Alaska

6/7: Marooned in the Magoun Islands

Our last full day on the Wilderness Explorer has arrived – we are at a quiet anchorage in the Magoun Islands. We weren’t actually marooned at the islands, it just sounds more adventurous than “Anchored in the Magoun Islands.” The weather has improved, and the morning views are nice.  The view at 4:30am shows promise:

The lounge is nice and peaceful at quarter to five:

The clouds are rolling in at 8:30am, but we geared up for our final skiff tour. Didn’t want to miss our very last chance to see something strange and wonderful. It was nice to see a bald eagle on our last Un-Cruise day; we also saw several nests:

The forests were thick with trees – lots of good bear hiding places but we didn’t see any today:

We’ll count this as a successful last outing – I was out for the afternoon, and I think Lou just took it easy as well. Today’s adventure options included snorkeling and the polar plunge. Surprisingly, we skipped both!

The evening included the usual final night Captain’s dinner and a slide presentation of photos taken by the guides during the week – there are some excellent photographers in this group!

A few more photos from the evening, taken between 7:30 – 10:30pm:

This really was a beautiful anchorage, and we were fortunate to have the return of mostly good weather.   It may seem like these last two days weren’t the most exciting, but it was a pleasant way to end our 3 Week Ultra Adventure.  Tomorrow morning we cruise into Sitka, and we’ll get to see the largest city in the US.

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