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