Day Nine: Seward and Fox Island

Sunday, Grandma, Daddy and I drove to Seward, which is about 125 miles south of Anchorage, to take the Kenai Fjords Tour out to Fox Island. We had to be in Seward by 11:30, so we left Anchorage by 7:30. :/ The day turned out to be grey and rainy. As we drove down the Seward Highway, we kept our eyes peeled for beluga whales. It paid off! A beluga whale decided to come up for air right by the highway! Unfortunately, he was too fast for me to get a picture, but I was so glad I got to see one.

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Grandma and I in front of our cruise ship
Seward Small Boat Harbor
Seward Small Boat Harbor

Our cruise to Fox Island included a 45 minute ride out to the island, where we stopped along the way to look at some sea otters and puffins. At Fox Island, we were served a lunch of prime rib, salmon and Alaskan King Crab Legs. It was absolutely delicious! The lodge was beautiful, and the beach was littered with stones that had been worn smooth by the tide.

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Sea otter

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On Fox Island
On Fox Island

After lunch, we continued our boat cruise to Resurrection Bay and along the way saw several glaciers and lots of wildlife, including Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, both tufted puffins and horned puffins, more sea otters, loons, several bald eagles, and jellyfish. Although the weather wasn’t very cooperative (rainy and cold), the boat cruise turned out to be a really nice day.

Stellar sea lions
Stellar sea lions
Harbor seals
The harbor seals blended into the rocks so well that we couldn’t tell where they were until the boat got close to the rocks.
Bald eagle
Bald eagle
Puffins
Puffins

When we got back to Seward, we visited the Alaska SeaLife Center, where we got to see more sea otters, seals, sea lions, and puffins up close. We also got to see LuLu the octopus that had produced several eggs. After an octopus lays eggs, they refuse to feed any more and gradually die. When we were there, she was alive but reclusive and stayed hidden behind her tentacles. A couple of days later, she died. Check out LuLu’s story.

LuLu
LuLu
He was posing. :)
He was posing. 🙂

Grandma’s youngest sister Norma lives in Seward with her husband Ernie, so we visited her since we were in town. Her daughter Tabitha was at the house along with her 5 year-old twin boys Samson and Milo and 2-year-old Chase. Another cousin Sierra was also staying with Aunt Norma for the summer, so I got to meet lots of cousins. We ate supper with them before we headed back to Anchorage.

(left to right) Samson, Chase, and Milo
(left to right) Samson, Chase, and Milo “sword-fighting” and eating raspberries. They were too busy playing for us to get a good picture of them actually looking at the camera.
(left to right) Sierra, Aunt Norma, Daddy, Grandma & Me with Milo in front
(left to right) Sierra, Aunt Norma, Daddy, Grandma & Me with Milo in front
(left to right) Sierra, Me, Aunt Norma, Grandma, Tabitha & Milo
(left to right) Sierra, Me, Aunt Norma, Grandma, Tabitha & Milo
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