Fun in Alaska
This last September, my dear Husband, Frank and I went on our third cruise to Alaska. Can you tell be really like it? It is so amazing to see the beautiful landscapes carved from advancing glaciers. Be prepared for rain or drizzle if you decide to go there. Why? Because I learned on our first trip that Alaska is a rain forest! I bet you didn't know that fact about our 49th state.
All three visits, we charted a fishing boat out of Juneau. Chris, the owner of Rum Runner Charters, is solidly booked throughout Alaska’s summer tourist season. 1st trip, I caught the first and last silver salmon and overall we caught four. We had them processed and shipped to us. We had 35 pounds of fresh salmon and enjoyed it for two years.
From our first trip, we went by charted boat to get a close up of the North and South Sawyer glaciers. While there, we witnessed a fantastic glacier calving. So large that even the boat pilot and guide had not seen that big of a calving and they had been doing this excursion for many years. The section of glacier behind my head, that looks like a door, is what fell and created wonderful memories for those aboard.
On our second trip, the fishing was a bust because the area was full of Orca – the killer whales. Since Orca consume fish like salmon, we caught none. Zero. I was not happy.
But Chris made it okay for that disappointment to interact with another of Alaska beautiful wildlife. The Bald Eagle. He explained that our trip was in the start of tourist season (early May) and eagles are trying to feed their young. Fish was scarce ( remember, the Orca) and finding food was considerably hard on the eagles. He threw out pounds of animal fat strips and ‘called’ out and within a minute, we had no less than a dozen eagles swooping in around us aiming to grab the food. All I can say is OMG! They are such majestic creatures. No wonder why they are the National Emblem.
On this last trip, fishing was okay. This time, Frank caught the first and last and I got one. We decided to not bring home any of the catch, so we donated the food to some of the locals.
So my question to you is: Have you ever been to Alaska?