We have returned from our adventure traveling the inside passages of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia.
We saw glaciers, so enormous it was difficult to comprehend their size, and canyons reminiscent of Yosemite’s Half Dome lined side by side for miles. We saw seals and eagles, sea birds and porpoise. I spent long days staring at steel gray waves as rain splashed against the wraparound cockpit enclosure. The quiet sameness of those days gave me time to rest, before a burst of blue sky and parting clouds revealed snow-capped peaks in the cleft of forested mountains, prompting me to grab the camera.
Whales and blue skies were scarce, but everything that wasn’t was filled with what was.
Although the glaciers were the most dramatic landscape we saw, the beauty of still coves after a lumpy day on the water was charming–seals fishing by the shore popping up to catch a glimpse of two stealth intruders in a raft, a blue heron sweeping behind to land on a water-bound log, a pair of eagles balanced on the apex of a tree talking to each other, the clouds, pink and cumulus far down the channel that we could see behind a small island, the sound of laughter.
There was much to capture my attention, which will take a few days to unfurl. More to come.