Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Alaska ~ part six (Icy Strait Point)

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Icy Strait Point is located in the little town of Hoonah Alaska on Chichagof island.

Hoonah is a beautiful, small, port stop. It has fantastic ocean and mountain views. We left the ship and took a bus through the town to a remote part of Alaska where we hiked in the woods. It was so beautiful and peaceful. It was a small group and we were looking for bears. The excursion was a bear watch and a whale watch. We didn't see any bears but the views were so spectacular - just what I pictured in Alaska that we didn't mind one bit!

I mean just look at that!

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and this in the other direction.

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Our little group was silent hoping to see bears. I was just breathing in all that beauty.

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and then we looked up - right in front of us!

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It was actually the coolest thing to watch - right there - like living in a nature channel!

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I chatted with Scott about him finding a principal position there and me finding a 4th grade classroom open - it was just that amazing!

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Look at the clouds and you can see the bald eagles flying!

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After our hike back we went on a smaller boat (not the cruise ship) for a whale hunt!

Look at that beauty!

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They were certain we'd see humpback whales

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but the guides were shocked that we witnessed a F A M I L Y of killer whales (orca whales) They said that less than 1% of tours saw them and how lucky we were!

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First just a little glimpse and we were so happy.

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But then they kept swimming around us and popping out of the water.

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See that baby?

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There really is no way to describe the feeling of being that close to an orca whale in Alaska. And I am certainly not a nature photographer but my camera kept clicking away, trying to capture the magic until it was getting dark (this excursion lasted until 9:30 at night) and we headed back to our ship.

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This day was spectacular!

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