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From journal Alaskan Adventure
September 22, 2010
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Follies in Seward
by Wildcat Dianne
August 18, 2010
After boarding the ferryboat in Seward's Small Boat Harbor, Larissa got a seat inside to rest because her allergies were so bad and making it hard for her to enjoy anything that day. It was a beautiful day with a bit of a breeze, but I put on my LL Bean vest over my Red Sox hoodie and was prepared for a the short trip across Resurrection Bay to Fox Island and getting some sun on deck.
Before taking off for Fox Island, our captain came over the radio to give us advice on how to take pictures of the wildlife we could be seeing and to obey the rules of the boat. To ensure a great ride on the Kenai Fjord Tours and get great pictures, this is the advice from them:
1. Be prepared. Have your camera out at all times and easily accessible because you might only have seconds to get that great shot of an orca or some other wildlife in the water.
2. Use the Auto Focus on your camera for best photo results.
3. Turn the flash off of your camera because the flast might disturb the animals and if you are indoors, lean the camera against the boat's windows to get the best pictures and keep the flash off.
4. Take lots of pictures. Don't have to ask me twice there!
Camera ready for action, I was ready for anything that would pop out of the water near the ferryboat.
The first part of the trip was a little bit chilly for me, and my vest and gloves from the Army Navy Store in Pensacola kept the chill off of me very well, but about halfway to Fox Island and a couple of cups of complimentary tea from below deck, I was feeling warm and cozy and decided to ditch the vest and gloves. Right after the vest came off revealing my Red Sox 2007 American League Champions logo on my hoodie and I leaned back to catch the sun's rays on my face, I hear, "Oh God, a Red Sox fan! Honey, look at her sweatshirt!" I had caught the attention of a couple of, Oh God help me, New York Yankee fans! Now, I could react to them like a character in the Showtime series Brotherhood with vampirefan's favorite hottie Jason Isaacs and shoot a Yankee fan who insulted Ted Williams and the Red Sox, or toss these folks overboard. But it wasn't worth the jail time and having Dad and Mom bail me out of jail (they would probably be chuckling as they wrote the bail check), and I engaged this couple and their daughter from Long Island, New York with some friendly trash talk about their team and mine. I can take the insults of my boys with the best.
Trash talking aside, it was time to look out for some wildlife, and before long, we are treated to a sight of a sea otter swimming in Resurrection Bay. Sea otters swim on their backs and this little guy was enjoying himself a lot. A sea otter will catch food in the water and then get on his back to break the shell of the clam or other shellfish and eat it that way. Those animal books I had as a kid were paying off!
I wanted to see some whales while I was on the ferryboat, and I wasn't disappointed when an Orca surfaced near our boat and was swimming in the same direction we were going in. I wish I had a better telephoto lens for my camera because my photos don't do seeing this magnificent creature of the sea justice! Just before getting to Fox Island, we saw a pod of Orcas that are regulars in Resurrection Bay. The bull orca and the two cow orcas seemed to be escorting us to the island in front of us. Magnificent!
After spending time at Fox Island (more on that in another entry), we are treated to more wildlife on the trip back to Seward via Bartlett and Barlow Islands and several other uninhabited rocky islands in Resurrection Bay. There were Horned Puffins on one island, and seeing them with someone's binoculars had me thinking, "Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern think these cute little critters are a delicacy!? Shame on them!"
Then my favorite part of the whole trip came on Barlow Island and other rocky islands nearby, tons of Steller Sea Lions sunning themselves on the rocks, playing and swimming in the water. I recorded the noises of the seals barking away and soaked it all in. I could have taken a nap with those noises in my ears!
Reluctantly, the ferryboat pulled back into Seward, and we were back on the train to Anchorage. This is something I want to do again, and you can do this trip as part of the Alaska Railroad trip or on your own. A trip to Fox Island for lunch is $89 for adults and other rates for children and seniors. There are also dinner cruises and cruises to Fox Island for dinner. For more information go to www.KenaiFjords.com.
From journal ALL ABOARD! An Adventure On The Anchorage/Seward Railroad
August 27, 2009
From journal Homecoming to Alaska
September 9, 2005
Next to the giant Holgate Glacier, our boat floated among ice chunks as we ate dinner from a glass-enclosed dining room. After dinner, we motored along the fringes of rock outcroppings to view groups of sea lions and thousands of puffins. Just as we were returning, a giant humpback whale fluked not more than 20 yards away. Though a bit steep in price, this tour was worth every cent.
From journal 5 Days in Seward, Alaska
Stony Point, New York
January 21, 2005
From journal 10 Days in Alaska
by Jack Ventura
August 25, 2002
From journal The Edge of Sea and Summer
by Virtually There
March 31, 2001
From journal Weekend Getaway to Alaska