As we headed south again for our wildlife cruise out of Seward, we could see more smoke creeping from the north - this time from fires around Denali, which is crazy because during the first few days of our trip, we were hearing about tourists stranded by mudslides in there.
|Quick! It's coming! Drive faster!|
What an amazing blessing! During our cruise, we saw minimal signs of forest fires and plenty of amazing wildlife. We chose the 7.5-hour cruise, which took us out to the Gulf of Alaska and up into Aialik Bay. The crew was plenty forthcoming about the extent of sea sickness people commonly experience. There were plenty of naps had during the ride - likely because of the preventative dramamine that was taken by many. Louisa was the only one from our group to throw up, and as often happens, it helped her feel much better and allowed her to enjoy the rest of the cruise.
It was really hard to not overload this post with photos, so bear with me...
|Sea otter pelt|
|Thankful for Nate's eye that captures quintessential images, not just people|
|Steller sea lions basking in the sun|
|Make yourself heard!|
|Baby sea lion on the left, hanging with a sea gull|
|Crazy climber mountain goat. Instead of food, it's finding safety from predators|
|Majestic orcas were everywhere that day|
|Something so magical about them!|
|Puffins chillin' on the rocks...|
|Or swimming in the calm waters|
|A black bear and some kayakers|
|Just crazy beautiful|
|Should have pulled out the moose trick to get Peter to smile|
|Adorable sea otters|
|Alialik glacier is actively calving|
|Ice brought on board to make/sell margaritas. Also offered for ginger ale drinkers|
|Ice was calving every few seconds while we lingered at the glacier|
|Sucking on an ice berg|
|Cruising back to Seward|
|Sisters staying warm|