This morning we made breakfast for the 4 of us. Bob cooked bacon and I made corned beef hash. We had eggs and toast and Janet made her delicious Orange Julius. Unfortunately Bob’s and my stomach were not feeling well this morning so we opted out on the juice.
We walked over to the harbor to Stan Stephens building and checked in at 11am.
It was a seven hour cruise that departed at noon. It was a much small ship then the one we took in Seward and it had more indoor space.
We past a lot of boats lined up to fish. They take turns put out their nets and pulling the fish in. Then they move to the end of the line and wait their turn again.
We continued into Prince William Sound and saw ice bergs in the water, water falls and small glaciers.
We were served a light lunch of soup, clam chowder or minestrone, a bagel and cream cheese and cookies.
The Columbia Glacier was the last of the of Alaska’s tidewater glacier to go into a retreat. The retreat began in 1978, and by 1983 it was losing an increasing amount of ice. In 2002, it has retreated a distance of 7.5 miles, leaving approximately 18 miles to go before reaching bedrock on shore. This retreat is “history in the making”.
I was disappointed as we saw very little wildlife on the cruise. Some sea otters.
These are the old guys, you can tell because of the gray faces.
Then we saw some sea lions
We saw this family hanging out on the bowie Mamma, Dad and baby in the middle.
As we returned Jesse and I sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine
We saw more fishing boats
Exon Valdez Oil Terminal
Then back into the harbor
As we were walking back to the camp ground we saw this boat unloading it’s catch. We watched them unload more then 1,600 pounds of salmon and they were not finished.