THIS TRIP IS PROBABLY FULL, WAITING ON A DECISION FROM ONE WOMAN. But if she doesn’t sign up, there is one spot for a woman (because of sleeping arrangements). Let me know asap if you’re interested.
Once again we return to Southeast Alaska after a 2016 hiatus. After many years of doing this trip, it has become one of my favorites. We get to see some of the best of the best in Southeast Alaska.
We leave Juneau on August 5 on our liveaboard boat, the 50-foot Delphinus. The boat can take up to eight passengers, and we have a captain and first mate/naturalist who are both extremely knowledgeable about natural history. Captain Ronn Patterson has an extensive background in whale biology. Also aboard we’ll have an amazing cook (look for fresh fish, fresh-baked goodies and much more), plus me as your photo advisor. As needed, I’ll be giving you photo tips and Photoshop techniques. Access to Juneau and Wrangell is via Alaska Airlines jet.
We are in prime humpback whale country much of the time, and with luck we’ll see them breaching and playing. We also see orcas in the area, although due to their wandering habits, we can’t guarantee sightings. Dall porpoises often ride our bow in Seymour Canal. We keep the itinerary flexible to allow for maximum time with wildlife and also to allow for weather (although since we’re on the Inside Passage the whole time weather is usually calm). Another “must” stop is Pack Creek, where we will have the opportunity to photograph brown bears fishing right in front of us. Pack Creek is at the north end of Admiralty Island, nicknamed “Fortress of the Bears” because of the high density of brown bears. Often the cubs entertain us with their antics. We’ll motor up into the Ice Kingdom, getting close to Dawes Glacier with its gigantic calving icebergs. If tides permit, we’ll squeeze into Fords Terror, a beautiful fjord reminiscent of Norway. We may kayak in beautiful Windfall Harbor, explore some old cannery and totem pole ruins. Sometimes we anchor in The Brothers Islands, where the roaring from a nearby sea lion colony lulls us to sleep. Beachcombing, wandering through the green “cathedrals” of ancient rainforest, and birdwatching are added pluses. Bald eagles are everywhere.
A highlight of the trip will be a stop at Anan Creek, with its congregations of both black and brown bears fishing at a lovely waterfall. After we get off the Delphinus in Wrangell, we’ll make a half-day jetboat trip to Shakes Lake, and if the glacier ice isn’t too thick, we’ll go up to the face of Shakes Glacier. This is my 17th year of leading these trips and trust me, this is one of the best, a dream come true and in so many wonderful ways, a life-changing adventure. Contact me and I can send you the highly detailed itinerary. The trip ends August 13.
This trip will fill quickly; I have had a lot of people express interest. Don’t delay in signing up!
We can take up to eight passengers. There are four tiny “staterooms” for sleeping. We have plenty of plugs for laptops and battery recharging. The food is amazing, with fresh fish, homemade bread and cookies and much more. You are served by three crew: veteran Captain Ronn (a whale biologist who has been cruising these waters for over 40 years); our first mate, and cook. Trip leader Betty will share her knowledge of photography and digital post-processing with you.
The trip is first come, first served. A $500 deposit per person holds your place. Cost is $4795, plus airfare (generally about $900 round trip from California) and hotels/meals in Wrangell and Juneau. To register, contact Dolphin Charters, www.dolphincharters.com; 1007 Leneve Place, El Cerrito CA 94530; (510) 527-9622 or (800) 472-9942. Or feel free to contact me with any questions.