Once or twice in a lifetime, if one is lucky, you make a journey so special that you appreciate the unique gift of such a voyage even as you experience it, day by day. Such was our Alaska adventure.
We returned yesterday from eight days in Southeastern Alaska, where we cruised the Inland Passage on an expedition sponsored by National Geographic and Linblad Expeditions. Aboard the “Sea Lion” with sixty or so other passengers, we were led by highly trained and enthusiastic naturalists as we toured pristine wilderness and waters.
Our trip was filled with marine, land and avian wildlife, and it quickly became almost routine to be awestruck by the variety of natural beauty during our daily adventures. The salmon had just begun to run and “everyone”, from bears to sea otters and sea lions, to eagles and wolves, were hungry and hunting. Luck never left us as we were treated to unusual sightings in and around the water. A ranger from Glacier Bay National Park said she had only seen bears and wolves interacting one other time during her eighteen years in the park.
The expedition had some anxious moments for me, whether it was motoring up to the edge of a huge glacier while in a small zodiac craft, or finding myself within a hundred yards of three Alaskan brown bears – aka “grizzly” – who were interrupted from their salmon hunt by a bunch of us on a hike. This was, of course, the one hike when I had left my camera back at the ship…
The tense times were outnumbered by joyful moments, such as motoring in a zodiac while surrounded by humpback whales. Witnessing ten whales feed in a ritual called “bubble netting” brought tears to my eyes as I watched them all leap in the air in one synchronized magical moment. The humpbacks were my favorites, and a part of my soul remains in Alaska, swimming the frigid waters with these special giants.
What a wonderful sight! Sounds like a lovely lovely trip. (:
It was the trip of a lifetime –
Beautiful! I can’t wait to see and read more about your trip! Wonderful memories!
Thanks,Laura, and all I used was my point-and-shoot for the entire expedition – worried about all the rain.
I just knew it was going to be a wonderful journey. Wow. I am just so happy for you. Travel feeds the soul.
Indeed it does!
How wonderful it sounds! Alaska has been on my “want to go to” list since I was a kid, one day! Lovely to hear about your trip.
You will love it – I’m still resisting re-entering my world here in SoCAL.
How wonderful for you and Larry – what a fantastic journey!
Sounds like you had a moving, unforgettable adventure. And, now you have wonderful photos to help you continue to savor it!
It was, Carol, such a beautiful journey.
I can only imagine what a fantastic time you had! It is a trip I have always wanted to make, such an amazing journey with spectacular sights!
It was a wonderful journey, in more ways than one – came home with a new perspective on lots of things.
I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time. This will always remain one of our favorite trips too. Your photos are just beautiful, Liz!! Welcome home.
Thanks for all your tips, Susan – it was way colder than we had anticipated but we layered up and I bought ear warmers! Now we are roasting and down with colds…
sounds like an amazing trip and happy for you for this once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Thanks, Averie, looking forward to catching up on your posts –
Liz what a special trip, how exciting to experience one of your dream trips! That’s a cruise I’d like to take someday, can’t wait to see more pictures (hint hint please bring some tomorrow!)
Thanks, Lisa, it was the trip of a lifetime – we are already planning another Alaska visit.
It sounds like it filled your soul. Lovely.
A perfect way to express it!
Your writing is as smooth and rich as butter…loved the descriptions, especially about the whales.
It was so wonderful to talk with you, my friend of over 50 years!