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Reflections of a Season

10-15-2012

As they headed southbound from Alaska, returning to Seattle on their final trip of the season, the crew of the Wilderness Discoverer reflected upon the season and the question: “What was your most memorable, favorite moment of the season, since you first stepped onboard the Wilderness Discoverer?”

Alex – Overall, it was the surprise of how close I got to people and how many good times we had.

Aldo – Falling into the water off the paddleboard!

Alison – It was my final camping trip of the season. It was a great group of people, with beautiful weather, no bugs – couldn’t have been better.

Amanda – It was like a constant laugh track with the deck crew this season – I mean, snorting laughs. We just laughed so much everyday.

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Lots of laughter.

Angela – Driving my first full skiff tour – it was through Ford’s Terror.

Annie – Hiking the Petersburg Mountain Trail with a really good group of people. ….Or waking up to the sound of bergie bits along the hull of the boat as we approached the glaciers.

Blythe – It was a mid-season Friday night, just after Captain’s Dinner, and we were just surrounded by a swarm of activity – humpback whales, harbor seals, birds.

Chella – The bonding that happens with guests on a long hike, like the hike and paddle to Patterson Glacier, and the shared sense of accomplishment.

Chelsea – After five years of anticipating this moment, I finally got the opportunity to wake guests and crew in the middle of the night for northern lights.

Danny – It was the overall experience of working on something new.

Dano – Taking the vessel through Dry Pass for the first time as Master of the WND. It’s really exciting navigation.

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This wasn't his favorite moment, but we like seeing Captain Dano decorating cookies in the galley!

Evan – Driving the DIBs by the glaciers and watching them calve. I grew up around mountains, but glaciers are really something special. There were some great calvings this season.

Jeff – Traveling between all of the boats and getting to meet all of the different crews

Jesse- We’re not done yet! I can’t fully reflect on the majesty of Alaska or some such stuff while I’m still here.

Jo – When we had all of the whales breaching around us. And the orcas – when we get to see orcas…..there’s just something about them. They’re not a given. They’re so beautiful.

Jon – Skiff tours at the glaciers!

Justin – The bubblenet feeding humpback whales.

Kathrine – The downtime, when we’re not working, and we get to just hang out with guests and crew alike.

Kristen – It was the excitement and adrenaline of starting something new as I embarked guests for the first trip of the season.

Lee – Anan bear observatory. Hiking on Baird Glacier was also a highlight – it was even better than last year.

Liz – Bubblenet feeding humpback whales.

Mark – Anan.

Michael – Northern Lights…and the floatplane trip I took out of Ketchikan on my vacation, into Punchbowl Cove [where we go in Misty Fjords].

Nicole – Flipping a kayak for my first self-rescue attempt, dealing with the fear of being upside down under water, and then successfully rescuing myself on the second try.

Paul – Our crew’s “Christmas in July” party, and then unknowingly shooting my Secret Santa with the water gun she gave me.

Shaun – Going with Lee to Anan.

Ryan – The first time we went to the Brother’s Islands on skiff tours. There were sea lions all around. It was crazy. I was like a school kid.

Thank you to all guests and crew aboard the Wilderness Discoverer for a successful 2012 Alaska season!

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Crew pile!



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