We also went on a couple of special outings -- On Friday we went on a wildlife cruise out of Seward on Resurrection Bay. First, the cruise took us to Fox Island for a baked Salmon/Prime Rib buffet lunch.
|Docked at Fox Island - the boat on which we traveled, the Nunatak.|
|Ralph and Dixie aboard the boat. The bishop never gets to take a day off.|
|Bear Glacier, located on the north side of Resurrection Bay. Those are large icebergs on the left that have calved off the glacier.|
|This is the more common view. He is arching his back as he sinks back down below the surface. Hence the name, "Humpback Whale." Tiny little dorsal fin, for such a large creature.|
|And here's a view you don't normally see, those are the whale's nostrils through which he spouts, or blows a fountain of moisture as he breaks the surface. His head is to the left in this picture.|
|In addition to whales, we also saw a number of birds, some of which were new to us, including three different kinds of Cormorants like this one.|
|A Horned Puffin. Sister Taylor has seen them before, but I hadn't.|
|And Tufted Puffins, another new one for me. Those white feathers on their heads are quite long and floppy.|
|Common Murres (along with seagulls, of course)|
|In addition to whales and birds, we also saw sea lions.|
|And this big daddy sea lion.|
|Dolly, raised with a moose, doesn't know she is a bison. She also really likes people and loves to play. |
Unfortunately, she is huge and her play could seriously injure you.
|No, not reindeer, moose antlers.|
Hatcher Pass and the Independence Gold Mine.
|At the entrance to the mine. Even though it was kind of a cool, blustery day (that is snow piled right there at the entrance) the temperature still dropped 20-30 degrees by the time you reached that yellow diamond just inside.|