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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All photos by Naturalist Kenneth O’Brien   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…

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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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All photos by Naturalist Kenneth O’Brien 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….

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Mist Cove Trip #12 Sitka to Juneau July 29-August 5

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Similar to previous 2017 cruises, the Mist Cove’s twelfth cruise of the 2017 season began on a beautiful day in Sitka with a chance of rain predicted for each day of the cruise. A group of friends from Atlanta, Georgia and vicinity chartered the boat with high expectations for fly fishing, hiking and other activities, and as usual, they were…

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Mist Cove Trip #11 Juneau to Sitka July 22-29

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Mist Cove trip #10 July 15-22 Sitka to Juneau

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Day 1 On a lovely afternoon, the Mist Cove’s tenth week of the 2017 season began with a beautiful cruise through Sitka Sound, the narrow Olga and Neva Straits, across Salisbury Sound and through the even skinnier Sergius Narrows to our first overnight anchorage among Peril Strait’s Eva Islands. Day 2 With an expansive view across Peril Strait to Chichagof…

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M/V Liseron Trip #10 Juneau to Sitka July 16-22

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All photos by Naturalist Kenneth O’Brien July 17th  At the Young (Dawes) Glacier we saw several large falls of ice crash to the water, creating new icebergs for all to enjoy. We anchored south of Harbor Island and sent groups out to fish and hike. As we walked among the mosses and ferns, we came across an eagle feather hanging…

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Mist Cove Trip #9 Juneau to Sitka July 8-15

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Day 1 Casting off from Juneau on a rainy July afternoon, the Mist Cove began Trip 9 of the 2017 season by cruising down Gastineau Channel and into Stephens Passage between the mainland and Admiralty Island, then on to Holkham Bay’s Woodspit for our first overnight anchorage. In the late afternoon guests learned about glaciers from the ship’s naturalist to…

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Mist Cove Trip #8 Sitka to Juneau July 1-8

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Day 1 Departing Sitka on a cloudy afternoon, the Mist Cove steamed north across the top of Sitka Sound, through Olga and Neva Straits and past Salisbury Sound to Baranof Island’s Fish Bay, where we dropped the anchor for the night. Guests were greeted there by a brown bear that was munching beach grass near enough to be seen well…

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