As the sun rose over Admiralty Island, National Geographic Venture slowly cruised along Chatham Strait looking for wildlife. We saw numerous individual whales, pairs, and cow/calf pairs! Eventually the National Geographic Venture slowly approached our afternoon landing site, Lake Eva. This well-groomed trail along a very active salmon spawning stream is one of our favorite hikes in Southeast Alaska. Not only were there plenty of spawning salmon, but we ended up seeing a mom with two cubs catching their lunch near a small waterfall in this productive stream! In total, there were eight bears sighted during our stay. We kayaked, paddle boarded, and hiked in this spectacular environment. Under blue skies, we ended the day with an invigorating “Polar Plunge” into the Alaskan waters.