We awoke this morning to bright skies, a welcome change from yesterday’s rain. For our morning hikes, we anchored in Ideal Cove and explored the recently updated U.S. Forest Service trail. Some hikers opted for a longer, faster hike; they took in the wonders of the lush Tongass National Forest, including an unusually raging stream and calm lakes. Other hikers took a slower pace, stopping frequently to use their newly acquired photography skills. Mushrooms, mosses, lichens, berries, and friends in the foreground, with towering trees and vibrant understory plants in the background — it made for amazing photos.

Although the scenery changed, the photo opportunities continued into the afternoon. The glassy water of LeConte Bay was punctuated by massive icebergs, marbled murrelets, harbor seals, and National Geographic Sea Bird explorers. The dynamic clouds with rays of sun bursting through, and the mountains tiered in shades of gray, provided a dramatic setting in every direction.

We entered Wrangell Narrows, passing the town of Petersburg, on the way to our next adventure.