Like Fishing in a Barrell

The 2 fishermen in the photo had snag hooks. They would cast the line out, and take a few seconds to pull it back in….with a fish. Every time, there was a salmon caught. THAT is how many fish were in the water.

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Gold Rush Days Continue…in the Rain

And of course it rained the hardest on the Big Day (Gold Rush Days). But they still had festivities…ever listen to music, or watch a parade in the pouring rain and 58′?

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It’s hard to see, but “It’s a robot…in the wild!”
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Valdez Harbor in the Fog

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More Photos of Columbia Glacier

Otters.
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Sea Lions are the black dots on ice bergs.
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Cruise to Columbia Glacier

Via Stan Stephenson.

We did the Kenai Fjords cruise out of Seward and this one, and I liked this one more. If you are going to both towns, and only want to go on one cruise, do this one.

No other boats around.
Snack of bagel, Oreos, soup. FREE water, coffee, tea (Tazo tea).
Plenty of room to view or take photos. No crowding.
Foggy and misty in Valdez but it cleared up after about 15 minutes and was relatively clear viewing for the rest of cruise.
Charming staff.
Can stand near the captain and see what he sees [he’s NOT in an enclosed room].

The captain said that there had to have been A LOT of calving over nite, due to all the ice bergs [they weren’t there yesterday].

The view when we were leaving the harbor:
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About 15 minutes later:
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See 2 white dots, a little over half way up in the center? Those dots are 2 eagles.
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Otters enjoying laying on the icebergs. I guess with all their hair and fat, they don’t get cold.
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The glacier used to come out this far, and has since receded…which is why there are NO trees.
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Shoup Bay Trail

Be on the lookout! Ralph says I have a voice to scare bears away…so yep, I sang with gusto.

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Pretty fireweeds along the way.
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The swampy trail leads to this view:
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Valdez Harbor When the Sun is Out!

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We Re-Visited Valdez Glacier Stream

When there was more fog.

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Can You See the Black Bear?

Regarding big animals, we saw one moose and 2 bears while in Alaska.

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Political Signs in Alaska

In the 3 places we visited in Alaska, there were A LOT of political signs on people’s lawns. I noticed that, unlike in the past, at least in the lower 48, these signs have the persons first name in large letters, instead of, typically, the last name. Unsure if this folksy, I’m your friend and neighbor trend is happening all over, or just in Alaska.

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