Month: October 2019

Leaving Misty Fjords and Cruising to Ketchikan



It has been a struggle to reconstruct the last day’s journey without minute by minute photos. However, this map gives us a good idea of where we were and where we were going.

We came down the Behm Canal and anchored in Walker Cove. All of this is within Misty Fjords National Monument – a National Monument differs from a National Park in that it protects objects or wilderness areas of cultural, historical, and scientific value. For example, the Statue of Liberty is a National Monument.

Kathy shared these next images, taken after lunch, as we began to travel towards Ketchikan.


And some more from Lou:

This is such a beautiful area. We were feeling fortunate to have had the opportunity to play in Misty Fjords, and to soak up the reflections of the shore line, and grandeur of the fjords.

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Walker Cove in Misty Fjords National Monument

Friday, 15 July 2016


We woke up – always a good thing – in Walker Cove, a beautiful and serene body of water where the reflections were mesmerizing, especially when the water was totally calm.

My photos for this day have gone missing, but fortunately Lou saved the day by capturing the morning activities. Kathy has supplied some shots from the afternoon, and I’ve got Catherine & Beth scouring their archives.


Perhaps an 8:30am start was too early for these two sleepy heads, but they soon recovered and were off for a long kayak paddle.

It is impossible to capture a photo of all four of the Holmes family looking ahead and smiling:

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Paddle Boards and More

The afternoon was all about hanging out in the cove and paddleboarding and kayaking. We saw a bear, and two crazy girls who couldn’t get enough of splashing around.

There go Olivia and Tory … wayyyyyy far away. Watch out girls, there are bears out there.


We enjoyed a nice dinner, and had a seat where we could look out the window … and sure enough, the bear came back to check things out.

Another Alaska day done. The girls spent the evening with new friends they’d made this week. The rest of us may have attended a presentation by an expedition guide, or we (most likely) went to bed early!

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A Day in Traitor’s Cove

Thursday 14 July 2016

We were getting closer to Ketchikan, but still had two full days left. I imagine there were some folks out doing longer hikes and kayak paddles, but we did a skiff tour, then mostly hung out near the boat watching the girls have fun on (and in) the water.

Traitor’s Cove is one of the places where people fly in to see bears. While we weren’t in the prime bear viewing area, we did see a couple of bears – or maybe the same bear twice.

The people in the kayaks were not quite as close to the bear as it looks in the photos, but I remember thinking they were crowding the bear. It did not, however, seem stressed or bothered by humans floating in bright colored tubes.

As an aside, Lou and I paid about $750 each for a one day fly in trip to see bears in 2013. We saw no bears. We would have been ecstatic to see even one bear on the edge of the creek. It has been somewhat commonplace on this trip.

Folks from one of the early Skiff Tours zipping back to the boat:

Our group was called for our Skiff Tour and we set off. It was … interesting. We saw beautiful scenery, of course. Lots of eagles, and some very creepy seal skulls 💀

Kinda creepy, huh. Zombie seal skulls coming after us …

More beautiful scenery:

Back to the boat well before lunch, so time to play with kayaks and paddle boards. It certainly was a very pretty area, and we were enjoying some overcast skies, after having all that sunshine the past two weeks!

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Blog Update

On one hand, I feel like I should apologize for inundating you with so many posts these past few weeks. On the other hand, I am feeling very happy about catching up on some of our past trips, and getting the blog organized. Thank you for the continued support! All of these updated reports can be found in the More Travel Stories links on the right hand side of the page.

Week Two of our 2016 Family & Friends Uncruise Adventure is almost complete – just a couple days left to go.


I have also re-organized the 2018 Galápagos Expedition, so it is now easier to follow. And it is never too late if our travel partners would like to share photos or stories.


The posts for our first week of the most recent 2019 Alaska Adventure to Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park have also been linked together.


Our 2012 Photo Safari to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks has been reorganized and linked to make it easier to find and follow.


There are still more travel stories to organize, but we are making progress! Now to make some plans for new adventures.

Wrangell, Elevation +/- 10 Feet

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After lunch, we motored towards Wrangell, our destination for the afternoon. A small city, it has become popular as a destination for smaller ships. It offers a chance to get a glimpse of life in small town Alaska, as well as opportunities to learn more about Tlingit history and culture.

Most of us followed our guides to Chief Shakes Tribal House, where we heard stories and musical presentations about life in the past. Lou chose to wander around town, and he saved the day. He took lots of photos, so we have something to share, since there were no photos allowed in the Tribal House..

The Chief Shakes Tribal House was restored and rededicated in 2013. It holds an important place in Tlingit History, and many of the totems were carved by master carvers and their apprentices.
This was taken at an earlier Restoration in 1940
Our group waits to go into the Tribal House

As I mentioned already, Lou skipped the Chief and wandered through town, taking photos of stuff he liked. He did the same during our 2013 visit, and always comes up with interesting photos. It’s a good thing, because I didn’t take any photos until we got back to the ship.


I’m sure there was a reason Lou took this photo, maybe he can share with us.


My favorite from Lou’s collection:

We set our course for Misty Fjords, and tried not to think about our time on the Wilderness Discoverer coming to an end in just a couple of days.

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