This week the Refuge closes at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Mark standing between the Glacier Spirit (left) and a very nice yacht.
On our third day we went chasing after more Orcas. We found a pod of five transient Killer Whales. First Mate Christopher is sure that the large male is T49A1.
We got great looks while Captain Christopher followed the whales.
We ended up seeing 3 life birds and 4 life mammals:
Thursday, April 20, 2017
One had a salmon that it was bringing to the surface and shaking savagely to break it into bite-sized pieces. The gulls loved it!
We got back to the hotel in time for dinner but decided to go over to the little store first. They had stocked up on croissant sandwiches so we got a couple, chips, diet coke, maybe a little dessert, and headed back to our very comfortable room for the evening.
Monday, April 17, 2017
A few magnets for my collection.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
How many layers does it take to keep warm and dry in April on an island in the Pacific Northwest?
To keep warm:
Goose down coat
To keep dry:
All of the above plus rain gear.
Oh, and the 1/2 - warm hat, gloves, and scarf.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Captain and First Mate
This area has both resident and transient pods of Killer Whales. Resident pods are larger and stay in one area, while the transient pods are small and move a great deal more. We spotted Transient Pod T11, which consists of just two Killer Whales. The female (T11) is the mother of the male (T11A).
Here is the pair together, with the female surfacing for air while the male cruises along submerged.
The Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is one of the smallest mammals.
And throughout the entire day we were surrounded by beautiful snow-covered mountains.