Wednesday, August 13, 2008

On The Rocks

After sleeping in, we left for our seven hour ride to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. The drive took us back through Anchorage and onward south. It was very picturesque, and somewhat interesting (in 1964 there was a massive earthquake that caused a 40-foot tsunami that drained the bay then devastated the area - the effects of which can still be seen - called Ghost Forests).

We arrived in Seward and walked the waterfront. We hadn't eaten real good yet (food is not that great in Alaska, although like everything else, it is expensive). We found a dinky little place that had fish and chips (using Halibut) and thought we'd try it. It was outstanding! We knew where we were gonna have dinner again.

The next day we started on our six-hour cruise through the Kenai Fjord National Park. The cruise touts itself as a way to see the wildlife and the glaciers of the area, and it didn't disappoint. Upon sailing, we quickly saw a couple of humpback whales, puffins, stellar sea lions and dahl porpoises. We also saw some amazing scenery. The glaciers were truly incredible. They are fed by the Harding Icefield and some are retreating and some are advancing. The boat parked about two tenths of a mile from the Holgate Glacier which is advancing into the bay. We listened to the ice crack and thunder into the water below, sometimes dropping the 300-400 hundred feet that the glacier stands. The pictures make it look small, but it is truly an awe inspiring sight. Some of the icebergs were as big as a car.

As you can tell, the cruise was absolutely stunning, even if we didn't see an orca. We returned to shore and headed right back to the halibut and chips. Since we were fishing in Homer early the next day, we were off for the four and a half hour drive.

A drive in which we continued not to see moose or eagles!



Robin said...

I am sooo jealous! Any clue why the wildlife was avoiding you? Got some great pics though. I've never been to Alaska but my Dad was flown into a fishing camp/salmon and loved it! We're used to stream trout so it was a different experience.

Went deep sea fishing once off the coast of Folly Beach, SC once and the captain asked me after I reeled in an enormous mackerel, "Used to catching anything that big Red (my red hair experiment!)?" I said, "Captain Jack, the bait fish you're using are bigger than anything I've ever caught!"

Glad you had a nice time, we need a break now and then...could use one myself right! I really appreciate you AND your wife's support and comments on my blog during these days of confusion. (your wife makes a great deal of sense...God was looking out for you there! LOL) Great advice, sadly, not a lot I could do about the outcome...check me out later, when I am less emotional and pissy I'll catch you up...then go back to being funnygirl again!

Scott Lessard said...

Thanks, Robin...

I am blessed, my wife is not only everything that I am not, she makes me want to be more than I am.

Sometimes, the outcome of things in our lives are not in our control. I guess that's God's way of making it not our fault. :)

Keep that head up.