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Day 8 and we are halfway thru our vacation

Prince William Sound

Day 8 started at the Hidden Creek B&B and a home cooked breakfast. Our hostess studied to be a chef and it was obvious. We had a personalized menu and the table was set. There were ten of us all together for breakfast and the conversation was lively. I had a plate of French toast with a banana praline syrup. Yum! Also had a couple bites of reindeer sausage. Wynn had blueberry pancakes. Bob had the hostess special- seen on the menu and Ev had egg over easy on top of buttermilk pancakes. Fresh fruit and muffins completed the meal. We get to experience this again tomorrow morning.

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Then we made the trip from Girdwood over to Whittier. There was a very strange one way tunnel through a large mountain that only allowed our cars through on the half hour. We shared the tunnel with the cars going the other way and also the Alaskan Train. It was quite funky and cost us a few bucks to go through.

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When we went through the tunnel we arrived in Whittier. It was a crazy little town with mostly ports and not much else...couple of hotels.

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We boarded the Phillips 26 Glacier Tour and got onto the boat for our five hour cruise through the Prince William Sound.

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We were seated on the second deck and had seats by a window. We sat with a couple from Pittsburgh area. He was an Army vet and she a retired school teacher. This tour was mainly about the glaciers - 26 of them to be exact. We visited up close to at least four of them but the others were pointed out. The beauty of these majestic glaciers and sparkling mountains cannot be truly seen in these pics, but I think Bob did a great job in capturing the views.

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We had a forest naturalist doing the narration as we travelled. He was informative, but not nearly as personable or entertaining as our sea captain in Seward. We did not see nearly the wildlife, but like I said, there was more emphasis on the glaciers. We did see some seals, sea lions and otters.

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There were some other creatures encountered as well.

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As I told Wynn, you just can't beat a day on the water. This boat was larger than our last one and we went about 45mph. The wind on deck was close to 50 mph. Bob and Wynn stayed out most of the time. Ev and I went in and out depending on what was being seen. When the tour was done, we hustled back to the car. We got in line for the tunnel with two minutes to spare. Then we waited while a train came through. (Bob was in his glory catching the train coming out of the tunnel in pictures. )

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We travelled back to Girdwood and had supper at a little joint in town. There was live music and good food. We went down the hill afterwards for ice cream cones and ate them while looking for moose in where? Moose Meadows of course. There were none to be seen tonight.

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So another day comes and goes and we are headed to bed. I have another few minutes before the clothes come out of the dryer. Tomorrow we are heading to an animal shelter in the morning and then we have a three hour drive to Sheep Mountain Lodge. This is suppose to be a quiet, no electronic retreat. They do not have cell service or Internet....so there will not be a blog tomorrow, friends. I know, I know...you are all soooo disappointed. ?

So I leave you with one more picture tonight. The sun will shine again and we will be back on Monday.

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Bye for now!

Posted by brendagerber07 23:11

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Hi Brenda .Great pics again. The food always looks good! Makes me hungry. I love trains so those were good pics of them. Everything over there looks cold but really beautiful. It's too quiet back home without you guys and Sharia. Enjoy and stay safe.

Kathy

by Kathy Miller

Love those little sea otters--great pic of that trio : )
We also really liked that train/car tunnel, but we missed seeing a train. Glad that you caught one! We arrived in Whittier via water on a ferry across the Sound and then drove out of town--thought it was so beautiful there in the mountains. And we are laughing at your moose pursuit--we did the same!

by Brad and Sue

Hi Wynn and Brenda:
Believe it or not, I think the ice and snow look great and cool! I guess because it's really hot back here in Ohio. Glad you are having a great time in Alaska. Quite a different world from cycling in the south.
Wendy Miller

by Wendy Miller

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