Journey to Juneau
May 19, 2016
When departure day finally arrived, we spent the morning finishing up last minute jobs and getting the boat sparkling for everyone’s arrival. Before we knew it, luggage and guests were on their way.
After loading countless bags into one particular cabin, we found ourselves asking the same question, “This is only a two week cruise... Why did these guys pack so much?”
Opting to avoid the usual hassles associated with moving, they chose to travel in style and move by cruise ship. All of us on the Wilderness Adventurer thought this was the most genius idea we had ever heard.
No road trip food for these two intrepid travelers, their move would be catered. Rather than stumbling exhausted through the Juneau airport, their first steps on Alaskan soil would be in XtraTufs through the muskeg in Manzanita Bay. The first view of their new home state would be from the placid waters of the Revillagigedo channel.
Kim and Ben were doing it right.
On the second to last night of our cruise, the Wilderness Adventurer came across a small group of humpback whales displaying amazing feeding behaviors, lunging and bubble net feeding within a few hundred yards of the ship.
These were new behaviors for the veteran whale watchers, as humpbacks in Hawaii do not feed while they breed, calve and nurse.
When they arrive in Alaska, they gorge themselves in the rich waters of Southeast Alaska, doing almost nothing but eating all summer.
“If this is what it’s like here,” Ben said. “I think we’re ready to start working!”