Peter Pan Seafood, in the background above is a seafood processing and market, where we will be stopping to buy some more fish. We ate most of the fish we already bought in Homer. It was all delicious, especially the Smoked Halibut chowder I made, which Joe said was to die for.
It had been cloudy but the sun was starting to show itself once in awhile.
We went by the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal. The 800 mile long pipeline ends here is Valdez. Since 911 the tankers carrying the oil to other American ports, are escorted out of the harbor. Of course, this is also famous for the 1989 oil spill which is still to this day recovering as there is still oil in the waters.
We saw a gaggle of sea otters. Someone counted 39, I think.
We saw sea lions and porpoises, though they were too fast for me to get a good picture.
The Columbia Glacier was the last of Alaska's tidewater glaciers to go into a retreat. The retreat started in 1978 and by 83 had moved off its terminal moraine, loosing an increasing amount of ice. There are hugh chunks of ice everywhere the closer you get to the glacier. Sometimes the boat is not able to get close enough to even see the glacier due to the amount of ice. We were lucky to be able to get close this day. I had read some blogs where people weren't able to get close and so know it isn't just something the tour guide says. It is really amazing to be floating through the water and hear the sound of the ice as it hits the boat. Do I hear the Titanic theme music in my head.