Thursday, July 2, 2015

AUWPS 7 - Kenai Fjords Private Tour

Sea Lion Dive

Natural Habitat:
Iconic images of Alaska are on display today as we board a private charter boat for a cruise through a realm where the Ice Age still lingers. Our small boat allows us to approach wildlife at intimate range, and Kenai Fjords National Park provides unparalleled opportunities for photographing marine life including orcas, Dall's porpoise, a large colony of puffins and myriad other seabirds.  
Mighty tidewater glaciers grind their way to the sea's edge, and we may be fortunate to capture exciting images of icebergs calving with a huge splash. The water is filled with floating bits of ice, often tinged blue, and we'll be able to get plenty of classic Alaskan shots. Following our all-day outing, our boat returns us to Fox Island for a final night.
After a delicious breakfast at the Wilderness Lodge, we were off to Resurrection Bay and our private tour of the Kenai Fjords. (All the meals at the lodge were, as the kids would say, "totes delish".)


There were Tufted Puffins, Horned Puffins, Eagles, and many other seabirds that the birders among us appreciated (and knew the detailed names of).

There were Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Dall's Porpoises (who seem to enjoy escorting moving vessels).

We made a close approach of a massive glacier (Aialik, I believe) and experienced The Katabatic Breeze™ firsthand. We even pulled up a chunk of glacial ice and enjoyed an adult beverage cooled by chunks of it. There's an interesting gender study to be done on the beverage selection under such conditions.

Kenai Fjords Private Tour

An overnight time lapse of Resurrection Bay from the dining room seemed appropriate. So I let it rip. The incoming clouds made it seem darker than it really gets. The cruise ship at the end was a nice bonus.

Overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

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