Day 7 … Skagway/Haines

One of the amazing views around Skagway/Haines.

One of the amazing views around Skagway/Haines.

This was to be our last port of call on the cruise portion of our vacation and todays tour consisted of river rafting through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.  The ship actually docks in Skagway and we then took another jet boat for the 45 minute ride over to Haines.  These boats are fantastic and we were able to take some wonderful scenery pictures in the wonderful mostly blue sky morning.

This is the same Glacier from above as we got closer to it!

This is the same Glacier from above as we got closer to it!

The ride over was a little chilly but by the end of our rafting adventure we were shedding clothes.

There were actually 4 ships docked at Skagway ... two of them were just opposite from where we docked.

There were actually 4 ships docked at Skagway … two of them were just opposite from where we docked.

This is looking back to where the ship was just around the right corner.

This is looking back to where the ship was just around the right corner.

Every where you looked there were Glaciers of one size or another!

Every where you looked there were Glaciers of one size or another!

As we arrived in Haines there were quite a few birds.  Most were to far away for good pictures but I managed to catch a couple of Pigeon Guillemots.  They don’t quite make up for the ones I lost earlier in the trip but you can see the red legs and mouth.

Pigeon Guillemot

Pigeon Guillemot

The rafting was a lot of fun and we saw many Bald Eagles as we floated down the river. The river is a little shallow so we got stuck a few times but all in all it was a wonderful trip.

T & T

T & T

Bald Eagle ... This one is for my birding buddy LL!

Bald Eagle … This one is for my birding buddy LL!

We also saw a dozen or so Mountain Goats.  These guys were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay far away and while you could see them moving around there’s not much detail.

Can you find the dozen Mountain Goats in this picture ... you'll need to click on it and enlarge it!

Can you find the nearly dozen Mountain Goats in this picture … you’ll need to click on the picture and enlarge it!

There are thousands of these waterfalls all over Alaska.

There are thousands of these waterfalls all over Alaska.

It was a fantastic day trip and we were back on board by 2 pm.  The ship was leaving fairly early around four and as we were waiting I noticed a family of River Otters playing along the bank right next to the ship.  Terri took these pictures from our 8th deck balcony!

These are the 3 young Otters.  Mom was around and as she brought them something to eat they would race to her to be first!

These are the 3 young Otters. Mom was around and as she brought them something to eat they would race to her to be first!

So far all the local wildlife had been friendly and waved to us ... this youngster just gave us a rasberry!

So far all the local wildlife had been friendly and waved to us … this youngster just gave us a raspberry!

Tomorrow we are scheduled to be at the Hubbard Glacier first thing in the morning.  We have been blessed the last couple of days with nice weather so we were praying that it would hold on one more day …

 

 

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About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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