What a Rush! Alaskan Cruise Vacation, Day 6: Icy Strait Point–Welcome to Hoonah

IMG_0803The weather continued to be incredibly warm and sunny. I stashed my jeans and wore crop pants and sandals for our visit to Icy Strait Point. This was the one port of call where the ship anchored and we were brought to shore in the ship’s tenders–lifeboats capaIMG_0806ble of holding close to a hundred people each. After another unbelievable meal, we took our place in line to go ashore. The excursion we’d chosen had been cancelled because of mechanical difficulties and we opted to go whale watching instead, but that wasn’t until after lunch. For the IMG_0856morning, we walked around the canning facility and of course headed over to the zipline, billed as the world’s longest. Glad to see we knew our limitations and watched only. I’m sure it’s quite a rush. There were a number of shops displaying a vIMG_0846ariety of locally made items. As we walked along, we saw the tribal lodge decorated by totem poles and other large wood carvings. For lunch, I had a fresh salmon burger, made with a chunk of salmon not some namby pamby patty, and it was delicious. After lunch we boarded the boat to go whale watching. Since the day was hot and sIMG_0851unny, much to the dismay of the people who lived in the area and weren’t used to temperatures in the high 80’s, the boat ride out into the whale watching area promised to be cooling and refreshing. The boat was moored at the dock since it was much smaller than our ship andIMG_0864 as we pulled away from the bay, I was anxious to see the gentle giants of the sea.  The wind was brisk out on the back deck and walking was a bit treacherous. The ocean wasn’t really rough, but one’s hair did get bloIMG_0873wn around a bit. John had to pull his hat down low or lose it. We went out quite far before we saw anything. Sadly, I have to admit to not being fast enough to get all the great shots I wanted. But, we did see whales. I watched fascinated as they blew water spouts, surfaces, and then dove dowIMG_0880n again. They came up at least four times.  Humpback whales are indeed magnificent creatures. IMG_0901

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Soon, we had to leave the whales and get back to the ship. Since it was mid-afternoon, and the ship was leaving por20150616_204128_resized (1)t around 4, we were among the last ones back. We went up top to the pool area to enjoy some fun in the sun before dressing for the next dinner show and another delectable meal.  20150616_204240_resized Tomorrow we’d visit our last port of call before leaving Alaska behind.

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About mhsusannematthews

Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have sold 24 other manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.
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