Kenai Fjords

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The three of us drove down to Seward from Anchorage.  It's a nice drive, half of which hugs Turnagain Arm, but that particular day it was raining almost the entire trip.  We were headed to Seward to catch a tour ship to Kenai Fjords National Park, so we were worried that we weren't going to be able to see much.  By the time we boarded the ship, it had cleared considerably.  We were lucky because it held out during the tour and during dinner in Seward, but it rained again on the way back to Anchorage.

We toured with Kenai Fjords Tours.

Stellar sea lions
  The boat was large and comfortable, the staff was knowledgeable and gave an interesting tour, and they served lunch on the boat.  There are also other options including kayaking and having lunch on an island.  The ride was a little choppy in the open water getting to the fjords and coming back, but it wasn't bad in my opinion.  The air was a bit frigid, especially near the glaciers, even though it was only early September. 

Kenai Fjords is made up of several deep fjords with huge flowing glaciers.  There are also various islands that the ship passes to see wildlife.  We saw puffins, and several other aquatic birds, many sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, bald eagles, and even a humpback whale.  We sat still for a while to see the whale pop up for air.  It was almost impossible to get a picture because you could never tell when or where it was going to pop up and spout again.

  The closest picture you could get was to catch its tail sliding backing into the water.  The tour brings you quite close to a glacier.  You can hear the cracking of the ice and see large chunks calve and drop into the water.

When the tour got back to Seward, we had dinner at Chinook's.  From out table, you could watch the local fishermen bring in their day's hauls and you could watch them clean the fish.  It was amazing to see how huge the halibut were and how easily the fishermen could handle them and break them down.  When we returned to our car, there were two bald eagles in nests overhead screeching.  One would get out and fly around and then return to the nest.  That was something to see.

 

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sea otter in Resurrection Bay
sea otter in Resurrection Bay
Stellar sea lions
Stellar sea lions
snow plough train engine
snow plough train engine
Pilot Rock
Pilot Rock
my brother in the Gulf of Alaska
my brother in the Gulf of Alaska
puffins on Chiswell Island
puffins on Chiswell Island
Stellar sea lions
Stellar sea lions
Chiswell Island
Chiswell Island
Stellar sea lions
Stellar sea lions
Matushka Island
Matushka Island
Holgate Glacier
Holgate Glacier
ice in Holgate Arm
ice in Holgate Arm
Holgate Glacier
Holgate Glacier
me in front of Holgate Glacier
me in front of Holgate Glacier
The Kenai Star in Holgate Arm
The Kenai Star in Holgate Arm
The Glacial Explorer in Holgate Arm
The Glacial Explorer in Holgate Arm
Holgate Glacier
Holgate Glacier
jellyfish on the rocks
jellyfish on the rocks
Holgate Arm
Holgate Arm
Stellar sea lions lounging on Chat…
Stellar sea lions lounging on Cha…
Stellar sea lions lounging on Chat…
Stellar sea lions lounging on Cha…
bald eagle in Resurrection Bay
bald eagle in Resurrection Bay
halibut in Seward
halibut in Seward
bald eagle in Seward
bald eagle in Seward
Seward
photo by: shadowflower