Last week’s post was about day trips from Anchorage. This week is our cruise to see wildlife and glaciers from Seward.
Family and friends had told us to take a cruise so that we could see the glaciers. Working, as we were, from land, we arranged our own cruise. We booked a sightseeing cruise sailing from Seward. Seward is a bit over two hours drive south of Anchorage.
We drove down in the morning, arriving in time to check in and browse the gift shop. Before long we boarded and found seats on the upper deck. While waiting to depart, a convocation of bald eagles. There must have been 15 or 20 of them, soaring high overhead, waiting for fish from the fishing boats in the harbor.
Once we departed, we saw a glacier that is really three glaciers that have merged together.
Farther down Resurrection Bay we turned into another bay, where we saw Exit Glacier. While we were there the glacier was calving.
Not far from the glacier we saw some amazing rock formations rising from the water. One had a bald eagle perched on it.
On the way back to Seward we passed a rock with seals basking in the unseasonably warm September sun. Before long, there were Orcas around the boat, one swimming directly under the boat. Apparently they were hoping to find a seal.
After driving back to Anchorage, we arrived in time to stop at one of the parks for sunset.
Next time: Denali!