Joe and Ingrid's Alaska Trip travel blog

Aiakik Glacier from the Aurora in Kenai Fjords NP

Kayakers in the glacier's ice flow

Just to prove we were there

It's blue ice because that's the wavelength that's not absorbed

Puffin at the Alaska Sealife Center, Seward

We walked up to Exit Glacier, near Seward

Sea otter crusin' in the Fjords

Stellar sea lions, once endangered lounging in a fjord bay

OK, Everyone,

I'm back! Well the trip from Soldatna to Seward was AWESOME!!! Just one WOW after another as we went around each bend on the highway. A thoroughly beautiful ride with mountains that has snow that made them look like zebra stripes. Unfortunately it was spittin' rain so the pictures are not as sensational as the ride. We arrived at Stoney Creek campground about 11:00 am and it was 60 degrees. We went into Seward for the afternoon to get the lay of the land. We booked a cruise through the Kenai Fjords for tomorrow, 6hrs. Came back to the trailer and went into Exit Glacier, that is a 1/2mile walk in from the highway. Met a young family from FL who were just in AWE. We took their pic, they took ours. It was a great walk but sad when you checked out the signs as you're walking in. The show how much the glacier has receded since 1897. You can really see how much more quickly it's receding today.

The next day we reported for our cruise and learned that the seas were very rough around a point that the ship had to go through so we could risk going but not making the entire trip, get a refund, take a shorter cruise or rebook for the next day which is what we did. We went to the Alaska Sealife Center instead. It was great! Saw puffins, lots of other sea birds and seals in tanks...& so on. Not as good as the real thing but it did whet our appetite for the next day.

On July 8th we finally got to take our cruise on the Kenai Aurora. Was it ever great! Terrific captain and did get rough and people did get seasick (neither of us) but oh! what we saw. We saw: humpback whales- several one who lept out and ate a sea gull or two while grabbing a fish meal, orcas, otters, stellar sea lions and more birds-one type that looks like a small penguin but unlike the penguin can also fly. The highlight of course was the Aialik Glacier. We went to within 1/4 mile of it. WOW...the sounds of the glacier, the calving of the glacier and just it's beautiful color. Breathtaking! Well worth the trip and the time.

After a day like this all we could do was have supper, relax and off to bed. The next day we were back on the Seward Highway, heading back north to Whittier to take the ferry to Valdez. More about this in the next entry.

Hope you all are keeping cool...we're actually wearing some wintry stuff. Take care, love to you all...

Ingrid, Joe and Colden

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