Day two of our adventure started with a drive. We wanted to get to Stoney Creek RV Park, our home for the next few nights, before we did anything else. The drive there was amazing; I basically did nothing but stare out the window the whole time again. I’ve said it before, but Alaska is so beautiful!
We arrived, and the first thing I noticed was the wifi and cell service. You don’t even understand, guys. We couldn’t even pick up a radio station the day before. Yay for signs of civilization! This meant that we could use the interwebs to plan our day, and we decided to head out on Kenai Fjords Tours’ Resurrection Bay Half Day Tour.
The day was cloudy and drizzly, but it ended up being an amazing choice! We board our boat, The Nunatak, at Seward Harbor.
Our first stop was Fox Island for lunch. I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful this island was! With only a lodge and a few cabins along the coast, it’s basically untouched.
Fox Island is famous for having pretty perfect skipping stones on it’s rocky shore. It even hosts an annual rock skipping competition.
This is where we had our only complaint about the tour: We didn’t have enough time to enjoy the island fully! Of course, I probably could have spent all day there and still want more time!
Back onboard The Nunatak, we spotted a few humpback whales right away! Our captain, whose name I think was Steve (I’m probably wrong.), stopped to point them out and told us all about them.
Unfortunately, those were the only whales we saw. We did manage to spot some Dall Porpoises, sea lions, a sea otter, puffins, bald eagles, and lots of other seabirds. It was pretty amazing.
The captain whose name may have been Steve spend the whole time educating us on all things Resurrection Bay in a very entertaining way. It was obvious that he knew a lot about the area and cared a lot about it as well. I could have spent all day on that boat learning more, but we were only on the half day tour.
Another reason to go back to Alaska one day: Do the full day tour.
Even if we didn’t see all the different types of whales, we still got to be surrounded by the amazing scenery. It’s just breathtaking out there, guys.
After the boat tour, we headed back to our home-on-wheels for relaxing, dinner, and showers. We had heard from everyone that we had to see the fireworks in Seward. They were fabled to be the best around. We did exactly what we were instructed to do, and the fireworks started as soon as the day switched from July 3rd to the 4th.
It was still pretty light out at midnight, but I guess they couldn’t push them later and still expect a good turnout.
The display left a lot to be desired. It was nothing compared to the fireworks we went to in Glenolden a few weeks ago, the ones I grew up with in Williamsport, or the ones Daniel’s Parents attend in Maine. Everyone seemed really impressed by them, though. I guess ‘awesome fireworks’ is a relative term.
Trinity was exhausted and managed to sleep through the firework display. She woke up long enough to walk back into the RV and promptly passed back out with her shoes and coat still on. Poor kid did not adjust well to the time difference!
In case you are keeping track, here’s my running list of reasons I have to go back to Alaska one day:
- I want to see the aurora borealis. This means I have to go when its *cold*.
- I want to spend a night on Fox Island, giving me more time to explore.
- I want to do a full day Kenai Fjords tour.
- I think it would be pretty amazing to go sea kayaking. Daniel doesn’t agree with this, but I’ll just go without him.
Back here in Jersey, though, we’re in the middle of an awful heatwave. Our central AC broke (Daniel has ordered the part. So it will be fixed soon!), and we’ve been holed up in our game room with a window unit. I’ve been unable to put my book, Game of Thrones, down, and I’ve been trying to get back into the grove of real life. I’m failing at that, though. I’m trying, and that’s all that matters. Hope you are all well!