Pre-Order your copy of David B and the Terrible Rocks

PRE-ORDER DAVID B AND THE TERRIBLE ROCKS

David B is now a children’s book character! Join David B and his marine and forest friends on adventures in the Great Salmon Sea! David B and the Terrible Rocks is the first in a planned series of books to inspire children’s curiosity in nature, problem-solving, and social skills. The series is eye-catching, witty, and a delight to both parent and child. Recommended age 3-5 years old.

Kids Book David B and the Terrible RocksDavid B didn’t want to go home to Comfy Cove. He wanted to stay up late, just like the big boats that would pass by his anchorage in the middle of the night. Instead of going home, he decided to keep on exploring. As it turned to night, David B marveled at how the water sparkled in the moonlight. The moon began to set, and his wonder turned into caution, then fear as he remembered an old tale of boat-eating rocks that would come to life on moonless nights. In the dark, he hears something breathing, but it’s not the scary rocks. It’s something else…

Written by Christine Smith and Illustrated by Rebecca Rothman.

Available December 2018 in paperback. Pre-order now for the Holidays.

Estimated ship date December 10, 2018.

$19.95 + Shipping and Sales Tax for Washington State Residents.




You can do it

We were cruising alongside Gloomy Knob in Glacier Bay on our AdventuresNW Magazine Photography Workshop when spotted this mother mountain goat waiting patiently for her youngster to catch up to her. It was a nice opportunity to observe these amazing sure-footed creatures and also to try to photograph them as they were high up on the mountain-side and we were at sea level.

We have several photography workshops aboard the David B in 2019. We’ve really come to love these trips as photography brings you a depth of experience with the beauty of Glacier Bay, as well as providing you the time to slow down and observe nature while learning how to get the most out of your camera. If you think you would like to know more about our Photography Workshops and instructors, click on over to our photography page for dates and locations.

 

photographing mountain goats in Glacier Bay alaska
Mountain goats in Glacier Bay, Alaska

Small Waterfall

Some waterfalls are big, roaring and attention-grabbing. Other waterfalls are shy. These we seek out in our skiff to listen to their hushed babble and to feel a sense of wonder as we watch them cascade for a thousand feet or more.

Visit these links learn more about our cruises in Alaska or the Inside Passage.

excrusion to fords terror in Alaska on a small ship vruise
Small waterfall in Fords Terror

David B at Anchor in Port Neville

When we anchor at Port Neville, We usually keep our eyes on the beach watching for brown and black bears. This year when we went for a skiff ride, I looked the other way and was treated to a spectacular view of mountains on Vancouver Island. The David B seemed so cozy in this anchorage with a curl of smoke coming out of the wood stove’s chimney. I don’t remember exactly what I was cooking for dinner that night, but I know bread was rising on the counter and would soon be baking and making the galley smell irresistible.

Follow this link for more information on our 12-day Inside Passage cruises…

– Christine

A small cruise ship at anchor in the Inside Passage
David B at anchor in Port Neville with the wood cookstove .

Drone footage of the David B docking in Bellingham

On our last day of the season, our boat neighbor had his drone out and got some nice footage of the David B coming home.

New Drink Station

We are always looking for new ways to make your experience on the David B even better. This week we added a new drink station with a sink, ice maker, and cooler. It’s a small thing, but it’s the small things that count.

Interior of the small cruise ship David B
Recently completed drink station on the David B

 

Four Eagles

We came across a large group of bald eagles in the middle of Stephens Passage. There were maybe 30-40 flying over a school of fish. Eagles everywhere were swooping talons first into the water to snatch fish. It was an incredible sight. One eagle ended up with the water and was immediately swarmed by other eagles. We weren’t sure what would happen. After several tries the eagle got air and quickly sped away with the fish in its talons.

Watching bald eagles fishing in Alaska while on a small ship cruise.
Eagles in Alaska are a common sight.

Baird Glacier Landscape

Rocks on the outwash plain at Baird Glacier. In 2015 a glacial outburst flood called a jokulhlaup broke the glacier away from its terminal moraine. The landscape was completely changed. A friend said another outburst flood happened in September. We’re looking forward to seeing what changes the glacier made to its landscape. It’s what we love about spending time around glaciers. They always are up to something.

Join us in Alaska for a chance to see and learn more about this incredible and dynamic landscape. For our most in-depth trips, we suggest either Trip #336, AdventuresNW Magazine’s Photography Workshop or Trip #339, Ecology of Southeast Alaska with naturalist and killer whale researcher John McInnes.

Photography workshop in Alaska aboard a small cruise ship
Rocks and sand at Baird Glacier

Don’t forget to do your plank today

The good bears at Pack Creek would like to remind you that a couple minutes of plank every day will help build good strong core muscles.

If you love bears, come on one of our Alaska cruises. In 2019 we are teaming back up with Pack Creek Bear Tours to visit the Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area. This is a special experience where you get to closely observe coastal brown bears. We have two trips that include Pack Creek in our 2019 schedule:

Bear watching at Pack Creek in Alaska
Brown bear at Pack Creek in Alaska.

 

Trip #334: Glaciers, Fjords, and Bears 
Dates: May 11-18, 2019
Departs: Petersburg
Disembarks: Auke Bay, Juneau

For More information:  https://northwestnavigation.com/petersburg-to-juneau-with-pack-creek-bear-viewing/

Trip #336: AdventuresNW Magazine Photo Workshop – Tracy Arm/Fords Terror Wilderness & Pack Creek Bear Viewing
Dates: May 31 – June 9, 2019
Departs: Auke Bay, Juneau
Disembarks: Petersburg

For more information: https://northwestnavigation.com/alaska-adventure-photography-cruise/

 

Glacier Bay Permits — We Got Um!

Glacier Bay concessionaire contract awarded to the David B

Photography Workshop tour in Glacier Bay Alaska at McBride Glacier
McBride Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska

by Jeffrey Smith

If you were on the boat, or even within earshot of us this summer, you probably heard us talking about trying to get a permit to operate in Glacier Bay National Park. It was a difficult thing for us, mostly because of the timing. The Park released the prospectus in the middle of our spring outfitting season, and we scrambled to have our proposal complete. Luckily we have Sarah, who did a lot of the writing, editing, checking and re-checking to make sure we had it all in perfect shape to submit.

Then we waited – for 5 months.

We weren’t sure if we could even schedule any trips in Glacier Bay because we didn’t know what the status of the permit was. Then earlier this month, we found out. We got it. So we’re going, and you should come with us.

Glacier Bay is amazing. The wildlife is everywhere, there are species that you’d have a hard time seeing in other Alaska spots. Things like puffins and mountain goats. On our past trips there, we’ve also seen loads of humpback whales, orca whales, brown bears, black bears, and moose.

Then there’s the ice. We anchor in front of glaciers and walk up to their faces. We slowly skiff through fjords choked with floating ice and sneak up to glaciers that are calving. The photography experience is phenomenal. You won’t find this anywhere else.

Come join us. (We’ve got the permits) **

Glacier Bay Trips: Adventures NW Glacier Bay Photography Workshops

Trip #335 May 21-28, 2019

Trip #341 July 20-27, 2019

https://northwestnavigation.com/glacier-bay-photography-cruise/

** Fine Print: Technically in National Park Language, we have been awarded a concession contract to provide charter boat services in Glacier Bay National Park from 2019 to 2029. People might not understand that, so to simplify it we refer to it as a permit.