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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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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Day 1 For our 11th cruise of the 2017 season, the Mist Cove was delighted to welcome two groups of returnees back to the Tongass: members of the Defenders of Wildlife board and executive team, and also Suze Orman and KT Travis. Both brought members of their families who had not experienced the Tongass before. We got off to a…

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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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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 in the branch of a tree….

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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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Liseron Trip #9 Sitka to Juneau July 8-15

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  Sunday July 9th The Liseron set out from Sitka on a pleasant summer Sunday afternoon with our small contingent of 9 guests. We made our way out to St. Lazaria Island, where numerous seabirds nest, and our guests spotted rhinoceros auklets, tufted puffins, common murres, Pacific loons, and pelagic cormorants on and around the volcanic remnant. As we turned…

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Liseron Trip #8 Juneau to Sitka July 1st- 8th

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Sawyer glacier was remarkably active when the Liseron visited. Several large falls of ice crashed to the water, but the really big one came down just before we departed. The entire middle section of the glacier let loose with a great thundering roar, sending sea water splashing over a hundred feet into the air, and waves crashing against the shores…

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Liseron Trip #7 Sitka to Juneau June 25th-July 1st

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  We arrived at Hanus Bay on our first morning with an extremely low tide, and were greeted by many eagles along the shoreline, most of them juveniles. Most of our guests set off on the trail to Lake Eva and enjoyed their first walk through the lush green rainforest environment of southeast Alaska. Three guests hiked up along the…

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Mist Cove Trip #7 Juneau to Sitka June 24 – July 1

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Day 1 The Mist Cove’s seventh cruise of the 2017 season began in Juneau on a cloudy but dry day. As usual, upon our departure from Juneau we cruised south along the mainland coast through Gastineau Channel and Stephens Passage, entered the Tracy Arm–Ford’s Terror National Wilderness late in the afternoon, then made our way up Endicott Arm to our…

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