In between long flights, guiding trips, and leading safaris I get to embark on one of life's greatest adventures, being a dad. The ability to facetime makes the time apart a little easier, but there is nothing like being there in person. The experience of watching Catalina go through the many milestones and being such an integral part of that is absolutely amazing. I started this blog as a way to help me remember all the adventures with pictures and stories, and this is one that I will never forget.
Catalina just passed the 8 month mark and is loving life. She is turning into quite the little water baby so I see fun in the ocean in Hawaii in her future. We've spent the summer in Vermont and have had some wonderful times out at Stave Island, playing in the lake, and not worrying about the need for diapers.
The juggle of a traveling career and starting a family is real, but so far we are doing it well. Most importantly Catalina is thriving, Heidi is rocking out being a mom, and we are having fun while being challenged.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
|Alaska: Land of Bears|
|Africa: Land of Big Cats|
|Tlingit Art and Dress|
|Glacier in Alaska|
|Sunset colors over the African plains|
Friday, September 7, 2018
On Baranof Island along a tranquil rocky stream we watched as 15 different bears spent time chasing salmon, or each other, trying to get their fill. A few times some of the younger bears looked like they were heading out way, but we remained safe and sound ontop of the river bank.
After the bubble netting the guests were sure the experience couldn't be topped. Then we found a group of 20+ whales milling about in one area. It turns out there was a huge concentration of krill. So we jetted off in the skiffs once again and plopped ourselves to drift amongst the whale bonanza. Bright red whale poop floated by from time to time giving us a hint as to their current prey.
It turns out September is a great time of year to be here in Southeast Alaska. The whales finally showed up in the masses. I wonder if this means the Hawaii whale season will get a late start as well.
All of this happened before we even showed the guests a glacier. But that was going to be epic as well. Some of the stillest water conditions ever greeted us near Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm. We took out skiffs and kayaks to enjoy the mirror-like water and reflections of ice. The ice got thicker and thicker the closer we got to the face of the glacier. These events combined only make up a small amount of the highlights of this trip. It is why Alaska can be such an amazing place to cruise...or better yet, to UnCruise.
Monday, September 3, 2018
It is so much fun to think that I may have seen these 40+ft whales back when they were tiny newborn babies in Hawaii. And by 'tiny' I of course mean the size of a pickup truck. If you like whale watching then August in SE Alaska is a great time and place to do it.
|Bubble Net Feeding|
|Close encounter on the skiff|