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My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Volunteering for a week in Seymour Canal~ Near Juneau, Alaska

on July 4, 2013

June 24-29, 2013 When my husband asked me if I would be
willing to come and volunteer with him for a week out in the field
I was thrilled to take the offer. I actually met him 18 years
earlier as I was on a volunteer trip in the same area. This time we
would be boating around the area and checking in on remote cabins.
It was an great week that even rain could not ruin!

IMG_10215fly slide

Slide Lake


IMG_10210fly pC:windfall

Pack Creek is the creek
flowing out the mud flats in the photo and we stayed on Windfall
Island where we stay.

On the day we landed it was
80+degrees outside… In Alaska 80 feels like 100 anyplace else, it
was hot and the horse flies were terrible. But we loaded the float
plane and took off for a 30 minute flight.

We unloaded
and got ourselves set up at camp
https://timistravels.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/camp-life-windfall-island/
then we got in the skiff and visited Windfall Harbor, what a
beautiful area.

IMG_9823crabbers

you can see all the crab
pots here.

The only sad part were the areas that were
damaged or trashed by the crabbers (professional fisherman that
collect/sell crabs). They toss their extra crab pots in the woods
along with other junk and just leave it. They often trash the
campsite with their garbage and don’t clean up after themselves. It
is just a bit sad.
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sun setting on
Windfall

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sea anemone in the
water

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sea anemone in the
water

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sea anemone out of water
on high tide

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star fish

On the
next day we set out to do the work that Harry needed to complete.
But before we did we stopped to take advantage of the low tide and
view the sea anemone’s at low tide, such interesting looking
creatures. We also got a good view of many, many, many starfish.
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IMG_9965mink

do you see the
mink?

IMG_10031loon

wish you could hear the
loon

We then went
exploring around the area, up and down Seymour Canal. We started up
in Pleasant Bay, then past the Bug Islands, into Fools Inlet and up
to Olivers Inlet. Along the way I saw a mom deer nursing her fawn,
found gumboots both eaten and uneaten at low tide, we saw and heard
loons and 100’s of bald eagles. I learned that Seymour Canal has
more bald eagles per square mile than anyplace else in the world
(according to Fish and Wildlife). We saw wildflowers, beaver
activity and even a skeleton of a deer that had not made it through
winter. We came across beautiful meadows and a salt chuck that was
amazing. Each time you turned a corner there was a breathtaking
view.We heard and saw loons throughout the trip, as well as a mink
or two on shore occasionally. The trip was just full of
nature.

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mama deer nursing her
fawn

IMG_9970gumboot eaten

gumboot

IMG_9954us saltchuck

the salt chuck behind
us

IMG_9952beaver work

busy beavers


IMG_9956deer carcuss

deer skeleton


IMG_9916blue ger

wild blue
geranium

IMG_9859deer tracks

deer tracks on many of the
beaches

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eagles were everywhere in
the area.

IMG_9865hotspots

brown bear follow the same
path over and over and over and over again, and you begin to see
these pad marks in the ground.

Last but not least were the brown
bears. We saw many of them on this adventure, but you will have to
visit this blog to read more about them:
https://timistravels.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2536&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2


One response to “Volunteering for a week in Seymour Canal~ Near Juneau, Alaska

  1. I lobe your blogs about your adventures, TT, the pictures were wonderful! I have to ask… What is a gumboot? ( a water creature, I’m sure, but I have no idea what or where they come from…)

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