This post is admittedly not about Sprout. In fact, it is pre-Sprout. However, we thought some people may be interested in our Alaskan travel and wanted to move our prior posts to this blog. This is post 7 of 13 in our Honeymoon Series.
Location: Seward, Ak
We hope you’ll excuse us, but we are going to use this opportunity to brag a little bit! Our honeymoon was planned for a two week duration. Before coming to Alaska, we spent 5 days in San Francisco, where Jacqui presented her research at a conference. So, in total, we will be away from home for nearly 3 weeks with several flavors of dress requirements. However, in our travels, we did not check a single bag on our flights, choosing to carry on all of our clothing and other necessities (and a few books for Aaron). We are quite proud of ourselves for this accomplishment (although Jacqui has always been an exceptional packer, taking only a backpack to Peru for two months several years back). However, we decided we needed to take some time to clean up some of our garments, in particular, our hiking clothes due to some of the messy trail conditions we encountered and the cooler-than-expected weather.
We were told about some coin-operated machines out of town some distance near a salmon hatchery, so we drove there to check out where the fish are collected and studied. We were under the impression the salmon runs don’t reach their peak until the late summer, so we were surprised to see that they had already started – the water near the hatchery flume already looked like College Avenue on a home game weekend. If the fish were PSU fans, that is.
The primary activity for the day, though, was a 6-hour boat tour through Kenai Fjords National Park. We snagged some great seats on the upper deck, the only down side was that the boat traveled at 32 knots leaving us a bit windblown. It was a sunny day and we were well equipped (with Jacqui in her winter cap and gloves). We had the opportunity to see marine wild life and an awe-inspiring glacier. In total we traveled about 40 miles through the fjords. Rather than describing it in more depth we will let the pictures speak for themselves. Let us know your favorites.
The Aialik glacier, towering 300-400 ft above us, is a tidewater glacier that flows at a rate of 4 to 5 feet per day from the Harding Icefield.
As we looked up at the glacier, we heard a large cracking sound as ice began calving. The pictures below show the process.
Already a bit unstable from calving, a little later more ice falls from the same region.
Close-ups of the glacier…..
After leaving the glacier….
Heading back we came across a family of Orcas with at least one calf. After a while, the mama seemed to get a bit frustrated with us and began slapping her tail. The captain took the message and we left the spot to respect the whales.
In the evening we went to a local fish fry hosted by the kayak tour folks and had some tasty halibut and sockeye salmon that they had caught early that day. We mingled with some curious guys who just graduated from Tulane, one of whom just got a job at Los Alamos and the other, whose passion was ancient Greek philosophy and who can actually read ancient Greek. From what we can tell, the saying seems true: that the most colorful people shake out towards the ends of the earth. The time flew by; we looked down at our watches and noticed that it was already past 10pm despite the sun in the sky.