Day cruise to Ailik Glacier
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A planned day cruise today which means we got to sleep in, waking up around 8:00. (okay, its not that late but it felt good.) We met at our boat, the “Kenai Star” with Major Marine Tours at 11”30. We headed out and we were served immediately our buffet of all you can eat salmon and Prime Rib, Delicious! However, I would say the timing for the meal was not that good because as we got our food the boat was getting outside the protection of land and into the Gulf of Alaska, which means rougher seas. Large waves were dipping the whole boat and many people got sick. My Mother –in-law was one of them, and as she followed instructions about sea sickness (go outside and get some fresh air) she was in a dilemma.
Despite the sickness we were able to see some wildlife (although not what we were hoping. I think we were spoiled on the Denali bus tour with the bears. We had one humpback whale sighting what was somewhat close. The whale would come up for a breath, and we would catch the view of a water spout before it would go back under. But we hardly were able to see it before the ship captain announced he would move on so other boats could see the whale (we saw it surface twice).
We pulled up to Ailik Glacier and felt the air temperature drop about 10 degrees being next to this massive block of ice. They turned the engines off so you could listen to the ice move by all the pressure and weight it was pushing down on itself and it sounded just like a thunderstorm as we heard creaks and cracks.
We returned into Seward at about 7:30 and turned in for the night after some cold sandwiches. However I woke up at about 10:30 feeling quite sick and after visiting the bathroom, my wife also got up feeling sick. But she came back to wake me up at 11:00 saying the toilet was leaking all over the floor. Luckily the owners are in a cabin next door but they didn’t have a great solution for us. The let us know apparently we were on a flood plain, and if they get really heavy rains the toilets will have trouble so we should not flush them too much. Good thing we were scheduled to leave in the morning.