Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Getting To and From the Holgate Glacier


Finally, I am on the small tour boat and we are headed toward our paddle point. We see wildlife on the way… seals on rocks and Dall dolphins chasing the boat.  No whales… they are gone for the season.  I kept asking what time the whales were scheduled… and people kept laughing at me.  Didn’t they know I was serious?


Boat stacked high with kayaks (dingy on the back, kayaks on the deck, more kayaks on the upper deck), and our youngest member, 10 year old Devon hanging on with anticipation.


The dolphins chasing the boat, though, that was the wildlife highlight for me.


More wildlife seen along the way, otters, seals, birds.




The sea got very very rough as we entered the mouth of the Cook Inlet… the ocean… in fact I swear at one point we were air born.  I think I even got whiplash.


The dark seal on the left is a large male.  Just a second after I took this photo, he raised his flipper as if to wave goodbye to us.


A little shipboard humor.


Sea otter who was not the least disturbed by our presence.


Young Devon looking at a video of an octopus someone caught.

The Road Trip–Anchorage-Seward-Anchorage.
Getting To and From the Holgate Glacier
The Sister and Her Land
Alaska Flora and Fauna
The Flights To and From Alaska

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Anywhere, USA, Full-Time USA traveler, United States
In 2006, I was shopping for a wheelchair. By 2007, I had new knees, better health and by 2008 a kayak. In Aug 2013, I kayaked my 49th state, Alaska, at the Holgate Glacier and in May 2014, I kayaked Hawaii, my 50th state, to celebrate my 70th Birthday and the finale to the wonderful adventure of Kayaking America? Next up... Solo Hiking the Arizona Trail, 820 miles? Maybe. Still healing from shoulder and trying to decide.