Alaska Saltwater Lodge Boat Trip

September 6, 2015 – Today we had scheduled a small boat trip with the Alaska Saltwater Lodge.  We decided to go with them since we liked the smaller boats, which they intentionally underbook so people have enough space to move around during the day, and the flexibility that their boat operators have to stay longer/shorter at different spots.  Plus we’ve done the larger boat trips in other areas, and were hoping for something different from two or three decks full of so many people that you had no chance to see everything.

We saw quite a few bald eagles on the ride.
We saw quite a few bald eagles on the ride.

First, though, let’s talk about breakfast.  We stayed at Sunshine House, and their food is good – really good.  Everything is fresh or home made, from the salmon they catch and smoke themselves, to the omelets they made today (with fresh ginger, ham, potatoes, cheese and onions), and the sourdough bread and jams.

In addition to wildlife, the tour passes many interesting rock features.
In addition to wildlife, the tour passes many interesting rock features.

Now, the boat trip.  There were two workers on our boat, and about 7 other people (two groups); the boat was made for 15 passengers, so we had plenty of space.  We stayed outside most of the time, sitting up front or on the sides.  The trip was scheduled to be all day, and it was, leaving just after 8am and getting back just before 5pm.

We are happy any time we see puffins on the water.
We are happy any time we see puffins on the water.

While the weather was gray and foggy, we enjoyed the views of scenery from the water, and got to see quite a few sea birds, bald eagles, many puffins, a few whales, lots of sea lions, a very friendly (and sleepy) sea otter, and go up close to a glacier.  The glacier was glowing blue, and the boat had to maneuver around little icebergs to get a closer view.  There were also waterfalls running off of the nearby cliffs, as well as a variety of birds happily resting on the ice.

We were lucky enough to see some humpback whales as well.
We were lucky enough to see some humpback whales as well.

We had reindeer sausage, cheese and crackers as a snack, and sandwiches and chips for lunch.  We brought our own water, as well as other snacks since we weren’t sure what they would serve.  Overall the entire day was a great experience (the captain was even sensitive to those of us who were popping ginger candies during some of the rougher areas, and moved to quieter waters), and one we would definitely do again.

We weren't the only ones enjoying a boat ride.
We weren’t the only ones enjoying a boat ride.

Once we were back onshore we went back to the Seward Brewing Company for dinner; once again the food and beer were good, we greatly enjoyed the pretzels and fish and chips.

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