Rose Tuesday morning nice and early – had to be ready at the Boat Dock at 7:45am so we made it in good time and grabbed a takeaway coffee.
The boat was only small but powerful and our Captain was another lady – Callie and there were two other guests – Walt & Rae. We saw all sorts of wonderful creatures, including sea otters, puffins and mountain goats – and we went to the face of the Holgate Glacier, we had a nice warm drink while photographing the Glacier and watching the glacier calving (small bits falling off).
On our return to Seward we saw Orca – Yippey Dooooooo – I have never seen an Orca and we saw a whole family – they are near on impossible to photograph but I did get a couple the youtube will have pictures.
It was warm and the seas were calm, like glass most of the time. We had a wonderful day, back on land by 2pm and loved every minute of it. Would really recommend a trip like this and this company (Seward Sea Excursions) were excellent. Spoke to them a few times as we thought we might be delayed with the fires in Stirling but they were very patient and understanding.
Afterwards, we went into Seward town for a coffee and found a lovely old church converted to a gallery and coffee shop!! Wandered the streets and planned to go back to the Ocean Aquarium for a look and back up the main street (4th street) and found ice cream!!
Home for some more wonderful Sockeye Salmon (thank you Dianne and Ross).
Woke during the night and could smell the Stirling Highway fire (the one that held us up the other day), before daylight – Bert had the same concerns as I did. We were on a peninsula with only one road out, the air was thick with smoke and our eyes were burning. No need to be here and if the area started burning we were stuck! After fueling the truck and a coffee shack coffee, we packed up and headed to Anchorage.
Disappointed we had only 2 nights in Seward when we planned 5 nights but we did get our sea tour in.
Drove 2 hours to Anchorage and returned to the same RV park and the air is clear and we can see the sky and much more pleasant for us both.
One part of the highway travels close to the Cook Inlet for quite a few miles just before getting in Anchorage and we saw Beluga Whales – white whales – they were cruising the waters edge!! Another first, beautiful elegant creatures just taking their time… Bert did get some photos at a distance.
We have 2 nights here, and a spare day somewhere before heading onto Glacier View and Valdez.