Squirl's Nest

Friday, September 07, 2007

Alaska, Cruisin', Part 5

We got up early on Monday so we could drive the 2 1/2 hours down to Seward for the day cruise. It was raining a bit on the way, but it wasn't too bad. What was great was the double rainbow it caused.

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We got there with plenty of time to spare so we sat and enjoyed the sun and scenery.

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Then we finally got going. It was just beautiful, if a bit chilly.

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If you look at this on Flickr I put a note so you could see where the eagle is.
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Here's one of the shots of seals that I got.
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Here's the glacier that we stayed at for about a half hour, watching it calving. I'd never heard the term before but I found out it means big chunks falling off and hitting the water with the sound of an explosion.
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This one looks much cooler in the larger size.
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Every time I look at this I expect to see palm trees. This just looks tropical to me.
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This bunch of seals was really neat. I like the old guy who was heading down to the water. If you look at the picture in Flickr I put a note on him so you can find him.
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Here is the lodge where we had a nice salmon dinner.
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Here are some whale bones we saw on the beach.
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And here's the boat waiting to take us back to port.
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Here's the whole cruise set.

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22 comments

Blogger Ern said...

That rainbow is amazing! As are the other pictures. (I spotted the eagle without flickr's help!)

Fri Sep 07, 08:17:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Erin, that rainbow was so gorgeous. I'm glad I got to see it. I should've known that you would see the eagle. A true bird watcher.
:-)

Fri Sep 07, 08:55:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I love the seals!!! Soon, the bald eagles will be migrating south -- we usually see a lot of them here in the winter, but they all head north in the summer.

I'm fascinated by whale bones. There's even a home here that has a vertebra and ribs that serve as the entrance to the home -- they're so huge!

Glad that you had such a great time and got such awesome photos!

Fri Sep 07, 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Oh yeah, I spotted the eagle too. Neener Neener!

Fri Sep 07, 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Courtney, the seals were fun to watch. I never thought about the eagles migrating. Hee hee, good eye that you caught it, too. :-)

The whale bones were all gray and weathered. Just had to get a picture. Thanks!

Fri Sep 07, 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger ladymadaysia said...

Sweet pictures!

I love the whale bones on the beach. I didn't read the text before I had looked at the pictures and I thought maybe they would be dinosaur bones that were on display. ;)

Fri Sep 07, 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous platypus said...

I'm loving the whal bones too. Wow! How wonderful that they're still there and haven't been taken by tourists.

Sat Sep 08, 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

LadyM, I thought the whale bones were really cool, too. Too bad they weren't dinosaur bones.
:-)

Platypus, thank goodness this is a teeny little island. I think only the cruise ships go here. Kinda hard to walk away with bones that size. :-)

Sat Sep 08, 08:15:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

That is the MOST FANTASTIC rainbow picture I've EVER seen!!!! Too bad about the wires. :(

I've always said that the only cruise I'd ever want to take, would be an Alaskan cruise. Your pictures proved me right.

Sun Sep 09, 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, there was no way to keep the wires out of the shot. But the rainbow was just amazing.

An Alaskan cruise is the way to go. I don't know if I'd want to do the kind where you live on the boat, but a day cruise, 8.5 hours for the one we did, is great!

Sun Sep 09, 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wonderful, Squirl! What a great adventure! Thanks again for letting us vicariously travel with you.

Sun Sep 09, 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Yeah, our home sunset photos always have wires too. They're the only thing spoiling perfection. :(

I'm too claustrophobic to live on a cruise ship. A day cruise is the only way to go!

Sun Sep 09, 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nick, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I wish I could've sent you some of the cool weather from there.

tshsmom, you'd really like it, I'm sure. Just don't know when you guys will get the time.

Sun Sep 09, 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

Lovely, just lovely.

Sun Sep 09, 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

So cool. I loved all your photo's through the trip. You must have had a wonderful time. Still waiting for the Guest speaker LOL... I can just imagine the beauty he saw while alone after you came home.

Mon Sep 10, 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Double rainbows = twice as gay!

Dem bones, dem bones, dem whale bones.

Your pictures are always so purty. I still say, next time you and I are taking a girls' vacation. No one will know what either one of us looks like, because we will have cameras in front of our faces the entire time.

Mon Sep 10, 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Great pictures, Squirl! What a wonderful adventure. Thanks for letting us tag along.

Mon Sep 10, 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I love the rainbow photo.

And it is great that you had such a nice cruise. It sounds and looks just lovely. :-)

Tue Sep 11, 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger chiapet said...

I hope you can hear my "ARTART EAARARRRTT's" from all the way over there. It's my seal of appreciation ;-)

Tue Sep 11, 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

htgt, thank you!

Tweety, I'll see if I can get him to write that post.

Bucky, twice as gay is twice as good? I think a camera trip with you would be lots of fun.

Laurie, thank you, and wow, you're welcome.

Danielle, thanks! You guys should go there sometime. I think you'd like it.

Chiakittn, thanks for the seal!

Wed Sep 12, 07:36:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Wonderful as always Squirl. The rainbow took my breath away.

Wed Sep 19, 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Nina! I'm glad you enjoyed them. Especially when your pictures are so beautiful. :-)

Wed Sep 19, 04:55:00 PM  

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