Travelers undertaking a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition arrive well-prepared for any weather conditions. Fortunately, the weather in Southeast Alaska has been uncharacteristically pleasant. I write this report sitting on the bow in shorts and a tee-shirt under bluebird skies. Energized by the heat, rufous hummingbirds zip back and forth between the forests of Misty Fjords National Monument and National Geographic Sea Bird. Though not misty, the area is scenic in any and all conditions.

The morning sun warmed the waters for kayakers who adventured through Rudyerd Bay. Paddling from shore to shore, the outing was highlighted by sightings of Pacific loons and belted kingfishers. Back on board, head chef Eric Seabury and his galley team crafted an unbelievable lunch to fuel the afternoon’s adventures. The afternoon brought with it the chance to cruise in Zodiacs through God’s Pocket. In this area whose name befits the scenic views it provides, the natural bounty of Southeast Alaska made itself apparent. Blueberry, salmonberry, and huckleberry bushes were in full bloom as fishes cruised the fjord walls. Though unusual in its calm weather, today proved the perfect introduction to this wonderful part of the world.