Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Seward ~Alaska Trip Day 36

Soon after leaving Exit Glacier, we saw a black bear near the road! A vehicle behind us went roaring past and scared it off into the underbrush, ruining our chance at observing the bear. Down the road we spent the night at a turnout beside the river, met Fahrah, and saw bear tracks in the sand. 

Arriving in Seward, we drove out to Lowell Point, via another road between mountain and sea. Then we stopped at the waterfront park playground and path before boarding our Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise catamaran.

At least 6 chunks of this glacier fell into the sea as we waited, watching

sea otters chillin' on their backs in the sunshine

For 6 hours we felt the sea breezes, watched humpback and finn whales blow & roll, listened to sea birds screech, heard the boom of a calving glacier, glided past floating sea otters & puffins, witnessing God's superb creation! (Oh, and we met Emma, the gal working in the galley, who is from Pratt!)

Back at the boat harbor we walked the docks spotting orange & clear jellyfish in the water and watching the charters weigh & fillet huge fish.

The girls and I visited the Alaska Sea Life Center until closing.

Fun touch tanks with starfish, sea urchins, and anemone.

"Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee"...
This is the Alaska I imagined!

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