Previously, on the Alaska trip--
Glacier Bay, Part 1
The palm trees around the pool seem especially out of place.
Click for bigger, teal-ier colors.
Conditions were favorable for us that day; we got to sail back and see John Hopkins Glacier.
And Topeka! Yup, that's a glacier up there in the dip between the mountains. Also, I'm pretty sure there's a bear there somewhere, as our helpful park ranger on the intercom was saying, "If you look to the right of the boat, there is a bear...right by the triangular rock."
No, we never actually saw a bear. However, we did see eagles. If you click to embiggen this picture, you'll see them on the ice floe right in front.
In fact, we saw so many eagles, that things started to go like this:HEY! What's that on that ice floe?!? Is that a sea otter?Aw, it's just an eagle. In fact, it started to sound a lot like "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!":"What'd you see??"=) "I saw a sea otter!"=D "I saw a bear!"=( "I saw a rock...er, eagle." We did end up seeing some (extremely cute, squee-worthy) sea otters later, with their little paws tucked up to their chins, when we were leaving the park. But again, no zoom lens to speak of, so no pictures. They were visible with the binoculars (did I mention this before?? If you go to Alaska, ABSOLUTELY BRING BINOCULARS!!), but that's about it. I actually have tried taking pictures with the weensy camera through a binocular lens, but this works just about as well as you'd expect it to (i.e., NOT AT ALL).
Finally, we had to leave. The clouds lifted as we exited the park, and the whales began to wave hello.
|Otters and eagles and whales, oh my!|