A Fishin, We A Go...

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Obviously, I took quite a few pictures while we were out fishing for three days. So bare with me. I'm going to break them up into two or three posts.
On Sunday, the 1st we got up and left Tok around 10:30 AM. It is a four and a half hour drive from Tok to Valdez on the Tok Cutoff. It was an overcast and drizzly day as been the norm around here for the past while. It's starting to feel like the coast instead of the interior... on the coast it's drizzly and rainy pretty much every single day when it's not snowing. 
Thankfully this wasn't my first trip to Valdez, it's a gorgeous drive, but it was foggy, cloudy, and raining the whole time. You could barely see the mountains or the Worthington glacier. On a nice day, the scenery is amazing. But when it's cloudy, you almost don't even realize what you are driving through. Going over the Thompson pass, we couldn't see anything, the fog was so thick, we couldn't even see the lines on the road. The temperature at the top of the pass dropped about 9-10 degrees. Lots of snow up there still - there is usually snow, but there was a considerable amount for this time of year there. In the town of Valdez, there is still un melted snow - in July. 
215rain and clouds

219the Worthington glacier

233going over Thompson Pass, those markers along the side of the road are to guide the snow blowers - because yes, the snow gets that high

237just barely able to see the lines in the road

238coming out of the pass, and the fog

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248coming into Valdez

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We were excited to see our friend Buddy's new boat. He upgraded this year from his 36 foot cruiser to a 52 foot, yacht. It's gorgeous. Lots more sleeping and living room and even a good sized kitchen. The fishing deck is twice as big which is really nice.

252there she is, Captain Bud's new boat

253Valdez harbor

254the harbor

255heading to the truck to unload our stuff

256in Jack Bay, where we spent our first night, lots of clouds but it was super calm

266Eagles flying in Jack Bay

278Looking off the deck of the boat

281heading out of Jack Bay towards a good fishing spot on Monday

296Douglas says, lets catch some fish!

300Douglas enjoying the view

304cruising along

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322Pam, navigating

325We pulled up the shrimp pots, here is the haul out of one

327map of Jack Bay

343Iceberg, it's amazing how blue they are

345full of gulls

347
367Sea otter carrying her baby on her belly! They are so adorable

374shark?

376Nope, it's a whale!

377looks like a Minkie whale feeding, the mouth is wide open filling up

382Douglas and Norman riding up front
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Captain Buddy cleaning the shrimp

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 Dinner time!

We saw three whales, which is always amazing. We didn't see any Humpback whales this trip, but hopefully next time if we are able to go out again. They are just breath taking to see. It's exciting to get to see any whales though, it always makes my heart skip a beat or two. Especially when you see and hear them blow - such an awesome sound.

There were lots of Sea Otters out with their babies - we've never seen so many. I'm convinced they are one of the most adorable critters ever, carrying their babies on their bellies, playing, and when they sleep they even sometimes hold hands, yes hold hands, so they don't drift apart from each other.  Just amazing critters.

Most of the time the water was completely calm. We went out to deeper water on day two, and it was calm, on day three we had quite a bit of rocking at our fishing spot, but only for a few hours while we caught some halibut.

I've got a bunch more pictures to come. I still have to check out what pictures Kevin took, I know he got a lot better pictures of the Sea Otters with his Canon EOS-50D than I was able to get with my G12.