Monday, October 17, 2011

Busted Glacier, but Beautiful Sitka (Part 1 - kayaking)

The winds were 'too high' to get into see the Hubbard Glacier - the advertised sunbathe while listening to a glacier calving spot.  It was interesting as there were no white caps in sight -- Mommy says thats a good indicator of how windy it is (aka not windy).  I'll take her word for it.

So we headed off to Sitka - our favorite stop of the cruise.  Mommy & Daddy ditched us with Grandma & Grandpa while they went kayaking. 

 It was beautiful in one of the little back bays.

 There were salmon everywhere (orangy/red blurs in the water).
 And they were jumping like crazy.  Mommy kept trying to get the perfect picture of a fish out of water... but she mostly got lots of splashes.

The weather was beautiful... until it started pouring on the way back.  Luckily they got rain slickers and had chowder and hot cider in the floating cabin when they returned.

We met up at the dock back to the ship for an afternoon together and to tell them about our adventures.


Grandma Aileen said...

Dahlia saw an eagle close up at the Raptor Recovery Center where injured bald eagles, hawks, and owls are taken care of before being released back to the wild (Davin slept through this). At the bear sanctuary, we all watched baby bear orphans being fed and then got to feed some sheep and goats with donated scraps from the local restaurants. We had lots of fun touching sea stars and anemone at a little aquarium next to a salmon hatchery.

Grandpa Jim/Nana Lynn said...

Too bad you and Davin didn't get to go kayaking as well. We are sure you would have caught one of the salmon for your mom so she could take the picture (and then release it, of course, so it could do its thing). You might have gotten wet during the downpour though; so. maybe it was better than you missed that boat. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with Grandma Aileen and Grandpa Ken at the various places you went (raptors and bears, oh my!!!).