Friday, September 14, 2018
After leaving Homer, we spent a night in Anchorage, a night in Wasilla and then started driving east on the Glenn Highway. Along this road we got our first real indication of the imminent arrival of fall.
The fireweed leaves were becoming bright red.
We started seeing lots of the fireweed plant producing fluffy seed pods that look like a warning of impending snow!
The Matanuska Glacier
The Chugach Mountains
A cluster of tiny wildflowers
After Seward, we decided to spend Labor Day weekend in Homer, Alaska. Homer is a popular fishing town and is known as the Halibut Capital of Alaska, so we bought halibut and salmon for our motorhome freezer. Homer is also situated at the mouth of the very scenic Kachemak Bay.
A couple of views across Kachemak Bay
There were a lot of fishing boats sailing in and out of the harbor.
Where there are fish, often there are Bald Eagles.
Something in the water was attracting this concentration of gulls. A few were diving after something in the water.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The other thing to see on the Kenai Fjords tours is the wildlife of the Gulf of Alaska.
A Black Bear
While very agile under the water, with their plump bodies and short wings Puffins are not graceful fliers and have a hard time getting airborne from the water.
Stellar Sea Lions
On our return, the captain diverted to a reported "superpod" of Orcas that the on-board National Park ranger estimated as 20 to 30 whales. For a while, we saw Orcas in every direction from the boat.
Since the weather forecast was promising a nice sunny day, we booked one of the boat tours to view some of the glaciers within Kenai Fjords National Park.
The current Seward harbor
Waiting to board the Glacier Express
A trio of small cirque glaciers behind Resurrection Bay
One of the many waterfalls seen during the trip
Bear Glacier, which is no longer a tidewater glacier
Some of the scenery we passed
(for scale, find both boats in the picture!)
These glacier seracs can be as tall as multi-story buildings.
Nearby hanging glaciers
All of the glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park are fed by the massive Harding Ice Field.
Our first view of Aialik Glacier
A sculpted chunk of ice from Aialik Glacier
A chunk of ice calving off of Aialik Glacier
A group of kayakers viewing Aialik Glacier
Scenery during the return towards Seward