We enjoyed our 32-hour 400-mile sail on the Inside Passage from Juneau to Prince Rupert aboard the MV Malaspina.

We left early in the fog but had bluebird skies for the entire passage. A highlight was an extraordinary number of humpback whale sightings in the vicinity of Admiralty Island.

At landfall we were still only partway through British Columbia and 3600 miles from home. We were happy to get back to van travel, but knowing a serious storm was also headed to Florida (and at a much faster pace) felt a little surreal. We’re very grateful to have exceptional support on the homefront. (Thanks Lyn, Steve & Mark!)

We found some lovely solitary camping spots by water for the next several nights as we headed east and south across the waters, forests and small towns of B.C.

Skeena River, & the Willow River. Mama and baby black bear tracks. According to some locals we met, it’s berry season and therefore bear season, but apparently bears aren’t the only ones who like them.

Mt. Robson in the Canadian Rockies was “out” and imposing when we passed this time (opening photo).

Mt. Robson and Rearguard Falls on the Fraser River

The Icefields Parkway was also just as spectacular from the opposite direction.

Early morning on the Icefields Parkway: Peyto Lake, Waterfowl River, and Silverhorn Lake

For some reason it felt good to cross the border and be back in the lower 48 (perhaps in part because the math became easier - imperial vs metric)! Plus we got to visit Alice again in northwest Montana.

Flathead Lake and a couple Fishers. Alice made a warming fire every morning.

We’ve turned toward home, but there are definitely some scenic places along the way.

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