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

Tenakee Springs

May 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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On Monday, the seventh day of the cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage on the Island Spirit, we visited several hours in the small isolated city of Tenakee Springs. This incorporated city with 98 residents on Chichagof Island spreads out along the Tenakee Inlet. We went out of our way between Warm Springs Bay, where we overnighted Sunday, to Funter Bay near the tip of the Mansfield Peninsula, where we slept for our seventh night on board.

Tenakee Springs, Alaska

Tenakee Springs, Alaska

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After a skiff took us from the Island Spirit to the city’s harbor, we walked to the town. The bakery was the only open store.

The bakery had a wi-fi connection allowing me to read the 180 messages that had come in since I was in Petersburg. But it was too slow to send out the 36 messages that I had pending.

We also visited the post office, the dock, and the public bath — an enclosed hot spring. The general store, founded in 1899, doesn’t open on Monday.

After leaving Tenakee Springs, we returned to the Chatham Strait. There, we found more humpback whales.

Thar She Blows!

Thar She Blows!

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Down She Goes

Down She Goes

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Just before 9 p.m. Jeff called out that he spotted a pod of 15 to 16 orcas ahead of us. I had never previously seen orcas — often known as the “killer whales.” But these were close and among the 300 shots I took were these two:

Many Orcas

Many Orcas

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An Orca -- Not a Boeing 747 in the Water

An Orca -- Not a Boeing 747 in the Water

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Since this was the last full day of our magnificent cruise, we all got together for the first time.

Thirty-one Friends

Thirty-one Friends

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This was a bitter-sweet parting. After seven full days together on the Island Spirit, we faced the end of a perfect voyage. I will miss my new friends.

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  • 1 Bob Guetzlaff // Jun 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I’m jealous, Dave!

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