Train to Whittier/Prince William Sound Cruise

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July 2nd 2009
Published: July 4th 2009
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1: Train from Anchorage to Whittier/ Beluga Point 18 secs
2: Whittier 20 secs
3: Blackstone Glacier 20 secs
4: Harbor seals 5 secs
5: Kittiwake rookeries 12 secs
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This is the train we rode from Anchorage to Whittier
We've been so busy that I've gotten behind writing about our adventures, so I'm just going to go back and pick up what I haven't written about.
On June 27 (was that really not even a week ago????), we took the Alaska Railroad train from Anchorage to Whittier. This was about a 2 hr drive (the train only went 25 mph much of the time). We rode on the upper level, and had a table to sit at. We saw a moose and her 2 calves when leaving Anchorage, and then saw some dall sheep on the mountainside along Turnagain Arm.
There was a large cruise ship docked in Whittier that seemed to dwarf everything else there - especially the boat we went on! We went on a 5 hr cruise of the Prince William Sound. Our boat was the Emerald Sea with Major Marine Tours. There was a ranger from the Chugach National Forest on board talking about things throughout the tour. Leah also earned her Junior Ranger badge for Chugach National Forest while on the boat.
We started out with a delicious salmon and prime rib buffet lunch, I really didn't expect the food to be as good as
Boarding our carBoarding our carBoarding our car

Debbie and Leah (Mark in background)
it was.
After lunch, we went up to the observation deck. The mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls were beautiful! We even got to see a glacier "calving," which is where the ice breaks off into the water. It was really neat to hear the sounds the glaciers made- rumbling and popping noises!
We saw harbor seals both swimming and laying on floating ice chunks. We saw sea otters from a distance, but none very close. There were a couple of bald eagle nests at a distance, but close enough to see their white heads and know what they were. Leah spotted some big orange jellyfish in the water which were called Lion's Mane jellyfish. We also saw rookeries of birds called kittiwakes, there were thousands of them! On the way out of Whittier and again coming back in, we saw a stellar sea lion, which the captain said was their "resident" sea lion who likes to hang out on the docks.
On the way home, we saw as many as 9 bald eagles at one time sitting along the water where the tide was out. When the tide started coming in, it came in REALLY fast!
It rained for a little
Mark and Leah looking at dall sheepMark and Leah looking at dall sheepMark and Leah looking at dall sheep

While riding along the Turnagain Arm
while on the way home, but turned out nice because we got to see a double rainbow afterwards! Leah taught us all that the colors of the second rainbow are reversed!

Additional photos below
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Leah in front of the Emerald SeaLeah in front of the Emerald Sea
Leah in front of the Emerald Sea

Our ship was the small one - dwarfed by the cruise ship
view from boatview from boat
view from boat

Prince William Sound
a glaciera glacier
a glacier

Prince William Sound
Debbie, Mark and LeahDebbie, Mark and Leah
Debbie, Mark and Leah

on Emerald Sea observation deck
observation deckobservation deck
observation deck

Prince William Sound
view from boatview from boat
view from boat

Prince William Sound
a glaciera glacier
a glacier

Prince William Sound
Leah at Blackstone GlacierLeah at Blackstone Glacier
Leah at Blackstone Glacier

Prince William Sound
Leah feeling ice from a glacierLeah feeling ice from a glacier
Leah feeling ice from a glacier

They pulled this from the water

5th July 2009

Whittier trip
Oh! the memories!!!!! I'll bet Whittier doesn't look much like the last time we were there.
9th July 2009

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