Ahoy there, fellow explorers! It was an exhilarating day aboard National Geographic Quest as we ventured to Ushk Bay. Our expedition was filled with captivating activities and glimpses into the awe-inspiring world of Alaska's wildlife.

As we anchored in the pristine Ushk Bay, the excitement was palpable. Dividing into three groups, we embarked on invigorating hikes. Our destination was the river, where a remarkable spectacle awaited us. Along the riverbanks, we were treated to the extraordinary sight of large groups of vibrant pink salmon making their arduous journey upstream. It was a natural phenomenon that left us in awe of the resilience and determination of these remarkable creatures.

As we observed the salmon's impressive efforts, signs of brown bear activity became apparent. Fresh tracks and markings indicated that these magnificent animals had been feasting on the abundant salmon. Our hearts raced with anticipation as we scanned the area, hoping for a chance to witness these apex predators in action. Despite our hopes, luck was not on our side in terms of spotting the bears directly. However, the mere presence of their tracks and the evidence of their feeding habits reminded us of the intricate web of life that thrives in these pristine wilderness areas. Even without a visual sighting, we were left with a deep appreciation for the delicate balance of nature and the role each species plays in the ecosystem.

As we concluded our hikes and returned to National Geographic Quest, we carried with us memories of the stunning landscapes, the powerful displays of nature's cycles, and the thrill of being a part of such a diverse and intricate ecosystem. Our journey through Ushk Bay was a reminder of the raw beauty and untamed wonders that Alaska has to offer. Until our next adventure!