The last adventure of our Alaskan cruise takes us not to Alaska, but to Victoria, British Columbia where we took a frigid boat ride around the islands at sunset in search of orcas, porpoises, eagles, cormorants and sea lions.
While unlucky in whale sitings, we watched dumbfounded as a magnificant Eagle made an unusual kill, snapping a gull from the air overhead and flying off with it while chased by other gulls. The sheer power was breathtaking.
Our guide said a kill of this type is highly atypical for an Eagle. Normally, they feed on fish and carrion. While he had never seen anything like it in all his years of coastline travels, there it happened, right in front of us. Amazing.
Come back next Friday for the blooper reel! And if you’ve missed any Palin-free, Alaskan Adventures:
This week we head into the Misty Fjords of Ketchikan – only accessible by boat or float plane. Long saltwater fjords, sculpted by glacial impact 17,000 years ago, are flanked by cliffs shrouded in mist, beautiful waterfalls and the seemingly endless and evergreen Tongass Rain Forest. The beautiful lighting effects of the clouds on the mirror-like surface of the water make this place most magical and we had the perfect mystical, misty day.
This week we head into the town of Sitka, to the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, to meet several American Bald Eagles, a Golden Eagle, a Great Horned Owl, a Raven and a Paregrine Falcon. We also visit Castle Hill, St. Micheal’s Cathedral and Crescent Bay.
Please note: Unlike Sarah Palin’s Alaska, no caribou were shot and slaughtered here for political gain.
This week, we take a Palin-free, high speed pontoon boat through the intrepid waters surrounding Sitka. Join us as we discover a mother and calf humpback whale fishing for breakfast, sea otters frolicking about, a flock of cormorants, wash n’ dry Stellar sea lions, a congress of bald eagles and colorful sea stars decorating the dramatic, cloud-covered, mountain shoreline.