Flying Fish

inspired by nature, fueled by irony, life and art in Alaska

Back to back tours

In the summer. during the tourist season, I take on a second job.  Alaska is a great big feeding frenzy in the summer with whales coming home from Hawaii to eat as much as possible so they can go south in the fall and bears coming out of hibernation to eat as many fish as possible for next winter’s hibernation.  It’s the same with humans, we work and hunt and gather as much as possible to get ready for next winter… so I take a second (or third) job to pay for next winter’s fuel and wood and food and with any luck at all vacation.  You know, so I can visit the humpback whales in their winter homes.     This year I am driving a bus and yakking at tourists with Alaska Nature Tours, today was my first back to back tours 8.5 hour day.  It was actually a fun day, I got to work with two of our best naturalists and both sets of passengers were lively and interested.  One of the guides I worked with is the man who was superintendent of Glacier Bay National Park in the early 80’s when the rules regarding motor vessel traffic around the Humpback whales was created.  He’s a park service legend in Southeast…and a pretty damn funny tour guide. 

     It was mixed weather, rainy and cloudy at times windy and sunny at others, but it’s all in the presentation.  A temperate rainforest needs a little rain and a little sun.  That mud… it’s soil in the making…  ahhh the art of the tour.

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