The ship is our home. Every week, we welcome new members to our family. The Wilderness Discoverer takes us to places people only dream of seeing in their lifetimes. Today we enter Walker Cove in the Misty Fiords National Monument. It is the last day of the southbound trip, and our guests are starting to pack their things in preparation to return to their homes around the world.
The towering rock walls of Walker Cove dwarf the Wilderness Discoverer. It seems like a waterfall appears every few feet. Traces of wet dirt, cedar, moss and salt are inhaled with every breath. In a place like this, it's difficult to linger on worries or uncertainties. Everything just dissolves away. Serene. Time means nothing in a place like this.
Tom Robbins once described the Pacific Northwest as having "a blurry beauty (as if the Creator had started to erase it, but had second thoughts)..." Walker Cove has just that; a blurry beauty teeming with mystery. It's the perfect finale to a trip through Southeast Alaska. I am so lucky to get to share this place with our wonderful family from around the world.
So tomorrow, when we dock in Ketchikan, and we have to say goodbye to the friends we have made, there will be hugs, there will be laughter, and maybe a few tears. But our friends will take away memories of this place that they will never forget, and we will all part ways, changed for the better, for having experienced the beauty of Walker Cove.