Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: June 29, 2018
We woke in Dundas Bay to a misty morning. Our first stop was on the other side of Cross Sound at Elfin Cove on Chichagof Island. Elfin Cove is a fishing resort/community with a marina, a small grocery, a laundry, a post office. Only 20-30 people live here. There are no streets but it does have a boardwalk that becomes a trail which runs between houses and around the cove. It was a one-hour stop to replenish the on-board wine supply.
It was raining lightly when we stopped in. Dan and I walked between the houses along the boardwalk and back. We saw and heard so many eagles but couldn't get a decent shot of them. Consistent with the cove's name, the woodland trail was dotted with little "elves" placed in inconspicuous spots.
What was particularly nice were the reflections in the water.
In Icy Strait near Lemesurier Island, we saw orcas. There were several small groups of orcas working together.
The group included an orca calf. The white of the calf has an amber coloration in its first year of life.
I counted at least 6 orcas swimming together.
When we thought they were in front of us suddenly they were behind us. It seemed like they were playing with us. They entertained us, or we entertained them, for over an hour.