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Old 07-21-2012, 10:45 AM   #31
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Alaska Snorkeling, continued

More sealife

Urchins








Sea Cucumbers







Starfish - yes, it is raining, but this is one excursion where that does not matter!







Same starfish, back in its natural setting







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Old 07-21-2012, 10:50 AM   #32
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Alaska Snorkeling, conclusion

I was surprised at the variety, abundance and color of the underwater life













Starfish






Jellyfish (there were everywhere, but we were told that we had so little skin exposed, it should not be a problem)






Plants







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Oh wow! Your diving pictures are awesome! I would have never guessed so many wonderful opportunities for colorful and abundant sea life in Alaska. And your whale watching excursions looks wonderful. Love that they use pontoons for this. Must get to Alaska and enjoy all of this myself!
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:45 AM   #34
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I really loved those excursion pictures! I have read about the snorkeling before but never seen pictures of it. It looked neat! How cold was it?

And so many eagles...wow. I didn't realize they'd be so easy to see! Counting down till next year!
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Who would have thought of snorkeling in Alaska? Not me. But your pictures are amazing. How colorful. Glad you got to experience this.

And the whale watching photos were really cool too. Love the eagles. On occassion during the winter we might have some on the river by our house.
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Love it! Thanks so much. I can't wait to go in September!!!
You're welcome - we look forward to YOUR report!
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Your first two ports are amazing!!! I had no clue they have an option to bike back down from White Rail Pass. That is something we would definitely be interested in!
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Love it! Thanks so much. I can't wait to go in September!!!
I think it is a must-do for anyone who likes bikes - or wants something different. There are more pictures and details contained within last year's trip report (link in first post, I think)
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OMG Ellen. You are doing an absolutely amazing job as always. Just love your pictures and I want to go with you and Tom next time you go to Alaska! Your trips just look amazing and you would make an awesome tour guide! The scenery you see is just. . . . . WOW!

Thank you so much for sharing your trip and pictures with us again. And I just cracked up laughing with your wine experience on the train. Anise versus Anus. Yep, still laughing. Even had to tell Bobby about that one and he laughed too!

Thanks for reporting your 2012 Alaskan Adventure. Can't wait to read/see more of it. And be sure to tell Tom we said Hello!
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Oh wow! Your diving pictures are awesome! I would have never guessed so many wonderful opportunities for colorful and abundant sea life in Alaska. And your whale watching excursions looks wonderful. Love that they use pontoons for this. Must get to Alaska and enjoy all of this myself!
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I really loved those excursion pictures! I have read about the snorkeling before but never seen pictures of it. It looked neat! How cold was it?

And so many eagles...wow. I didn't realize they'd be so easy to see! Counting down till next year!
Water was cool, but not freezing. Wet suits kept us warm. I could only really feel the cold on my forehead (forgot about it over time) and my fingers - I have really skinny wrists and water would leak in - but even that would not discourage me from going again! In Juneau, as we bused from port to glacier, we passed a river (creek?) bed, with the tide out - there had to have been 80+ eagles perched in the bed - even the driver was surprised.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:17 PM   #37
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Tracy Arm - Part 1

Even with overcast sky, and many wonderful pictures from last year, I still ended up taking over 200 photos in Tracy Arm, a small subset of which you will see here.

Approaching Tracy Arm - I told myself that I was NOT going to spend 4 hours at the front of the ship this time. Instead, I spent 6, starting with this photo...






People on deck, getting ready to watch the scenery go by. This year, the deck chairs were out and cast members were handing out small fleece blankets and warm beverages.





Sailing by our first hanging glacier






Always impressive blues and greens...






This formation has a name as well - I wasn't paying attention - something about a bowl - we saw them in Glacier Natl Park the following week (pictures WILL be posted)






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Tracy Arm - Part 2

Mountains, trees, ice






The ice starts to get bigger






We turn the corner, and there, in the distance, is a small patch of pale blue - Sawyer Glacier!











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Tracy Arm - Part 3

Approach






Interesting Ice (endless variations)
















Two eagles perched on top of tree (two white dots, about 60% down the picture, and about 60% the distance to the right)







2012 version of "iconic Mickey Glacier...






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Tracy Arm - Part 4

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Your glacier pictures are AMAZING! So incredibly beautiful - nature is just incredible. Wow!
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Tracy Arm - Part 5

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Seal, splashing












Eagle, evaluating seal







More ice






Sense of place







Even the iceberg "calves" are calving (breaking in pieces)







Eagle, making off with his "prize" - a seal placenta (protein is protein!)







Calving splash







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Tracy Arm - Part 6

Final view, as we are departing - the sun finally breaks through












Sense of place













Departing, looking back













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So beautiful!! Keep the pictures coming...

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:39 AM   #45
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Seattle, again - what to do with 6 hours "in port"

We had about 6 hours to enjoy Seattle between disembarking the Wonder, and all-aboard on our Amtrak ride to Essex Montana. What to do? Check it out!

Seattle Library - I am a very big fan of libraries, not so much modern buildings - BUT we stayed across the street last year and wanted to share it with the family - after it, there was much to see, and it was FREE!

We took the elevator to the top floor, then started walking down the ramps. Each floor corresponded to it Dewey Decimal system number, and had side rooms for specialty topics, like maps, genealogy, etc.


View from the top floor






DN taking picture of Grandpa reading his newspaper







Planning out next move from the library coffee shop






Departing - the sculpture-fountain out front






Back at Iver's for lunch - we stick with what grandpa likes!







Followed by a beer flight (and one shared shot of Talisker) at Pike's Brewery






Dad and youngest brother (of 6), between beer and coffee







... this was almost certainly my dad's first and last cup of Starbucks, ss he really doesn't like to spend that much on a cup, nor support large corporations, but he participated, this once!








... concluding our day in Seattle at the Amtrak station.....






Up next - Essex Montana
- The Issac Walton Inn
- Glacier National Park - Going to the Sun Road



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