Calling all amateur geologists
Alaska, due to its volcanic, seismic and glacial past, present and future has a very wide variety of geological treasures. Everywhere you look and walk, you'll find all sorts of colorful rock, crystals, sand and such. The sand under your feet on the beach may have formed deep within the earth from molten magma, or perhaps was born after millenia of sedimentary pressure.
So if geology rocks your world, I think you're going to enjoy Alaska very very much.
Walk, Hike, go out on a boat,...
Walk, Hike, go out on a boat, hit the local eateries, and just really experience this awesome little town.
This photo is of Resurrection Bay. The amazing view during the July 4th fireworks show...the sky wasn't really dark at midnight; we were able to see all the way across Resurrection Bay. Mountains surrounding the town and they offered the perfect dark backdrop in the lit sky for the fireworks.
If you stroll along the harbor or anywhere along Resurrection Bay you are bound to see sea otters popping their little heads out of the water. They always appeared to be having fun, rolling over on their backs and perhaps consuming a tasty bivalve retrieved from the depths below.
A colony of fat happy sea lions. A herd such as this is usually ruled by an extremely large and extremely dominate bull male sea lion. The fjords and bays off the Kenai Peninsula are chocked full of salmon and other tasty fish. I don't believe that these sea lions often go hungry.
Look for sea otters. If you...
Look for sea otters. If you see them, it will most likely be in Resurrection Bay at the beginning of your cruise or if you're camping at the waterfront. Sea otters are fun to watch - they float on their backs most of the time, rolling, grooming and diving for there favorite shellfish. They are also known for breaking open shellfish on their bellies with a blunt object (maybe a rock).