It's a Good Time to Be in Alaska

09-27-2019

By Dani Hammond, Expedition Guide on the Wilderness Explorer

The crisp air of fall has settled upon us. The Sitka Alder and Black Cottonwood trees blaze in hues of yellow and orange. The scrubby mountainsides of Glacier Bay appear golden in the shimmering sun. The contrasting colors provide an excellent and rare opportunity to photograph some of the most spectacular autumn vistas.

Although not everyone may sing the praises of cooler air and the occasional heavy rain, I think this may be one of the best seasons to visit Southeast Alaska. There is still plenty of wildlife on the move. The Humpback whales are still waving their goodbyes before heading south for the winter, as are the many migratory birds congregating in flocks among the marshes of Southeast Alaska’s soggy coastlines.

Brown bears are getting their last few morsels of the delicious spawning salmon and feasting on the remnants of blueberry season.

The cool air is perfect for hiking and kayaking. It is also the time of year to spot an aurora borealis. If only we could all be so lucky!

The wonders of Southeast Alaska are vast, and in the fall, they seem even brighter. It’s a good time to be here.

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