A beautiful late afternoon in October was the perfect time to take the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s River Tour. The highlights…
With the small ship the entire crew, and other passengers, quickly become familiar with each other on a first name basis. One of the great features was the permission to go onto the bridge anytime you like during the day, unless they were in an especially tricky navigation spot.
This day I went up and it was just the Captain and me, jamming out to ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd, while we cruised along at about 5 knots looking for whales.
Later we anchored in a bay and set the kayaks out.
This bay offered more wildlife, which if I recall the information from the guides correctly are Cormorants.
A mama otter with her baby on her chest floating in the bay.
One of the paddle boarders and a kayak backed by 8000′ mountains.
Later on the same kayak outing we passed this otter, who was not happy we were in his space as he bared his teeth and hissed at us.
You can tell the females as their noses are dinged up from rough sex where the male apparently bites their noses in passion.
Why paddle board with your feet on the board when you can do a handstand.
Nothing better than to be in a still bay in Alaska checking out the sea life near the rocks.
A Harbor Seal.
The waters were so calm everything had great reflections.
The next morning there was thick fog that gradually lifted through the morning.
An eagle soaring above the fog.
A skiff returns across the calm waters.
The afternoon was spent ‘bushwhacking’ through the forest. No bears or other wildlife was found but there was evidence of foresting that once occurred there.
The ground was so thick with the moss that it was spongy.
more to come….