I grab my binoculars and head to the bow. Sure enough, a humpback whale has just rocketed out of the water some six or seven hundred yards away.
I was shocked to see the enormous splash of a breaching whale on the horizon. We all stopped paddling and watched, breathless, as the humpback continuously breached.
There’s nothing quite like standing at a glacier, squishing your hands into a pile of mud, and rubbing it all over your face. It’s like a facial with nature’s soap.
At times, I felt as though I was in Disney World. It didn’t seem real that I was so close to wild bears.
While some moments are stolen in solitude or inside jokes with fellow crew, all are a perfect reflection of just how incredibly lucky we are to have spent an entire summer exploring Southeast Alaska aboard the Wilderness Explorer.