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A gloriously sunny third day started with a hike across a creek and along bear trails in northeastern Baranof Island.

With a little time to spare before lunch, we took out two kayaks for an unscheduled jaunt around the bay -- the only hour of the week that I left my camera behind.

With nothing but my cell phone camera on me, we encountered a bald eagle up close in the brush, and were too mesmerized to notice the bear sauntering up towards us along the shore.

Remarkably, we were able to follow the bear at close range for 45 minutes(!) as he wandered up the shoreline. Thanks to Michael Newnam for catching us, and catching the bear on video.

If that weren't enough, we got back on the boat for lunch and traveled up Chatham Strait, where we encountered some huge humpback whales who swam right under us and lept into the air repeatedly in full breach.

Sun, eagles, bears, whales... we were quite spoiled that day.

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