Cruising Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjord NP

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Kenai Fjord National Park
The morning was foggy and cloudy. I drove south on the scenic Seward higheway. It took me about 3h and a few photo stops to reach the town of Seward, pronounced sew-ard. Ranges of mountains along the way still have patches of ice and green flora. I went on a 7-hour, $119 sightseeing only cruise by Major Marine Tours out the Resurrection Bay to see glaciers in Kenai Fjork National Park. The tour guide is pretty knowledgeable, he told us about the origin of Alaska's flag, the bay's name, wildlife, geography, how Alaskan natives killed whales with spears only...

I occupied a spot near the tip on the upper deck, until it got too cold and too bumpy outside of the bay. I started feeling seasick when stepping inside, so I figured I should keep focus on the scenery to forget the discomfort and it worked.
Aialik glacier, Kenai Fjord National Park
The sun came out now and then, I could see the turquoise color of the clear water, really beautiful. The Bay is where ocean meets mountains, and the nature in Alaska seems to take on a grand scale. We stopped at Aialik glacier, listened to its thunder-like sound in silence. There's something so overwhelming in all that, humans are so small and finite in nature.

On the way back, we made a detour to Resurrection Cap to see sea lions and seabirds. I like the cute puffins. I saw lots of huge colorful jelly fish as well. It would be very nice to come back and do kayaking along the rugged coastline. The tour guide spotted a few mountain goats, and a lonely black bear on a sand strip. Too bad I don't have a better zoom lens.

We got back to shore around 7pm. I was so beat (I had not eaten and drunk much onboard for fear of seasick, plus the cold), and didn't have time for fresh seafood. On the way to the hostel, I caught a beautiful sunset, the last sunset of the day in continental America.
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Kenai Fjord National Park
Kenai Fjord National Park
Aialik glacier, Kenai Fjord Nation…
Aialik glacier, Kenai Fjord Natio…
Kenai Fjord National Park
Kenai Fjord National Park
Aialik glacier, Kenai Fjord Nation…
Aialik glacier, Kenai Fjord Natio…
Kenai Fjord National Park
Kenai Fjord National Park
Resurrection Bay
Resurrection Bay
Puffins, Resurrection Bay
Puffins, Resurrection Bay
Resurrection Bay
Resurrection Bay
Sea lions and seabirds, Resurrecti…
Sea lions and seabirds, Resurrect…
Resurrection Bay
Resurrection Bay
Resurrection Bay
Resurrection Bay
Seward Highway, the last sunset of…
Seward Highway, the last sunset o…
Seward
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