As some of you may have noticed, the blog stagnated last month. Although we do have our hands full here on the farm, it was more directly related to my working sojourn to the north seas of Alaska. In addition to my home-based GIS business, I don the captain hat when I have the opportunity and help to earn my keep by working on the water.
The vessel I worked on is the Snowgoose, a beautiful 65′ steel vessel that operates a thriving marine science program for middle-school children here in Bellingham in the spring and fall, and spends the summer doing eco-tour trips in Alaska. I was fortunate enough to wrangle a spot as First Mate and spent 36 days cruising the waters of the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska between Glacier Bay, Sitka and Wrangell. It was a spectacular, exquisite and breathtaking journey.
I worked three separate guest trips, each 10 days long and more spectacular than the last. We saw innumerable Brown Bear feasting upon epic amounts salmon, jaw dropping displays of tidewater glaciers calving into the sea and witnessed rare bubble-net feeding behavior of humpback whales.
We kayaked through iceberg fields, squealed with delight at Dall’s porpoises riding our bow wake and never tired of the pods of Orcas we encountered, hot springs we soaked in or seals and sea lion rookeries we visited. Alaska is indeed bountiful – and I am always awe-inspired, humbled and appreciative of my time in this spectacular place.
But boy did I miss my boys back at the farm….and all those baby goats!
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