(17 August 2019) We had an interesting night. Sometime after we’d all gone to sleep, the boat started rocking and rolling. It wasn’t an uncomfortable motion, but definitely a change from our previous smooth water anchorages. The forecasted winds had come up, 40-60 knots per hour, and we were moving around accordingly. The other boat shown here is a 65 foot Bertram that shared our anchorage with us. We actually saw very few boats during the second and third day of our cruise.
Alex prepared our breakfast, scrambled eggs, muggins (edit: that is a new term for English Muffins), fresh fruit, and salmon. This is Natasha and Stitch’s most favorite breakfast!
Captain Colin wrestled with the anchor and successfully brought it up as the boat wanted to move around more than usual. We set the course back to Seward, fingers crossed the winds didn’t get any worse. The original plan was to spend the morning doing more photography and searching for wildlife.
We were okay with the plan to head back to port, as conditions weren’t good for photography. We did actually see a few of the day tour boats going out as we were coming in … with quite a few people hanging over the railing. Winds were in the 30-40 kph range and we had some ups and down, but the ride wasn’t all that bad. I even managed to take a nap and read a few chapters in my book.
We arrived back at the small boat harbor in Seward shortly after noon. Alex had offered to make our lunch as we were cruising, but we excused him – figured it was best for all if we waited til we arrived at the dock.
And, there you have it! Our 4 Day Cruise on the Kenai Fjords. As Amy mentioned in her comment, this was really unlike other cruises we have done in Alaska. Reminiscent of charters in the Caribbean, but different because it was just the two of us and a crew of two. The trip exceeded expectations, and I’m happy to have found Alaska Fjord Charters on TripAdvisor. Captain Colin was professional from the first inquiry, and it was a pleasure to cruise with him. Alex was onboard for the summer, having come from Oregon, and he was so helpful and nice. (He now heads home to start college.)
I think Lou would agree; our favorite aspect of the adventure was getting away from people, away from the hustle and bustle of cell phones and emails, and away from the ongoing projects Lou was managing at home. The scenery was spectacular, being able to spend quiet time so close to the glaciers was a privilege, and watching wildlife pop up around every corner was a treat.
Thank you for sharing our journey. I’m hoping Lou will share some of his favorite photos as well, once he has a chance to go through all of them.
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