Archive for July, 2011

do not bring your banana aboard

banana slug . eating banana peal . should this be slightly morbid? or in good taste?


Yesterday was so beautiful I could not stand it! I had to go kayaking as soon as I got off of work! Took a kayak and paddled around Pennock Island which is the little island straight out from our dock. It was a little bit windy around the southern point, but it was a fun paddle. Only wildlife spotted besides eagles was a little harbor seal popping up to see what I was up to. Once around the southern end of the island I was able to watch the last two cruise ships head out of town for the night, which meant I could paddle close to town on the way back to the dock, which usually isn’t an option because of the massive cruise ships in the way. Although I was hoping to find someone to go with, it really was an in the moment decision to go, and I had fun by myself.

I finally got to go on an Allen Marine boat tour to the Misty Fjords today. I had such a fun time! Went south out of Ketchikan and into the Behm Canal. Slowed down to take a look at New Eddystone rock, and as we were headed into Rudyerd Bay we saw A POD OF KILLER WHALES!!!! It has been weeks since I have heard of anyone seeing them! I had asked the deck hand earlier during the trip and she said they hadn’t seen an orca in 3 weeks, but that they had seen a pod of them yesterday. And BAM there they were again just waiting for me! We were too far away before someone told the captain, so even though he slowed down we were unable to view them very close. Lucky for you, modern technology allows me to zoom in so you can see them too.  On our way out of Rudyerd Bay the whales were on their way in. Although we were closer when I spotted their blow fading, that is all we saw of them. I thought I saw them come up further in the bay, but at that point they were too far away to be certain. The captain mentioned his suspicion of them being a transient pod since they were being so shy. This was the first time this year they have seen them come into Rudyerd.

Those are WHALES

We docked for a minute in Rudyerd and watched as 3 float planes landed. Some of the people on my tour were getting on the planes for a float planes view of the Mistys, while the people coming of the planes boarded my boat. It was nice to dock up for a minute and be allowed on the top deck of the boat. Around the Misty Fjords National Airport, as they kindly referred to the floating dock, were a bunch of harbor seals. They are always fun to see, but that doesn’t say much since I love seeing everything.

All in all an AWESOME day. I can’t believe I saw some whales. Apparently a very exciting day at the zipline as well as there were over 6 bears at a time feeding in the stream up there. Hopefully I can get up there soon!

today is my friday :o)

couldn’t hear the rain when I woke up this morning. Walking out the door this morning I realized I hadn’t packed a rain coat, so I turned around and grabbed one. Half way to work I thought “who would have guessed I should have turned around to grab my sun glasses instead of my rain coat.”

view from my walk down schoenbar

Thank god it is sunny out. The water isn’t choppy. And i have 2 days off starting tomorrow.

so my education does not go in vain.

I love being able to eat berries on the way to work

It is salmon berry season here, and i cannot express how much fun it is to be able to eat berries on the way to .. everywhere! But, i must pass on some information and share my education with you.  I have just been picking the big ripe red salmon berries, there have been big ones that are still orange or yellow that i have been passing up. APPARENTLY, those are ripe too. Color does not determine ripeness, and there can be ripe yellow ones, and ripe red ones on the same bush. So you just have to judge based on size, appearance, and how easily they come off when you tug them whether they are ready or not.So you can have a bucket full of berries ranging from yellow to plum colored, and they can all be perfectly ripe. My thought process of yellow strawberries arent ripe, and red ones are, was not irrational to apply to salmon berry picking as well, but it was wrong. So now you know.

captured: patches of blue

Went swimming in Alaska for the first time this past weekend. My new bikini was not purchased in vain :o)The water temperature is up to almost 56, so still not the most enjoyable of swims, but certainly refreshing.

 My friends from New York definitely seemed more confortable.

Found my first caterpillar of the summer. Silly little guy ate the end of a left off and fell out of the tree with it. While trying to pick him up he pulled some kung-fu moves i’ve never seen from a caterpillar before, but we were able to deliver him back to his tree.

don’t worry, i put him back where he came from





The guides have a bald eagle that spends its afternoons on the rooftop adjacent to theirs. There are bald eagles everywhere up here, but he is still fun to see.

salmon berries, black bears, pirates, oh my

2 days off of work, and 2 days off from the rain as well.

Noah is a Pirate

Spent yesterday with Hilary, Noah, and Evelyn. We hiking up to Carlanna Lake, pretending to be pirates and trying to participate in an activity called geo-caching? We were much more successful walking the plank than geo-caching. We also found some extra time before nap time to partake in some tide pooling. Noah turned over the best rock revealing 3 urchins, 2 eels, a worm (which he preceded to pull out of the water), a few sea stars (5 and 6 armed ones), and a baby bright purple nudibranch! All under one rock covering a pool one foot long. That’s what we call an epic tide pool.

the epic tide pool. picture obviously does no justice

This morning Rhet signed us up for an Allen Marine tour that goes by boat around the back side of our island to the Misty Fjords. Rhet gets to go on the tours free through his work but unfortunately he ended up having to work this morning so I went with our friend Michelle instead. Not very long into the tour the boat started having troubles with its generator and had to bring us back to town.

Michelle and I stopped by the guide how and then decided to head to the zip-line course to hopefully go on a walking tour and look for bears. The last tour for the day had already finished (Saturdays have the least amount of cruise ships) but lady in charge of the reindeer still let us come in and feed the reindeer. They are smaller than I would have imagined they would be. They were all girls and rescued when they were just a few months old from a sausage farm. They are now 7 years old and half way through their life. Pretty funny little creatures.

funny vegetarians

Leaving the reindeer viewing area I could see the boardwalk for the walking tour, and tried to direct our conversation that direction as I wanted to look up the stream to see if there were any bears. We watched some bald eagles and king fisher. I could see the broadwalk had a chain across it and wasn’t going to push my luck seeing if we could walk down it since she had already been so nice letting us feed the reindeer and answer all of our reindeer questions, and just then a momma and babe black bear walked out of the trees!!!

The mom jumped into the stream trying to catch a fish but was unable to. It seemed like all the slashing and jumping around left the baby bear a little scared and it walked back into the trees. The mom went and got the baby and they came back to the stream. They walked across the stream, stood up to inspect a man on the other side of the stream and finished crossing to the estuary. The mom still seemed uncomfortable out in the openness of the estuary, continually standing to inspect the surroundings before they walked back into the woods.

momma and babe black bears

It was so awesome to see some wildlife!

Afterwards we went salmon berry picking before heading back to town.

The fire weed has started to bloom

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 We cancelled all of our trips yesterday due to bad weather, and not all of the cruise ships were able to dock.

windy windy windy rain

The sun came out, and so did the fam!

Today is going to mark the one week point of being sick. I can’t remember the last time I was sick this long. I bet if the sun would come out for two days in a row it would clear me up, but I am still gross and groggy.

Tuesday Mom, Dad, Tia and Auntie Kerry came over to hang out and we had some fun! Everybody went kayaking and I think we had really great teams. Me and mom kayaked, Tia and Dad, and Kerry and Alex (my friend and our guide). We saw a billion bald eagles, even one swimming to shore with its catch (from far away). We saw sea stars and jellies and the cutest little harbor seal came to inquiry what we were doing on our way back to the boat. Back on the Sea Spree everyone warmed up with a hot drink, and a delicious salmon snack.

We explored Creek Street in town and made our way to Annabelles for chowder. Then it was about time to head back to the boat.

It was so much great fun having everyone come over, and even having everyone in the same time zone the past few days. Sounds like the rest of their cruise was a success, watching humpbacks bubble net feed, and spotting bears.

I am happy it didn’t rain while everyone was here, but it just wasn’t sunny. Monday was the sunny day, but I was/am sick and was stuck inside working. Hopefully there will be a rainbow following all of this darn rain.

I went nudibranch hunting down on the docks a few nights ago, with great, great success! We only found opalescent nudibranchs which grow to about 2 inches long, but there was billions, and they are awesome.