whale of a tail
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2:35pm: Our afternoon excursion was a "Photo Safari by Land & Sea" that included taking a shuttle bus to Tongass National Forest, Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Harbor to see wildlife and tips on photography. Liz was our guide and we also had a bus driver that took us on a shuttle bus 1st to the forest. When we were about to depart, it started to hail! Tongass Forest is a tropical rain forest which means it could rain everyday! We were provided with ponchos and yellow towels to cover our cameras and a walking stick if we chose. The walking sticks could also be used as a tripod if needed, I should have taken one. After a couple of minutes, the hail stopped and it turned to a steady rain. So, off we went into the forest for our guided walk. Liz instructed us on "Bear Rules" like if we were faced with one on the trail, don't scream or run, just back up! If it gets aggressive, back up quickly faster! Well, we were not faced with one, darn it anyways!
Liz gave us tip on taking close up pictures like raindrops on the trees, waterfalls and and moss.
Then we were transported to Auke Harbor and boarded a boat to view wildlife. There were more snow covered mountains surrounding the harbor as we cruised past Shelter Island which has no electricity and people have to be ferried over which takes 15 minutes.
Back at the ship, we had missed our 6pm dinner seating, so we ate at the Bordeaux room which is really for anytime dining. It was Italian night and Lourdes had told us not to miss it but Bernie and I were actually a little disappointed with the choices. I ended up with an appetizer of shrimp, mussel and calamari, vegetable minestrone soup, an entree of fettuccine alfredo and a dessert of spumoni ice cream with raspberry sauce and chocolate shavings.
For the nightlife, we went to the lounge where a country & western "hoe down" was taking place. The male host yelling "You're Dead, DED dead!" got to be very monotonous! There wasn't much music and/or dancing, mostly a shoot em up thing. We had like one drink and left.
Quote for the day: Bang, Yer DED, dead!