It happened on the deck of the M/V Malaspina of the Alaska Marine Highway system. This off-season run from Skagway southbound was jam-packed with a colourful gathering of travellers and musicians escaping the long Yukon winter. Everybody was craving a glimpse of coastal green after half a year of snow and sub-zero temperatures.
There was no quiet place on this ferry. People in down jackets and wool hats were jamming with their guitars, bongos, flutes, and voices.
The ship was travelling down the Lynn Canal, passing dark rain forest and sheer cliffs lined by snow-capped costal peaks.