Wednesday, 9 September 2015
09.09.2015 - 09.09.2015
Managed to get the fire going last night - worked so well we had to leave the door open. Also finally managed to upload the blogs for the past few days.
This morning we packed our bags for the last time, when we catch up with them aboard the Coral Princess we will enjoy the luxury of not having to pack up again for about 28 days.
Chris has scheduled us for a leisurely departure at 09:15 so that we have time for some photo stops along the way. The weather isn't brilliant but it isn't raining - yet. The photo stops were well worthwhile. The best was the Hope Glacier where Chris ensured that everyone had a chance to have their photo taken.
Next stop was a fish-viewing platform where we watched salmon spawn. This event occurs only at this time of year and we were most fortunate to see it in action. Trying to photograph grey looking fish under an overcast sky proved too difficult for me.
We then stopped at the day lodge on the shores of Portage Lake where a tiny lady provides food and beverage for the passing public. She also has an amazing collection of genuine handcrafted artifacts created by the local Indians. Exquisite pieces carved from materials such as walrus tusks.
We have a 12:30 schedule to enter the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, it is the longest tunnel in North America. It has only a single lane and both road and rail share the tunnel. On the half hour there is a 15 minute window for traffic entering from the West. On the hour the tunnel is open for traffic entering from the East. Interesting that is the only road into and out of Wittier. The enormous mountains that line the Prince William Sound make any other way impossible.
Arriving at the Cruise Terminal we were quickly processed through the embarkation.
Our stateroom (cabin) was ready but luggage was well behind. We started unpacking about 16:30 be were only half done when we had to go to a 17:30 dinner. Because of the trickling nature of arrivals all dining was unassigned but we were able to snag a table for two.
Back to the cabin and finished the unpacking and sat around - me typing this, Jenny studying the inside of her eyelids. Muster drill is at 19:45 and we sail soon after.
WiFi appears to be working in the cabin so I should be able to keep up to date.
We've cast off and are finding our way out of the Sound and out to the open ocean, smooth sailing for now.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view photo for today by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony