Into the Tongass — A Small Ship Cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage

“One is borne smoothly over calm blue waters, through the midst of countless forest-clad islands” — John Muir

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The mile-wide face of the Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
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U. S. Forest Service map of the Tongass, with National Monuments and Wilderness Areas
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Staff at Sitka National Historic park show their Tlingit tribal craft work.
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Detail of a 1982 recreation of a crest pole depicting the heraldic emblems of the Yaadaas clan of Kaigani Haida.
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Bald Eagle in recovery quarters at the Raptor Center
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Low rounded islands were shaped by glacier action. Sharp peaks stood above the ice.
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Brown bears are excellent swimmers. Photo: Courtesy Linda Abbey
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Naturalist Brittany shows the variety of marine life in the tide pools of Cedar Cove
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Surprise find on a wilderness island
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Huna Tribal House at Bartlett Cove
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Beach with lone brown bear on the shoreline
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NPS ranger Nicole points to features of the glacier terminus. Mount Fairweather is in the far distance.
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Mendenhall Glacier and Nuggett Falls from the Visitor Center
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An intense blue iceberg floats near the Alaskan Dream in Tracy Arm
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Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. One design highlighted with broken shells
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Greeter in traditional Eagle clan robe at Chief Shakes House, Wrangell
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Retired log grappling hook welcomes visitors to Thorne Bay
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Memorial whale totem on the trail to Chief Son-I-Hat’s Whale House
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Early morning in Misty Fjords National Monument

I photograph and write about Gardens, Nature, Travel, and the history of Silicon Valley from my home on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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