Liseron Trip #16 2017 August 26 – September 2

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As we sailed out of Juneau down Stephens Passage, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset over Xootsnuwoo (Admiralty) Island. A group of five or six humpback whales was cruising along the shoreline as we made our way towards our evening anchorage near the Saachdaan Glacier. We watched a bald eagle soaring on thermal updrafts near the mouth of Red Bluff Bay….

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Mist Cove Trip #16 August 27–September 2

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Day 1 An early change of season was in the air as we started our last cruise of 2017. Although it was cloudy, breezy, and feeling fall-like, the weather was dry as we headed out of Sitka Sound for the last time. Upon passing through the narrow waterways of Olga and Neva Straits, past Salisbury Sound and into Schulze Cove,…

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Liseron Trip #15 August 19-26 Sitka to Juneau

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Monday August 21st Kayaking during a low tide in Suloia Bay, we encountered this belted kingfisher, contemplating the morning’s solar eclipse. The eclipse only covered 60% of the sun at our latitude north of Sitka, and the clouds covered the rest. Strong gusts from the east prevented us from anchoring near the mouth of Peril Strait, where even this rainbow…

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Mist Cove Trip #15 2017 Sitka to Juneau August 19-26

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Day 1 The Mist Cove’s penultimate cruise of 2017 began in Juneau in fine form, with nice weather and a great new group of guests. Cruising down Gastineau Channel to the south, we made our way through Stephens Passage and into the mainland coastline’s Holkham Bay for a quiet night on the anchor at a place called Wood Spit—a terminal…

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Mist Cove trip #14 Sitka to Juneau August 12-19

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M/V Mist Cove 2017 Trip 14 Itinerary, August 13–19 Day 1 A soggy afternoon did nothing to dampen guests’ enthusiasm upon shuttling from the hotel to the Mist Cove to start our fourteenth cruise of the 2017 season. After passing through Sitka Sound and Olga and Neva Straits, guests dined at anchor in Sukoi Inlet off Salisbury Sound, where we…

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Liseron Trip #14 Juneau to Sitka August 12-19

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August 14th We enjoyed a morning in Tracy Arm, visiting the Sawyer Glacier, and picked up the Tongass National Forest Wilderness Kayak Rangers from an island near the glacier. They came aboard and spoke with our guests about their work and about the meaning of wilderness. We dropped them off at the bottom of the fjord at another one of…

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Mist Cove Trip #13 August 5th – 12 Juneau to Sitka

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Sunday, August 6th Our embarkation day started out smoothly: guests were greeted at 1400 at the Baranof Hotel, walked down to the boat, and shown to their staterooms. We were underway in the beautiful Juneau sun after crew and guest introductions and a safety briefing. Unfortunately, because of an electrical steering failure, Mist Cove had to head back to Juneau…

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Liseron Trip #13 Sitka to Juneau August 6-12th

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  Monday August 7th On the Lake Eva Trail we saw a young brown bear fishing along the shores of the estuary. Hikers watched a red squirrel preparing for winter, making some insulating mulch from Sitka spruce cones. Our kayakers were fortunate to see a group of nine humpback whales bubble net feeding in Peril Strait while we explored the…

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Liseron trip #12 July 30th – August 5th Juneau to Sitka

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July 31st    We enjoyed a rare day of clear sunshine at the Young (Dawes) Glacier, and were fortunate to see several large ice-falls. The glacier is dropping ice very actively as it backs up the great Endicott Arm fjord. Tongass National Forest Wilderness Kayak Ranger Christine Ford came onboard and shared information about the wilderness designation and characteristics with…

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Liseron Trip #11 Sitka to Juneau July 22-29

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Monday July 23rd  We spotted some sea stars on the shores of Hanus Bay, which appear to be struggling with the “sea star wasting syndrome” that has plagued the Pacific coast since 2014. A more healthy mottled sea star would have calcareous white bumps covering every leg, as this one has at its center.   As we hiked the Lake Eva…

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