Ah, onward to the good stuff!
Lets start off by saying the quality of sleep I got that first night (as well as most people in tents) was the pits. I don’t know what it is about night-time on ships but the wind just pounded us. I probably woke up every 20 minutes fearful that my tent was going to blow away with me in it. Thankfully it didn’t, no ones did. The gorilla tape really did do a good job, thank goodness!
The Gorilla Tape did it’s job!
Now, I have to admit, when I got up Saturday morning, I wasn’t to optimistic that we would see anything that day since we were socked in an endless expanse of dense fog.
Seriously the fog was so thick at points that the captain was blowing the ships horn every 1-2 minutes (or at least it felt like it).
The weather got foggier as the morning went on.
The weather looked awful, but at least it wasn’t raining.
Since there was nothing to see I journeyed down to the forward viewing lounge, which is filled with seats similar to airplane style or what you would find on a typical ferry, found a good seat next a window (even thought I couldn’t see anything) and watched a movie on my laptop to pass the time.
About an hour later we had left the shelter of Vancouver Island and officially entered Queen Charlotte Sound. Because we were now in what was considered “open waters” the ship quickly began to rock and while I don’t normally get seasick I was feeling it so I decided to try and take a nap instead to ward off the nausea.
There was a digital map by the purser’s desk letting us know where we were at all times.
I woke up two hours later to hot sunshine hitting my tent. Sometime during my nap we had blasted through the fog layer and the weather had turned beautiful.
Not long later we were further rewarded with our first whale sighting of the trip. While they were a decent way from the ship I was able to capture some of the humpback whales acrobatics with my telephoto lens. As the day went on we spotted more and more whales, more often than not it was just the spray as they surfaced along with a little hump as they dove back down again, but a few times the whale would wave at us with its great tail.
This whale gave us a great show, jumping and playing around in the water.
Other whales’ would only give us a brief glimpse.
Later on in the afternoon the captain came over the loud speakers to announce they had spotted a pod of Orcas. You’d never seen so many people jump up and head to the rails of a ship so quickly. The orcas however proved to be a little ship shy and we didn’t see them come up again until we were well past them unfortunately.
The real star of the day however was just the landscape. Oh it was so pretty. Endless fjords, islands and steep mountains diving into the deep ocean waters. Everytime I had to leave the deck to do something like eat or use the restroom I got really anxious, fearing I would miss something cool.
Every now and again you’d catch a waterfall flowing into the ocean water.
We really did luck out immensely with the sun. A lot of voyages get stuck in rain the entire time, and while later on we got our fair share the day was spent cruising BC’s inside passage was so beautiful.
Stay Tuned for Day 3…
September 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm
WHOA! This is so amazing, I love all of the photos and am so jealous of the adventure you had getting up there. I didn’t know you were heading up to Alaska but I’m praying for you and will totally be following the journey! Have fun!
September 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm
Thanks girl! This is going to be an adventure that’s for sure. And you’re in Hawaii right now aren’t you?
September 11, 2014 at 10:54 am
Totally looks like it. I’m still in awe of the photo with the ship and the fog all around… Possibly desktop status in awe! Great job with the photos.
I am in Hawaii! Based out of Kona for now helping start a school for missionary midwives and will do the same starting in Kansas City in January so I can continue my own training. Jesus is on the move, that’s for sure!
September 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm
Awe Thanks 🙂 That’s one of my fav photos too. And that’s so awesome how God is using your skills and passions for his Kingdom! So excited to follow your journey as well!