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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Alaska’s Inside Passage‏

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments

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My vacation began at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. That’s when the “Island Spirit” left the dock in Juneau to start the trip through Alaska’s Inside Passage. We are 31 passengers and nine crew on a small cruise ship.

I am traveling with my friend Parkie Parker from Santa Barbara. This is our second cruise; our first cruise together many years ago was from San Pedro, California, to Mexico.

This is truly a vacation because we are so cut off from the cares of the world. Once we left port we haven’t had any Internet, phone, or television connection. While we are moving, going anywhere is completely out of my hands. We have no place to go and nothing that we have to do. And as I am getting to know all the other people on this ship, I am enjoying long relaxed conversations with no time pressure.

Even before we left port I was able to see and photograph wildlife that I had never seen before. These strange-looking ducks swam around our ship.

A Surf Scoter

A Surf Scoter

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Five Male Surf Scoters Follow a Female

Five Male Surf Scoters Follow a Female

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The big surprise was when I happened to see movement in the rocks at the end of the pier. Not before I asked half a dozen people and double-checked Google Images was I able to identify this animal.

A Mink

A Mink

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We pulled out of port in good weather, warm and still sunny. Looking back, we could see the city we left.

Juneau, the Capital of Alaska

Juneau, the Capital of Alaska

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We moved slowly down the Gastineau Channel between Juneau and Douglas Island into the Stephens Passage to Holkham Bay. There we entered Endicott Arm where we dropped anchor for the night in the untouched and calm Sanford Cove.

The fewer than 50 miles that we travelled today attest to the leisurely pace of our journey. Like life itself, the journey itself rather than the destination, is our focus.

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