Friday, July 30, 2010

Kenai Fjords National Park


We boarded the Glacier Express for a day long tour out Resurrection Bay through the Harding Gateway, the Chiswell Islands to the Holgate Glacier, Aialik Peninsula and back to the small boat harbor at Seward.

Aialik Glacier views. After so many days of rain we picked a great day to get on the water.

We saw lots of sea otters, murres, puffins, Kittlitz's murrelets and seal lions.
Stellar sea lions grow to an average 8 feet long and weigh about 1500 lbs.

Gulls circle and gather in the middle of the waters awaiting their fish feed.

Whale boil. 5 to 6 whales travel together and gather large amounts of fish. The whales surface for these amazing views.

My camera could not capture this phenomena.
Six whales surfacing.

My best whale tail.....

Glaciers galore in the 700 square mile Harding Icefield, the largest icefield located entirely within the United States.

Another great summer day in Alaska

Peaks of the Holgate Glacier.

This glacier has been receding since the ice age 800 years ago.

There is constant activity at the glacier, sounds of popping and the roar of Calving of the glacier.

Our crew picked up ice from the glacier to make these special blue margaritas. Yes the ice actually is blue.

The end of a beautiful day.

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