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Kenai Fjords Glacier Cruise
Seward, Alaska
August 1, 2003

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On the Way (Canada)

Alaska at Last!

Tok to Valdez

Valdez
  Eagles
  Mineral Creek
  Lu-Lu Belle Cruise

Russian River

Homer
  Misc. Pics

Whittier Road

Portage Glacier

Backyard Bear!
  (Anchorage)

Seward
  Kenai Cruise

Talkeetna
  Flightsee Denali

Denali Nat'l Park

Kluane Lake

Cassiar Hwy. Bear
  Highway Scenes

Stewart/Hyder
  Waterfall Road

Jasper Nat'l Park
  Maligne Lake

Icefields Parkway
  Athabasca Falls
  Athabasca Glacier
  Overnight at Glacier
  Lake Louis Road
  Lake Louise

Banff, Alberta

Johnston Canyon

Misc. Pics

Fireweed Pics

Skagway (side trip)
  White Pass RR
  Return Trip

Alaska Journaling

My Article About
This Alaska Trip

My brother gifted us with this tour, and we were blessed with a gloriously clear day. A nine-hour boat trip through crystal clear blue calm waters, snow covered mountains spilling with glaciers, blue skies - what an amazing cruise!

We saw almost every kind of wildlife available in that environment. Eagles soared in the blue sky and we passed by sanctuaries where a multitude of birds live, even some very rare birds that some people came all the way from South Africa for. My favorite were the precious puffins in their rather pathetic looking attempts to lift themselves above the water.
At various points we sat in the still seas and watched a pod of orcas, saw some humpbacks, sea otters, sea lions, and porpoises playing alongside the boat's wake.
By the time we got to the northwestern glacier, we were stunned by the sound of the groaning noises the massive moving ice makes and the roar as huge chunks fall into the ocean creating icebergs that float by the boat.
After one spectacular display, the captain said we had just witnessed a 600 foot chunk of ice "calving" from the glacier. It's hard to tell in the picture, but thar she blows!
One of the tour guides remarked that we just didn't realize how lucky we were - loads of sunshine and smooth sailing, seeing all the animals everyone wants to see, along with the biggest calving she had seen all season. We felt doubly blessed and triply tired by the time we got home hoarse from all the "wowing" and "Oh my Gods" we kept exclaiming. My arm was almost bruised from my mom's constant nudging me to "look at that - just look at that!"
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