Icy Straight Point was probably my favorite stop even though it didn’t have a local yarn store. We had to take a tender to the island from the boat because it was too small to dock on. When we arrived, we were greeted by an eagle at the dock before going on our first excursion, the ATV expedition.
This excursion was Darren’s idea and I am so glad we did it. We got to go a little further inland than we had on any previous trips and ride through a dirt road in the forest. The ride was pretty bumpy and there was plenty of fresh bear poop, but we didn’t run into any actual bears. I think the ATVs scared them away.
Our tour guide lived in Hoonah as did all the tour guides for the excursions, and thus could tell us all about what island life was like. That was pretty awesome; the natives hunt, fish and gather berries, basically eating off of the land, with a few exceptions. They have a lot of pride in their island, and it was really nice to go on an excursion from a cruise boat where the people that lived on the island wanted visitors to have an authentic experience.
We had a delicious lunch of halibut and chips, and hung out, doing a little shopping before our next excursion. I found a booth of a woman selling jewelry she made out of glass beads she also made. It was so beautiful I bought 3 pairs of earrings and a necklace from her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t sell online, so I can’t get more unless I go back to Alaska. This handmade jewelry definitely made up for the lack of local yarn store. The orange beads that look like berries are salmonberries, a popular berry that grows in Alaska. I couldn’t resist buying the necklace to match.
After some shopping, we went on a 2nd excursion, the forest and nature tram. We went to the beach and I took lots of pictures of great color combinations. This one is my favorites.
Up next, glacier bay scenic cruising, and a day at sea