Beautiful Prince William Sound

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Spread eagle

What a beautiful day!  We awoke to clearing skies and no rain.

Oil tanker arriving in Valdez
  Our trip started at 10 am and we probably had the best weather on the trip so far.  We found a seat on the upper deck of the boat and a nice young couple from the Netherlands sat across from us. 

The pictures will tell the story of our cruise around the sound.  We visited two glaciers, Columbia and Meares.  We could only get up to about 9 miles from the Columbia Glacier as the icebergs pose too much of a hazard to travel through.  The large icebergs from below the surface of the water catch on the terminal moraine and the small bergs get caught behind.  This accumulation of ice is impossible to travel through.

The Meares Glacier is entirely different. It is smaller and is currently advancing rather than retreating.  We were able to get within ¼ mile of the glacier.  Harbor seals dot the icebergs in from of the glacier.

Along the way we saw picture perfect scenery and a number of different animals.  The critters we passed along the way included eagles, seals, Steller sea lions, sea otters, humpback whales, Dall porpoise, and many birds.

I’m still looking for an orca, however.  Maybe the next time.

After arriving back at Valdez, we drove around to see if we could find the black bear.  Sure enough he was walking along the streams of spawning salmon.

Tomorrow we will wander around town some more.

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Spread eagle
Spread eagle
Oil tanker arriving in Valdez
Oil tanker arriving in Valdez
Sea lion resting on buoy
Sea lion resting on buoy
Eagle in tree
Eagle in tree
Eagle eyes
Eagle eyes
Columbia Glacier icebergs
Columbia Glacier icebergs
Waterfall
Waterfall
Brilliant Glacier
Brilliant Glacier
Eagle flyover
Eagle flyover
Curious seal
Curious seal
Seals on icebergs
Seals on icebergs
Resting sea otter
Resting sea otter
All in a line
All in a line
Rafting sea otters
Rafting sea otters
Dall porpoise
Dall porpoise
Mom and calf humpback
Mom and calf humpback
Whale tail
Whale tail
Tufted puffin
Tufted puffin
Barking sea lions
Barking sea lions
At Meares Glacier
At Meares Glacier
Scene along Prince William Sound
Scene along Prince William Sound
Mountain scenery
Mountain scenery
Iceberg floating by
Iceberg floating by
More Prince William Sound scenes
More Prince William Sound scenes
Snowy mountains
Snowy mountains
Trees and mountains
Trees and mountains
Reflections
Reflections
Reflected trees
Reflected trees
Still waters
Still waters
Anderson Falls
Anderson Falls
Valdez black bear
Valdez black bear
Valdez
photo by: kingelvis14