During our sixth day on the Island Spirit through Alaska’s Inside Passage we slowly cruised from our anchorage in Hamilton Bay near Kake on the west coast of sheltered Kupreanof Island on the Frederick Sound to Baranof Island. We cruised into Chatham Strait into two bays on the east side of Baranof Island.
The strait has a greater profusion of sea otters this year than usual, Jeff, the captain of our ship, says. We saw many of them lying on their backs in the classic otter pose.
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On Baranof Island we first explored Takatz Bay, where I kayaked for just the second time in my life. The kayak silently got me closer to the wildlife and birdlife than possible on a ship.