In 2017, I decided to take a trip to Alaska. Not because I had always wanted to go to “The Last Frontier” but because everyone else seemed to want to go. What is all the hype about, I wondered. I needed to see and experience Alaska to know if it was really as awesome as people say. Boy, did I discover that the love affair with Alaska is justified. It was incredible. So many memories stand out. One thing in particular was the whales.
I had never seen whales in a natural environment. While Whale tours abound as excursions for Alaska, they always come with a warning: “we can’t guarantee whale sighting”. So, I, being the skeptical person that I am, figured I’d pay tons of money and not see a whale one. Boy was I mistaken.
Now, I can’t guarantee everyone’s experience will be like min but in July 2017, we saw a lot of whales. And unlike the caribou in Denali, one never gets tired of seeing a whale. Recently my husband was going through the 2,000+ photos I took on the trip (don’t you just love digital photography?) and he said “you got a lot of photos of whales”. Yes, yes I did! I put my camera on sport mode and clicked away. I didn’t want to miss one second of the elegant arching of the humpback whale as it arched its body in and out of the surface of the sea. I didn’t want to miss a breaching of the water when the amazingly large animal emerged out of the water only to come slamming back down. I didn’t want to miss the fin of the Orca at its highest above the water line. And, I am here to tell you, I got it all.
We even had a moment where a particular whale decided to do a show for us. Beating the water with his tail fin over and over. It went on for at least 5, maybe 10, minutes. It was like being at Sea World only about a million times better.
Honestly, I can’t wait to go back. It is one of those places where, even thought you have “been there, done that”, the next time the experience will be different. The weather can be different, the animals can be different, the guides can be different. But one thing remains the same, it is a world where nature rules and that, my friends, will never change.
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