoy a buffet lunch and have an orientation and safety meeting. After about a two and a half hour run, our first night will be spent anchored at Scenery Cove in Thomas Bay. Tides permitting, a boat ride and hike will provide a unique opportunity to explore Baird Glacier's cobbled outwash plain and touch the glacier's icy foot. The evening will be spent introducing everyone to kayaking. We carry five doubles and three single kayaks.
Day 2: Frederick Sound, the Brothers Islands
Underway in the early morning hours to make the slack tide across the spit and back into Frederick Sound, awakened by the smell of fresh baked scones, we are bound for The Brothers, a group of small islands positioned in the middle of Frederick Sound. Along the way we will be alert for humpback or orca whale sightings. This is one of the prime summer feeding grounds for the migratory humpback and it is a rare transit if we do not encounter a pod.
Day 3: Admiralty Island - Pack Creek Zoological Reserve
Leaving Brother's Cove we head north along Admiralty Island's eastern shoreline. Passing Point Hugh we enter Seymour Canal. This 23 mile long inlet is home to the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in SE, and its rich waters support a large population of energetic Dell's Porpoise. Our destination today is the Pack Creek Zoological Reserve. Pack Creek has been a place where for over 60 years Brown Bears and humans have lived in close proximity, and the bears have had generations to become accustomed to the presence of people. This is by far the best Brown Bear viewing opportunity in SE Alaska. Arriving in the afternoon, we will go ashore until the Rangers go off duty in the early evening.
Day 4: Stephens Passage, Dawe's Glacier, Tlingit culture, Ford's Terror
Underway in the early morning hours we travel up Stephens Passage toward Wood Spit and Endicott Arm. We watch for whales along the way, stopping to listen to them breathing as they prepare to dive for krill or bubble net for herring. Reaching Wood Spit, the terminal moraine of Dawes Glacier, we will take a hike and be introduced to the fascinating geology of this glacial area, its Tlingit culture and gold rush history. Deer, wolf, nesting bald eagles, and an array of water birds frequent the spit. We'll drop a few crab pots to pick up on our way out in a few days.
Day 5: Explore Ford's Terror by kayak
At Ford's Terror we will adventure by foot and kayak. Surrounded by 5,000 foot granite faces, the mist hanging to the precipices, the vessel is suspended in crystal clear water, suspended in time... Today we will kayak through the tidal rapids (at slack water of course) and paddle into the majestic inner fjord.
Day 6: Holkolm Bay, Hike, and Captain's Ball
After a morning hike ashore, we will sail north out of Endicott Arm and into Holkolm Bay to drop the anchor near Wood Spit. A wonderful place to explore the beach or fish for halibut, this anchorage provides a spectacular panorama of glaciers, sunsets and fascinating geology, Tlingit culture, and gold rush history. Tonight we celebrate our experiences together at the Captain's Ball.
Day 7: Stephens Passage to Juneau
A relaxing morning, and time for one more kayak ride before the boats get stowed. Underway we enjoy a delicious breakfast as we head north through Stephens Passage. We reach Alaska's state capital, Juneau around 10:00am. We recommend that you consider overnighting in Juneau, just in case your arrival is delayed due to weather. There is plenty of interest in this scenic state capital you can visit the Alaska State Museum, a trip up the Mount Roberts Tram, or perhaps a hike on one of the many trails in the area would be a delightful way to end your stay in Alaska.
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