Bears can run

So we dropped the anchor at Terror Bay today and noticed that the cruising guide was right: there are lots of otters here. You can just quietly sit on the boat with the camera in your hand and they will eventually float by. Single, double or in multi-packs. Oh my god they are so cute. When they float in these packs it seems to me that one is on watch and the others are sleeping. On a commando we can't hear all of a sudden all dive away. Soso sweet.
Today is the first day without rain in a while, it feels really good. We did even see the sun- in distance, but it looks like it's clearing up and we might have a sunny day tomorrow so we can finally dry our stuff.

We did a long, exciting walk along the beach shore. At first we came across an eagle pair watching their nest where we took a gazillion pictures and then around the next corner, which we slowly peaked around first to make sure we're not directly running into a bear Marcus spotted a bear further down the beach feeding on something at a dead tree lying there. First we took pictures. Then Marcus wanted to pass by the bear further up the beach, but that sounded too scary for me. So I let out a whistle to let him know we're there since he had not taken notice of us. I was amazed he heard my whistle. He looked up and immediately ran away as fast as he could. Yes, there's no way a human would outrun those cuddly furry things. Boy that poor thing was scared. We came across its footprints further down the beach, boy they were bigger than my feet. Especially wider. Quite impressive. We enjoyed the rest of our walk until we got to the big river which we followed for a bit and them turne
d around. We walked on a bear path I guess which started to lead through higher grass. That seemed to be pushing our luck too much, as we could stumble upon a sleeping/resting bear and just scare him which could make him angry. So we walked back and went home for dinner. That was a really nice long walk and it was not cold at all. It's way warmer on land than on the water, of course.

Heading on to the next anchorage tomorrow and then to the city of Kodiak on Saturday where I might get internet to send some pictures.


Kukak Bay

We moved on to Kukak Bay, a couple of miles northeast of our last anchorage and right across from Kodiak Island. After breakfast (which by time is usually brunch) we want to go for a walk along the beach knowing this is the time the bears go for a walk.
The weather has not been great the last days as two lows passed through. Out in the strait the sun is shining today, it's overcast here at the anchorage in the fjord as the clouds cling to the mountains. We have a view to an existing glacier, Halo Glacier, which was lit up in blue yesterday. That was a phenomenon I had never seen before. I guess because there was some blue sky behind the glacier and thick clouds towards our direction the blue got reflected onto the glacier. It was soso beautiful. The clouds slowly gave way to some blue sky for a while where the blue was extraordinary intense, maybe because it was mixed with the grey from some of the dissipating clouds. That was the highlight of the last two days. This morning is calm with no wind so far making the water in the bay a flat mirror.