We left Skagway behind and ended up at Icy Strait Point, within, what else, Icy Strait. The point is near the town of Hoonan on the northern edge of Chichagof Island. It is also very close to Glacier Bay National Park. This is the smallest port we stopped at. The point is owned by about 1350 Alaskan natives from the Huna Tlingit tribe.
Since Steve keeps talking about owning his own boat, I gave him a chance to be captain. We chose another very different shore excursion. We signed up for a coastal exploration by 4 person zodiac. Steve was captain of the boat. We were given bright yellow duck suits as rain gear, with black accenting rubber boots. Another couple was brave enough to join our crew. We climbed into the zodiac, received a 5 minute explanation of how it worked and took off. Although there wasn't a whole lot of spray there was a lot of cold wind. I was thankful for the duck suit.
We saw several momma bears and her cubs along the shore. We also saw river otter and a sea lion basking in the sun. Didn't see any whales. Steve was having a great time piloting his ship. He got to jump a few waves and weave in and out of the wakes of other zodiacs.
We had the chance to see some of the native Alaskans perform some dances. I also took a short hike through the rain forest on the island. This is a new port of call for cruise lines. It supports the Alaskan natives. I hope that the cruise lines will continue to stop at this port.