Also visited the Federal Lands Centre where we saw a great exhibition of stuffed animals and watched a film about the split up of Alaska. Had to have photo ID and go through Security as we entered a Federal building.
|Reindeer Dogs sold from the sidewalk ..... yum!!|
|View of Anchorage CBD|
|Salmon fishing in the city Ship Creek..|
|Bear and the Raven - Legend has it that if you rub the bears tummy it will bring you good luck.|
|"Lolley" trolley car ride to the Ulu Factory|
Had a 5.30am start the next day - picked up by bus and taken to Railway Station to board an Alaskan Railway train to Seward. We paid extra to upgrade to upper level dome car seating with on board dining which was great. Even though the day was cool with misty rain it all added to the scenery and having the dome carriage was certainly worth the extra. We travelled through snow capped mountains, passed glaciers, rivers and Cook Inlet (Turnagain Arm).
|Setting of on the Alaskan Railway|
|Breakfast on board|
|It was one of the few wet days we had but still enjoyable inside the warm train and the mist added to the atmosphere.|
On arrival in Seward we were transported to the 'Glacier Express' a 95 ft catamaran and then sailed up through the Kenai Fjords to the Holgate Glacier, and experienced a 'calving' (piece of ice breaking off). Was fantastic to experience as the catamaran's motor was turned off and all you could hear was the creaking of the ice before a whole chunk broke off.
Kenai Fjords National Park did not become a national park until 1980 and encompasses more than a thousand square miles of land and water. The fjords for which the park is named are deep, water-filled bays, originally valleys carved when glaciers retreated long ago.
We saw so many animals and fish including humpback whales, Orcas (highlight of the day as they were so close), sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bald eagles, kittiwakes (small type of gull) - hundreds nesting, so noisy & smelly and common murre (looks similar to a penguin). After having an enjoyable lunch we sailed back to Seward to be picked up by a bus and transported back to Anchorage, arriving around 9.30pm. It was a long day but most enjoyable, especially seeing many marine animals and experiencing the glacier 'calving'.
|Many tour boats waiting to leave Seaward harbour.|
|Scenic coast line|
|Another tour boat watching the Glacier, our boat was much bigger.|
|Cold outdoors to watch the glacier|
|You can hear the cracking noise and then we saw the calving.|
|Orca (Killer Whale)|
|One of the whales showing off by the boat|
|Many noisy sea loins|
|Common Murre nesting in the rock caves|