|View from our balcony when I woke up|
The ship sailed in as close as it could get to the Dawes Glacier, where it turned around for the trip back out. However, before it did the passengers who signed up for a glacier tour got off onto tender boats and we watched them sail away. The naturalist had promised the ship would do a 360 degree turn so everyone could see everything. However, it was a 540 degree turn to get the ship bow pointed in the right direction.
|See the glacier in front of the mountains?|
The bus drove us to a dock where we boarded a whale watching ship large enough to hold several dozen people. Our first stop was Orca Point Lodge, where we had a lovely grilled salmon dinner. Then we got back on the boat and headed out to find some whales. The tour guaranteed we would see some, and offered a refund if they couldn't find any. At first it was slow going (and I was afraid we would be receiving the refund), but all of a sudden we came upon a pod. The first indication was seeing a spout of exhaled air from the whale's blowhole, followed by its arching back, and then the fluking, where the tail rises up out of the water as the whale dives. The whole procedure is awe-inspiring. I was sad that I wasn't quick enough to get a good photo of the event.
After we returned to the dock it was time for the third part of our adventure. Because of changes to the ship's schedule, we knew that by the time we arrived at the Mendenhall Glacier the visitor center would be closed, but we were still able to walk down to an observation point for some photos. I have never seen a glacier in person, but now I can cross that off my bucket list.