We began our first day aboard National Geographic Sea Bird exploring the wilderness in Misty Fiords National Monument. The morning brought incredible reflections on the glassy water, showing old-growth forests that towered above the ship. Woodland passerines created a symphony of sounds before breakfast. Upper Rudyerd Bay graced us with an abundance of birds—glaucous-winged gulls, pigeon guillemots, common loons, marbled murrelets, belted kingfishers, rufous hummingbirds, and many more. While kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and cruising for wildlife in expedition landing crafts, we encountered harbor seals and an incredibly cooperative coastal brown bear. As we left Misty Fiords, we sailed through Owl Pass, an area that exhibits the dynamic geology of Southeast Alaska in its exposed exfoliation joints and largely granitic landscapes. We capped off the day with a marvelous feast and an entertaining bear presentation in the lounge as we sailed through the calm waters of Behm Canal.