A perfect day in Alaska? We had a great day today. We had an early sailing on one of the tour boats to Kenai Fjords NP. We left the dock under clearing skies and in no time we were under clear blue skies.
We spotted a couple of eagles early in the morning and then stopped to observe a harbor seal and a little later saw our first steller sea lions.
As we entered the NP, the Fair glacier was the first glacier of the day. We moved on into the park and observed Holgate glacier. Since the weather and ice conditions are perfect, we are heading to Aialik glacier. Along the way, we did spot a number of kayaks on the water and just a couple of miles from Aialik, the water taxi was dropping some more ‘yakers.
The Alaska Explorer parked in front of the glacier for about 45 minutes. We saw some minor calving, but what was most interesting was the sounds of the glacier - the pops and cracks and groans as the ice moves 2-3 feet per day toward the bay. We noted several developing cracks in the face of the ice, but no large pieces broke away.
On the way back to Seward we saw more eagles, many puffin (both varieties) and more sea lions and the blow from a fin whale. We chased the blow for about 30 minutes but never got a good look at the whale.
Back at the docks, we collected our gear and headed for the campground.
A quick stow of loose items and securing the water and electrical hookups and we were ready for the road and then with a short stop to dump our tanks and to top off the fresh water tank. I made my first rookie RV mistake and had left the gray water dump valve open - when I opened the cover the gray water dumped into the lot - fortunately not the black water or we (I) would have really been saying aw *****.
The drive out the Seward Highway to the intersection with the Sterling Highway was under mostly cloudy skies. As we drove west on the Sterling, we encountered clear blue skies and kept our eyes open for moose as we entered the Kenai National Wildlife (Moose) refuge. My thoughts were to go to Soldotna for tonight, but instead we stopped at Bing’s Landing State Recreational Area. We have a really nice forested camp site and there are only a few other campers. We walked down to the Kenai River and just enjoyed the view of the river and crystal clear skies while we watched a few fishermen. Back at the campsite we are settled in and ready for dinner and hopefully an opportunity to have clear skies for star gazing and maybe the aurora.