Sailing through the wild, pristine, refreshing slice of heaven known as Southeast Alaska, one finds themselves constantly awestruck and “embosomed in scenery so hopeless beyond description,” as the famous naturalist John Muir once said of this amazing place.
From whales to glaciers to the unlimited open space, places like these give us that precious opportunity to slow down, stretch our legs, breathe deep, and reconnect a bit with that beautiful natural world all around us.
This week we found ourselves in a number of extraordinary places – one of which was a sunny and blue-sky day in Endicott Arm – an impossibly dramatic and breath-taking fjord of dramatic glacially-carved cliffs and incredibly blue-green turquoise water.
In small skiffs we were able to push deeper into the inner reaches of the fjord, where we found a wonderland of inquisitive harbor seals, floating ice of all imaginable shapes and sizes, majestic mountains stoically staring down upon us, and of course, the mighty Dawes Glacier coursing her way down out of the upper reaches of the mountains and terminating in a casual offering of herself to the ocean in interesting, irreverent, and intriguing intervals.
Always amazing, always impressive, always wild – Alaska never ceases to excite and inspire.