Ever the optimists with hopes of improved weather we braced ourselves, donned our rain gear and joined the Kenai Fjords boat excursion into the Kenai Fjords National Park. My friend and travel mate, is a collector of National Parks, having visited many of the parks in the lower 48 she was pleased to learn that she could add three more to her list from our Alaskan Adventure.
Besides rain, very large waves and a few green fellow travelers we saw wildlife, sea otters, sea lions, cormorants, bald eagles and even a gray whale. But the real prize was sailing very close to the face of the Aialik Glacier. This is one of many glaciers in the park not to mention the many more sprinkled liberally throughout Alaska. The sheer size and scale of this glacier was amazing but the sound of it calving into the water was even more so. We could hear the sound a bit before we saw the ice crashes.
The sun does shine in Alaska, just not very often. As we traveled from Seward to Homer the sun broke through with promise of a couple clear days ahead.
What to do when the sun shines in Alaska?…..have another Alaskan adventure to see what is around the next corner. It was a sign that said “See Bears Today”.
An hour flight across Cook Inlet on a six seat airplane and a pilot who looked all of 16 had us landing on the beach in Lake Clark NP inhabited mostly by bears. From the air we saw bears in the water fishing prior to our beach landing. Another sandy take off and landing put us in clear sight of a bear lumbering down the beach toward us….. we waited…..after walking quite close to us, he must have thought better and skirted inland for several yards before joining the beach just beyond us. We were told that these bears have plenty to eat on the island, are not hunted here and therefore do not feel threatened by humans. We did take precautions to stay in groups of three or more because a group of three looks bigger than a bear.
In Homer a wonderful sunny warm day trip on the Danny J to Halibut Cove topped off our trip and my birthday.