|White-sided dolphins from our cruise ship! After breakfast, I bundled up and sat out on deck most of the day, alternating binoculars and Hamilton.|
|This isn't the last time that we saw white-sided dolphins, but I believe that it's the only time that I photographed them.|
|Ditto with the sea lions!|
I was pretty excited about the lecturers on the ship--we had a naturalist and an oceanographer. I brought my travel journal along to each lecture and took notes.
Here's our naturalist.
See? Notes! People commented on my note-taking, and once, as I was casing one of the fifth floor lounges for the best spot to watch the string quartet, an older gentleman in a track suit waved me over to him solely because he'd seen me taking notes at that day's lecture and wanted to discuss it with me. One of my favorite things about this cruise was adult conversation--very little talk about kids, but lots of talk about books, movies, travel, and history!
|Even though the scenery was majestic--we were cruising the most narrow part of the Inside Passage, including the Seymour Narrows, a part so treacherous that it requires its own pilot--this is the only photo that I took of it on this day, and even this is at the very end of the day, when the fog is coming in and I'm on my way down to our room to dress up for a reception.|
|Okay, I sat in our window and read for a little while longer before I got dressed.|
|We went to the Captain's Reception, where the ship's officers all introduced themselves and there was free champagne and nibblies.|
|So obviously we then hit up the super fancy restaurant while we were nice and drunk. Thank goodness for the bread basket!|
|You can't see it, but we're sitting next to a large window and we have a gorgeous view.|
|Our cruise included all the food, even the fancy food at the fancy restaurants, and my philosophy was that if there was something on the menu that I'd never eaten before, then by god, I was going to eat that thing! Here I'm eating my first caviar.|
|And that's how I know that I love caviar!|