Just a couple of days from the start-up of the 2017 season, returning crew members from the Mist Cove say it was the best pre-season training and season preparation yet! Reasons for their enthusiasm include mostly good weather and calm seas while bringing the vessels back to Alaska from Puget Sound, where they spend the winter; outstanding camaraderie among new and returning crew; and the opportunity to explore a few exciting new places for guest activities this season.
Following two very warm, low-snow winters in Southeast Alaska, the Tongass National Forest rebounded during the winter of 2016-17 to produce a more normal snowfall without going to any extremes. While the snow line is still quite low and spring has yet to fully blossom, this bodes well for marine life and wildlife to transition slowly into a healthy and productive summer. This year’s first guests on the Mist Cove and Liseron will have the exciting opportunity to experience the full unfolding of spring in Southeast Alaska!
This week we were thrilled to see the arctic terns return from Antarctica. With the longest annual migration of any creature, on our flyway these graceful, long-living birds fly around 22,000 miles round-trip, and nearly twice as far in some parts of the world.
Captains and crew of the Liseron and Mist Cove are excited to get the season underway and welcome our first guests on Sunday, May 14th!