|Linda Holding Banana Slugs|
|Tongass National Forest|
As John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” I set out for uncharted territory today on a wee bit of an expedition to shore in the Bay of Pillars on Kuiu Island located in Chattham Strait. They bay has a rich lush green appeal to it with snow capped mountains for a beautiful mid spring day in Southeast Alaska with the sun coming from the clouds to make a wee appearance. I set ashore to take part in a guest hike on a part of Kuiu Island that no one (as in the naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions) has set foot on. A wee bit of bushwalking threw the western hemlock & Sitka Spruce trail that was filled with moss & lichens. The vegetation was a healthy lush green. I was lucky enough to see Linda, a naturalist for Lindbald Expeditions, find a couple of banana slugs & put them in her hands to explain the characteristics of them to the group. I found out that they carry both male & female genes. The forest was great today. I especially enjoyed my time away from the boat soaking up some of the rich pure Alaskan fresh air to rejuvenate my spirits. I didn’t come across any bears, but found a fee moose droppings & found out the moose is in the deer family. It’s been a lovely day to explore the richness of the Tongass National Forest.