It was a beautiful morning in Berg Bay and the crab pots were full! Our crews spent some time exploring the shoreline by dinghy and admiring the many waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides into the sea. Then it was time to load up, raise anchor and head off for the day. This process is beginning to feel like second nature and will surely be seamless by the end of the trip.
Today’s trip was a short one, and we cruised into the charming little town of Wrangell in the early afternoon and got situated in the local harbor. Wrangell is a small town of about 2,000 people. The town’s economy is largely based in tourism these days and the lack of cruise traffic last summer took a serious toll. Only the smaller cruise ships dock in Wrangell and it maintains a very authentic, Alaskan working town feel. All of the locals we talked to were incredibly friendly and seemed genuinely excited to see tourists back in their town.
The rain kept up so we gratefully took a ride into town from a local tour operator. A group of us went to tour the Wrangell Museum. We were pleasantly surprised by the in-depth, quality exhibits depicting the history of the native people who have inhabited these lands for thousands of years as well as the boom-and-bust history of the fur trading, logging and mining years after the arrival of the Russians, British and Americans. After the museum, we poked around the local souvenir shops and restocked on some groceries.
Some of our crews went out for dinner to sample the local cuisine, while others settled down for a freshly caught crab dinner onboard. As the rainy evening faded into night our fleet glowed with light warmth and cheer. The card games, drinks and laughter came out and we all felt as if there were no place we’d rather be.
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