Stikine River Cruise

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Along the Stikine River

Today we went on a cruise/tour of the Stikine River.  The Stikine River is the fastest flowing river in North America.  It begins in British Columbia, Canada and flows past Wrangell, Alaska on its way to the ocean.  We took the trip with Alaskan Waters on a jet boat which maneuvered easily along the silty waters.  Every seat in the boat was taken.  The weather forecast was for rain, but the rain held off, and we even had nice periods of blue sky.  As we journeyed along the river we saw eagles, a moose, a bear, and merganser ducks of all sizes.  Most of the mountains were still snow covered and Shakes Lake, which contained much glacier ice, was still somewhat frozen.  It was on the ice dotted lake that we stopped to eat lunch.  There were also waterfalls cascading down the mountainside.

The floating cabins are Wrangell’s answer to the federal government which will not allow private cabins on federal land, so the hunters who want cabins float them on the water to get around the regulation.

As we were heading back to Wrangell, we saw much beautiful scenery. 

After grabbing a snack in the trailer, we headed to “downtown” Wrangell to look in some of the shops and photograph the mural painted on several walls.

 We also tried to find another eagle’s nest we had been told about but could not find it.  We did come across what appears to be a very old eagle.  As it was sitting on the branch, it looked like a strong breeze would blow it right over. 

Tomorrow we will get ourselves ready to climb aboard the ferry once again.
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Along the Stikine River
Along the Stikine River
Another view
Another view
Swimming moose
Swimming moose
Finally on land
Finally on land
Daddy mergansers
Daddy mergansers
Floating cabin
Floating cabin
Iceberg from glacier
Iceberg from glacier
Grandpa eagle
Grandpa eagle
Ice on Shakes Lake
Ice on Shakes Lake
Lupine
Lupine
Wrangell mural
Wrangell mural
Another mural
Another mural
Some of the other cruise passengers
Some of the other cruise passengers
Sunset
Sunset
Waterfall along the Stikine.
Waterfall along the Stikine.
Wrangell
photo by: vances