Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Seward Alaska – Too Much Love Boat?

Norwegian Sun with Kenai Mountains in Resurrection Bay

Today marks our eighth day in Seward, and we have seen four cruise boats now.  Today it was the Norwegian Sun, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line.    This boat can also carry over 2,000 passengers, and nearly 1,000 crew members.  One thing about when these large cruise ships come into port…our Internet through Verizon is shot to heck because the passengers and crew use up the cell towers on us.

Norwegian Sun with Kenai Mountains in Resurrection Bay

For the second time I found a young couple embracing as the cruise ship goes by…perhaps they were reminiscing about when they once were on a cruise ship, perhaps dreaming about a time they want to be on a cruise ship, or perhaps they just saw too many episodes of the “Love Boat”.  (If you don’t know what the Love Boat is, click here

Norwegian Sun with Kenai Mountains in Resurrection Bay

My fascination with them is strictly photogenic…they make for a great picture.  Finding the right shot as it passes in front of the scenic landscape…and this boat by far is the most colorful, and reflected in the waters more than the others.

Norwegian Sun in dock, Seward

This ship also snuck in early in the morning, backing into the harbor.  Why some back in, while others go face first and back out is anyone’s guess.  With this one, the schedule said it was to dock at 7 am, but when the sun is up at 4 am, and it is light all night long, 7 am feels like it does all night…no darkness equals less sleep, so you get up when you decide to get up. 



Little Boat coming up on Norwegian Sun with Kenai Mountains in Resurrection Bay


A bit of perspective…got this little boat passing the big boat.  It is like a mosquito in size.




Norwegian Sun with Kenai Mountains in Resurrection Bay

By 9:30 it was down at the entry to Resurrection Bay.  Looks like it is headed for that mountain shore, but it is staying in the deep channel of the bay, slowly turning to the right and headed out to the Pacific Ocean.

Hikers going up Mount Marathon

Previously showed a picture of Mount Marathon where the Mount Marathon Race will be held on July 4th, bringing around 30,000 people to this small community.  (We will be long gone, over in Homer by then.)  Well, thought I would bring a bit of perspective to this too. 

Hikers going up Mount Marathon

The hikers are up where the green just starts to disappear along the trail on the left side of the mountain.  One heck of a mountain...and the record is like 44 minutes!

Full moon, rising over Kenai Mountains and Resurrection Bay, midnight of June 20th/21st

At precisely midnight, the start of the longest day of the year, the moon starts to peek its full head over the mountain top.

Full moon, rising over Kenai Mountains and Resurrection Bay, midnight of June 20th/21st

Welcome to the first day of summer…what a way to start our summer.

Full moon, rising over Kenai Mountains and Resurrection Bay, midnight of June 20th/21st

Sometimes timing is everything…yes, that is a small boat between the moon and the moon’s reflection.

Full moon, rising over Kenai Mountains and Resurrection Bay, midnight of June 20th/21st

Just sitting in the motorhome, enjoying the view, waiting for my laptop to charge up so that I could finish the blog.  I look up and see this white reflection in the water and think, “Where is this coming from???”  Then, “Oh Marcia, look at what we get!!!”   I grab the camera and run out.  Came in to show Marcia the first batch of shots, got Skruffy and we went out for the latter bunch, getting the picture of boat crossing the reflection.  All of the previous nights we had put the cover over the front window by 11:30.  Not tonight…thank goodness.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for these pictures of one of my most favorite places. I spent many happy play days in Seward during nearly 20 years in Alaska. I have boated and kayaked all over the bay and done the Mt. Marathon race 3 times and have the t-shirt to prove it!
    Although with lots of building out on Lowell point and the lodge across bay it has changed a lot--your pictures are beautiful and do it justice! I have never read your blog before but finding it tonight has brought many happy memories to mind! Thanks and Happy travels to you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Dog emergency forced us to move over to Soldotna, Skruffy is real real sick.

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  2. Thanks for the moon pic. We stayed up until 2 AM, but clouds prevented a Moon sighting. Will try again tonight. Welcome to the Kenai.

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    1. I am so happy the clouds moved out and gave us the opportunity to see the moon like that...it was very inspiring, but easy to forget when the next morning you are in crisis mode with a very sick dog...

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