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Akeeva - Friends in Fords Terror

by Sam Landsman 17 Jul 08:37 PDT
Akeeva - Friends in Fords Terror © Anna Serra

A few hours after we got to Auke Bay, two more friends arrived: Erika, who we went to college with, and Josh, her partner. The next day, with six of us aboard Akeeva, we headed to Endicott Arm, Dawes Glacier, and Ford's Terror. Even after 15-plus visits, this little section of Alaska delights. The combination of moderate travel distances, protected water, magnificent fjord scenery, wildlife, solitude, and a tidewater glacier have me bringing friends and family back over and over again.

Our first stop was Tracy Arm Cove. Visitors bring with them a new sense of wonder about Alaska: they want to take a picture of the first iceberg they see (it's faaaaaaarrrrrr away), bald eagles and seals are fascinating, every waterfall gets a mention. After spending some time here, we get a little more selective about what excites us. Guests help remind us just how special and dramatic this place is.

We launched the dinghy as soon as we arrived at Tracy Arm Cove. We visited icebergs, collected ice for cocktails, and explored the shoreline a bit, but mostly spent the day catching up with each other. Between geography (Emmy and Patrick live in Denver, Erika and Josh in Berlin), Covid, and job obligations it had been far too long since we'd all gathered. We were having such a nice time that I forgot to take pictures.

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