My last trip was to Valdez, Alaska to teach at the Valdez Quilt Festival. I came a day early to Valdez and stayed an extra day in Anchorage to see at least a little bit of Alaska. The photo above was taken at the harbor in Valdez (pronounced val-DEEEZ) shortly before we headed out on the Columbia Glacier Cruise.
The captain and crew were wonderful, giving us a running commentary of what we were seeing which included the geography, history, and wildlife of the area. They went out of their way to show us the most coolest stuff. And I was such a tourist. I spent most of my time running from one end of the boat to the other taking pictures. Most of them didn’t come out, but a fellow passenger (from Taiwan) named Charles shared his pictures with me (and you)!
We saw an EAGLE!
Or, if you were looking at my pictures, a small blurry object at the top of a tree. Actually, zoomed in so far I had to look through the eye hole thing and got two shots of the wrong tree!
I just got rocks with blurry things. And my sea lions on the buoy looked pretty fuzzy. Good thing Charles brought his camera!
Yup, he got way better pictures of the icebergs too, but I got to HOLD one!
The crew fished this baby iceberg out of the drink for a photo op. That’s fellow teacher Marsha McCloskey. I’m the idiot without a hat on. And may I mention I’m not wearing any gloves either? Yeah, it was kind of cold.
The best fun was when we saw the WHALE!
We followed it around and cut the engines and waited for it to come up for air. It surfaced a couple dozen times, first on one side of the boat and then the other. Then he popped up in front, and then behind. I got a fair amount of exercise
By time I could get the whale in the camera viewfinder, he was under that water again!
I need to get my eyes checked again.
The Columbia Glacier was most impressive. So was going through the baby icebergs in the boat! And for that, we have video! Check out what sounds like rain drops. It’s not raining. The icebergs are making that sound!
Here’s Part 2 of the video. We’re pretty close to the ice!
And finally, Part 3. Listen to the clunking of the icebergs against the boat.
Marsha spotted this little guy in the hotel parking lot as we were having breakfast one morning. I ran out there with my camera, possibly a little too fast. We both backed-up when we realized how close we got to each other. I kept my distance after that, but isn’t he “cuddly?” Love the waddle. He may have left a present in the parking lot, but I’m not sure.
You’ll have to watch the video. The shrieking in the background might have been a seagull. I really wasn’t paying attention.
Valdez is surrounded by MOUNTAINS! Who knew! (It was dark when I flew in.)
I took this photograph just before sunset. The light was really beautiful.
My Alaska trip was wonderful! I got to visit with old friends and make new ones too. My students were terrific, and the women who put on the conference could not have been nicer. It was a trip of a lifetime! I hope you enjoyed the little travelblog.
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