Even in the rain and
fog it is beautiful up here. This is
Column Point at the top of Lisianski Inlet.
After Pelican we once again
buzzed Point Adolphus and watched whales appearing on
all sides of us until we had our fill. The
rain let up enough that we were all outside and
David turned the engines off so we could hear
them. Chacha liked to hear the sound of them breathing
up close to us. We did warn her, however, that you
do not want to be downwind of them when they exhale.
The halitosis will absolutely knock you out.
It was a wonderful whale-watching adventure.
They are having a pectoral
fin-flapping good time.
Up they come ...
... spouting away.
The PRIZE PHOTO of a whale
belongs to Michael. Very artistic. This is a frameable
Photo by Michael Thacker
More beauty in the mist.
The eagle show at Swanson
Harbor was staged by David. (Thanks for the idea,
Pat.) He threw a long-saved (and VERY stinky)
halibut carcass onto the shore.
Did I mention it was stinky?
Here is Chacha trying to not gag on the stench.
An eagle swooped down and
sounded its ownership before Dave barely
got the skiff into reverse.
Mine. All mine.
That's a real king-of-the-hill
The tide was coming in
so Dave drove up to the shore with the intention
of dragging the carcass to higher ground.
Well, the eagle didn't
like the idea. As in: Mine!
I can drag it. You can't
Inevitably, there was another
interested eagle around.
In a very uncharacteristic
scene, the two of them shared the carcass.
OK - enough with the eagles.
Did I tell you we think our guests had a good
time while onboard the Royal Sounder? Here they
are dancin' up a storm. We miss them.
Sorry to say they are back
in Santa Fe at WORK.
Today we are looking forward to the arrival of
our next cruising guest, Mark. He is the publisher
of the cruising guide book I worked on.
Our cruise with Mark onboard will take us
up the 24 miles of Tracy Arm to the South
Sawyer Glacier. Our fingers are crossed that we
will be able to make it all the way up to the
face of the glacier. The heavy snowfall in SE
AK this year has made it impossible for most cruisers
to get past all the icebergs in the water and
cruise close to the glacier. A report from Pegasus last
week said they could not get all the way up -
but almost. They think there will be just about
enough ice melt by now that
we might make it all the way up.
We'll let you know what happens. Hopefully, with
pictures of the glacier!
M/V Royal Sounder