When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir
By Debbie McCulliss
The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is a world-famous, 48,000-acre area in which one of the world’s largest gatherings of bald eagles feast every fall on spawned-out chum salmon. As winter moves in, the eagles migrate into this open water reservoir in which the water temperature remains somewhat warmer than the surrounding waters. It is a place full of photographic opportunities and offers countless chances to make lifelong memories.
“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue; the body seems one palate, and tingles equally throughout.”
In November of 2018, 40 years after my first and only trip to Alaska when I hiked the Chilkoot Trail, I was traveling again on an Alaska Marine Highway ferry—an affordable, informal cruise that took me round-trip from Juneau (Alaska’s capital city) to Haines in Southeast Alaska, where, at times, there are more eagles than people.