After lunch, we docked at Baranof Island and hiked first to Baranof Lake and then to the hot springs nearby. Mom and I opted not to go in either the lake or the hot springs, but I enjoyed the scenery. While we didn't spot any wildlife, we did spot a bear print in the mud! The crew members who came along brought chocolate and champagne for everyone to enjoy in the hot springs. While enjoying the hot springs, the sun decided to come out from behind the clouds and it turned into a beautiful afternoon! I stopped to take photos quite a few times on the way back down to the dock. I also learned that skunk cabbage is definitely named for its smell.
We then made our way to our overnight spot in Takatz Harbor where we we went out for a skiff ride before dinner. We saw a few other boats and got a tour of the salmon fishery there. They raise salmon to the fry size in net pens and then release them into the wild. The fish we saw were just about ready to be released. We also learned that one smart humpback whale has somehow figured out when the fry are released and comes to feed on the poor young salmon. All the hard work of Benji and Lindsay (who man this fishery) gone in one big gulp! Edward, one of our fellow passengers, entertained us at dinner by trying to figure out a solution to the whale problem.
Photos from day 3 are below. As before, click on any of them to enlarge.
Morning View of Redbluff Bay
Bald Eagle (if you look closely)
Bald Eagle in flight
Best pictures I got of Sunburst Starfish
Falls from around Redbluff
Redbluff as we were leaving
Bear print in the mud
Baranof Lake through trees
View from hot springs
Top hot springs pool (which was too hot to go in)
Looking back at the path to get down to hot springs
Skunk Cabbage (a favorite spring food of bear)
Safari Quest at the Dock
Funky titled houses on shore as we approached the dock from hike
Shots from skiff ride at Takatz
Salmon Fishery at Takatz
Reflection of mountains on the water