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Old 07-07-2013, 08:24 AM   #241
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What a day! Just sailing surrounded by those spectacular mountains would be enough, and then all that wildlife! Wonderful little photo-stories here. I love that you caught the eagle in flight and also got a shot of his arrival at the nest. And the puffins just cruising along, and then taking off (I just LURVE ) those puffins! And the incredibly adorable series of the baby mountain goat. Oh, and all the whales!
It was a heck of a day. It was nice that we weren't in a rush, so it was possible to just watch a given set of animals for a period (or flip back and forth between whales, puffins, seals ...)

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Wow, what amazing scenery and wildlife sightings. I was so excited to see your photos of the puffins - they are one of my favourites.
We loved the puffins too - going to see some more later this month (in real life, in Maine )

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Wow, what a day! You certainly hit the wildlife quota on just day 1! Amazing pictures!
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What a great few days! How awesome that you got to visit Glacier Bay NP! I love the puffin pictures as well; and of course I'm jealous that you got to see a moose and have photographic proof of it
Thanks - but it wasn't really a very exciting moose )

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What a wonderful day! The wildlife was amazing. Particularly loved the puffins playing and the mountain goats. How close were you to the goats? You obviously have a great zoom on your camera.
Hard to estimate how close we were to the goats - somewhere between 50-100 yds (the channel narrowed some, and they were on the cliff beside us). I used a 400mm zoom lens on my DSLR, but many of the wildlife shots are cropped further before saving.

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just catching up on 2 updates and what can I say but WOW The 3 photos that follow your line of then the scenery starting to get more interesting are stunning. The line of birds so close to the water, the mist hanging in the air and the 3rd shot where you see the rope on the rail of the boat is maybe my favourite scene shot so far.
Then the next update is chalk full of wildlife, the puffin looking like it's running above the water with its reflection so clear. WoW. And the mountain goat shots are amazing. What a day!
We must have similar tastes - I like those scenery shots too. Wildlife is exciting, but I had just as much fun with the landscape shots.

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Spectacular! What a day! I can't get over the lushness of the area...well, I live in a desert pretty much, so anything green and wet really captures my eye! The colors of the plant life are so beautiful, and the fungi are so cool!

Love the puffins! I have GOT to practice my photography skills! I would love to be able to take pictures like this that are so vivid that I can look back on them and really re-live everything! Then again, I could just keep staring at your pics in amazement because it really feels like I'm there with you!
Thanks, Jeannie - glad you liked the photos, and those cute puffins.

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Wow! The scenery is breathtaking. The animals are amazing! I love the interaction with the mountain goats. The whales amaze me too! I can understand why you'd be tired after capturing these wonderful moments!
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Oh my goodness, sensory overload with all the scenery and wildlife encounters! Marvelous day! I'm especially fond of puffins, so I really enjoyed those photos!
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I'm all caught up. All I can say is - Wow! Awesome! Cool!

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Full rich day! Gorgeous!
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Week No. 3, Day 3 (Monday, 6/03) - Relaxing in Glacier Bay


We spent the night anchored in Reid Inlet, near Reid Glacier. Waking up about 6am, this was the view:










There was a big brown bear, right across from the boat when I exited our cabin. Whoa, that's one way to start the morning. I watched a while, then headed downstairs for coffee and some more views:





The menu for the day looked promising:





The kayaks were out (note - no photoshopping, the water really was that color and that calm):




We went out on our morning Skiff Tour, and were lucky to have Ranger Fay as our guide:





The Grand Pacific Glacier - which is partly in Canada. It is a yellowish color, due to lots of dirt and rocks that have moved with the glacier over the years:





Another bald eagle, sitting on a nest:





A harbor seal swims through the very cold water and ice:




The wake from the skiff made interesting patterns:





Coming back to the boat, anchored near Reid Glacier:





Once on board, we watched the kayakers coming and going:










A close up of the glacier:





Lou took advantage of the downtime before lunch to work on his photos - and take a nap.





This was the perfect opportunity for me to verify something - Yep, I knew it. Grumpy Bear is definitely of the genus "Grizzly."





Chili and Cornbread for lunch hit the spot:





I took some photos after lunch - here is the Grand Princess, cruising past The Grand Pacific Glacier:





The Grand Princess meets the Diamond Princess:





We were off for the afternoon Shore Walk:




It was nice to stroll along the rocky beach, and see what we could see:



































Cocktail hour, and also time to learn about tomorrow's activities:





Dinner was excellent - I had the halibut. Lou also enjoyed the lamb chops:










I took a break outside before the evening program - it was not really raining, but misting slightly:










Whoa - it looks like we are about to re-enact a scene from the Poseidon Adventure:





And, finally, our evening entertainment. We had picked up a very special visitor this afternoon. Miss Elizabeth, one of the very first tourists to visit Glacier Bay. She presented a slide show about the early days, and what it was like to travel to such a far away place:










It was, of course, Ranger Fay. She was magnificent as Miss Elizabeth. This is a program she developed herself, and her boss was reluctant for her to try it out. However, once she did, and got rave reviews, she was allowed to continue giving her presentation on the smaller boats. She made her costume herself:




This completes another day. Not every day is a Wildlife Bonanza, but that's OK; it provides an opportunity to appreciate other aspects of Alaska.


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A beautiful day. Waking up to that brown bear was a real bonus. I love the photos of the wake, and of Grumpy bear's bear-sized shoe! The shot of the kayaks with the glacier-melt water is stunning. Glad to see that the creativity and simplicity of the menu continues on this ship.
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Your pictures are all so beautiful! You got to see a lot of wildlife this week!! I don't know which I'm more excited about, the momma and baby Orca, the puffins or the baby mountain goat (he was just so cute!!)
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Such stunning wildlife shots, starting with that amazing view when you work up - wow!
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How cool to see a brown bear right as you get up! The water both in color and calmness is breathtaking. We live on the Ohio River which is usually a choppy, muddy mess. The Alaskan water appears to be so pure still.
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A beautiful day. Waking up to that brown bear was a real bonus. I love the photos of the wake, and of Grumpy bear's bear-sized shoe! The shot of the kayaks with the glacier-melt water is stunning. Glad to see that the creativity and simplicity of the menu continues on this ship.
Yes - the food continued to be good. It was another good day.

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Your pictures are all so beautiful! You got to see a lot of wildlife this week!! I don't know which I'm more excited about, the momma and baby Orca, the puffins or the baby mountain goat (he was just so cute!!)
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Yes, I think both the water and the air are still nice and pure in Alaska. It can look muddy sometimes near the glaciers, but often was the beautiful blue/aqua color.
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I think I would enjoy Ranger Fay's talk. Glad her efforts are well received. The bear looks massive, how great to wake up to wildlife. The food also looked excellent today.
Favourites today are the kayak shots & the glacier up close. Keep them coming
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Your pictures are just so amazing!!! Are you a professional photographer???
You have seriously got me wanting to (A) invest in a better camera and (B) learn to take pictures really well!
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I just read the entire TR and all I can say is "UTTERLY AMAZING!" While looking at all of the gorgeous photos, I told DH this is what we need to do. Thank you for sharing it all and your descriptions and insides are very helpful.
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I think I would enjoy Ranger Fay's talk. Glad her efforts are well received. The bear looks massive, how great to wake up to wildlife. The food also looked excellent today.
Favourites today are the kayak shots & the glacier up close. Keep them coming
Ranger Fay was a very nice addition to our time in Glacier Bay. The halibut was some of the best I've had.

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You have seriously got me wanting to (A) invest in a better camera and (B) learn to take pictures really well!
Thank you - No, I'm not a professional photographer - I just enjoy photography as a hobby. The Alaska scenery and wildlife made it easy to take some nice photos. (And, many of the photos I've posted were taken without the DSLR - the only ones where I really found the bigger camera helpful were the wildlife close ups.)

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Tuesday, June 4th; Week No. 3, Day No. 4; Our Last Day in Glacier Bay


Today's update is a bit shorter than the previous ones. We anchored at Geikie Inlet in Glacier Bay. There was some nice scenery, and a little bit of wildlife, but it was a quiet day.


It rained off and on during the morning. We opted to scratch ourselves from the Shore Walk; not so much because of the rain, but because we decided to spend a quiet morning just reading and relaxing.





It was a nice morning for a latte and a good book:





The menu, as usual, looked good today:





Fortunately, the sun came out after lunch, even though there were still some clouds:





Lou spots a black bear on shore as we are preparing to go out on our Skiff Tour:










Lou and Ranger Fay pose for a photo - she's a tiny gal!





The Skiff Tour was fine - it was a little rough out there, and we had an inexperienced driver - she kept getting Ranger Fay splashed with the surf. We did see some Mountain Goats --- wayyyyy up on a mountain, a black bear on shore (probably the same one we'd seen earlier), some eagles in their nest, and more scenery:















Here are a couple of photos showing the type of terrain the more difficult hike covered today:


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I had to skip out on dessert because word was there were some Orcas ... Lou was kind enough to bring my dessert to the cabin so I had it as a late night snack.










Some other views along the way:










This otter is probably a female - they often have a pink scar on their nose because the male otter bites them on the nose during mating. Ouch!!!





We couldn't really hang around to watch the Orcas, because we had somewhere to be - we were dropping Ranger Fay at Bartlett Cove.



Some of you may be interested to know that Glacier Bay has an educational program for kids that is available through the internet. A teacher can arrange to have a live interactive video program with a Glacier Bay Ranger on several different topics. The developer of this program is Fay's husband, Ranger Steve. Here is a link in case you're interested.


Saying goodbye to Bartlett Cove. This is some place we definitely would like to visit again:





We continued watching for whales and more as we cruised towards Icy Strait. We didn't see any, but it was still a nice evening. This photo was taken at 9:30 pm - still light outside:





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Glacier Bay looks like a great place to visit. We did Hubbard Glacier on our cruise, and, although it was beautiful, I really didn't think it was as enjoyable to see as Sawyer and, from your photos, Glacier Bay. Your next update looks intriguing!!
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What a lovely, quiet day, with moments of excitement! Lou definitely has an affinity for bears-- I love the look on his face as he spots one! I never saw any mountain goats, although I suspect they were there, but hard to make out. I love your teaser!
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