Humpbacks, Greys, and Seals, Oh My!

When you are viewing whales, how can you be in a bad mood?  Is that even possible?

Mid-april means the grey whales are passing through the Gulf of Alaska on their way from winters in Baja to a summer in the Bering Sea and lots of humpbacks are visiting after a rough winter in Hawaii proving that not only human Alaskans make Hawaii their vacation spot.  I met up with two friends in Seward for another fun day of whale watching tour and a night away.

The drive from Anchorage through the Kenai Peninsula to Seward is, in a word, spectacular.  Incredible mountains rising straight out of Turnagain Arm… every time I move to Denali I regret not exploring south of Anchorage more often.

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In some places the ocean was quite broken up, in other places, the ice was still heavy.

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Seward’s small boat harbor.

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The fjord of Resurrection Bay is just so damn beautiful…

The boat ride was COOOLD, but well worth it.  And that’s what layering is for, right?

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Spot the mountain goats?

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But now, the real reason you are here – WHALES!  We were lucky enough to have the best whale sightings I’ve experienced on any of my 3 Alaska whale tours.

I hope you enjoy this 2 minute montage of trip highlights.  I apologize for some shaky video.  Photographing whales is always difficult, and occasionally choppy seas added to the fun on this trip.

Leaving Seward the next day, I took a side trip to Portage Glacier, near Anchorage.  I think I need to try kite skiing sometime!

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Have you ever seen whales (Sea World doesn’t count)?  If you haven’t, I encourage you to get out there!

I have now arrived for the season in Denali.  It’s snowy and cold – negative 4 F this morning at 7am.  With luck, I’ll be able to start sharing some nice wildlife footage soon.

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