|Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles EVERYWHERE! Perfectly timed American symbol following the fourth of July|
Following the excitement and epic fun of the 4th of July in Skagway, Ketchikan was a great day to take it a bit easier and relax while mother nature did all the work. Except steering the kayak, mother nature couldn't do that and it seemed for awhile that I couldn't either =)
Once at the dock, we hopped on board a motorized boat to ride about 5-15 minutes out the the little island we would kayak around.
Our boat driver actually owned the tour company with his family and was very engaging and friendly, in fact, if I haven't mentioned it here before, all of our guides in each excursion were excellent and extremely informative/interesting people!
|Unlike ducks and other water-fowl, bald eagles do not have oil on their feathers that keeps them dry in any dive into the water. Because of this they have to dry their wings after each dive, which explains the pose you see on quarters.|
We were actually quite a good team and decided that in the final stretch of kayaking around the island, once we were just heading into shore we would race everyone. and we WON! We even beat the guides! But we did make sure not to tell them we were racing until after we had passed them =)
We ran into quite a few eagles and had a great photo op with the group when one of the guides volunteered to take some pictures of the group:
|Like a B.O.S.S.|
|This eagle was eating a salmon, it was the closest one I saw and let's just say I'm glad I wasn't a fish|
Other than eagles we saw a ton of starfish! They were purple and orange and we were even given permission to pick one up (provided we put him/her back of course). The water was cool and clear and since it was protected by the islands it was easy to forget it was salt water since it reminded me of a lake more than the ocean.
|Starfish Sam and Me!|
The whole excursion was so serene and peaceful. We saw a deer and her fawn and learned that pregnant females will swim out to the islands to give birth since there are no predators for them out there. With our short trip we were able to glimpse into what made that area so special.