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Puffins, Fjords, Mountains, Snow and Ravens

I arrived in Seward two days ago. The mountains, the Ravens and the snow welcomed me with open arms so to speak. So far this job appears to probably be the highlight of all my past seasonal positions... Good housings, excellent views. organized Management, great incentives and perks to top it off.. Busily learning all our Tour packages getting prepped for the first rush in early May... Packing in all the information, so I will be on top of everything.. as I am the pm Supervisor.. so I want to have it down pat. Mostly excited about all the incentives and perks that come along with my job. I get to take the trips... can't sell them, unless you know them firsthand. My first trip is Friday to see the Migrating Gray Whales coming into Resurrection Bay and hopefully the Orcas. As a Marine Naturalist I am particularly excited about all the Marine Wildlife. Our logo is a Puffin and I adore these guys, so I cannot wait to see them. I saw my first Sea Otter today just out in the harbor right by the office, so that was a highlight... So grateful for the wonderful opportunities I have.

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Comment by Dawna Raven sky on April 19, 2010 at 10:19pm
Hey Sassy... whassup? good to see you here as well as yes, I have been here a week... spent a few days training.. first day on the floor.. getting the computer system down.... loving it.. eagles everywhere... Otters right in front of work in the bay... work good.. a lot to get down.. system.. packages.. trips... did two boat trips that were great... best perk.. is I do all the trips so I can sell them... Love Seward.. beautiful... I have a housemate at the moment.. we have apartments.... by next month there will be four... I can't handle having to share a room.. so my mgr is working on something.. so hopefully I can be mostly by myself.... the only downfall is alaska is so expensive.. food... etc... really high..... other than that ...gorgeous here....... you leave soon hey? may? you will have fun.. there is a yellowstone group here and they talk back and forth.. I have seen there posts.. at the older and bolder group.... anyway... chat soon... okee dokee..


Comment by Cathy Rosen on April 19, 2010 at 9:26pm
Hey Raven!! So you're there now!! Awesome pictures! Sounds wonderful! I'd like to do Alaska someday. Do you have a roommate?
Comment by Jon Tilley on April 19, 2010 at 1:22pm
Reminds me of Glacier Bay.
Comment by Dawna Raven sky on April 17, 2010 at 10:14pm
Two great days in a row out on the high seas...ooooh wee.. This is part of my job.... going on all the trips in order to sell them effectively. Yesterday we were rockin and rolling out there.. yet the Captain sure did a marvelous job of keeping the boat from tipping sideways. Hooray!!

Great Wildlife day, although no whales... We did have a group of Dalls Porpoise, along with Stellar Sea Lions hauled out on rocks, abundant Sea birds which was comprised of Thick Billed Murres, Black Legged Kittiwakes, Piegon Guillemots, Bald Eagles, Aucklets and more... Yesterday the visibility was really pretty bad, yet I managed to stay on high spirits....

Today, was much clearer with good sightings as well. Plenty of Playful Sea Otters, more Stellars, Bald Eagles, Mountain Goats galore, and a group of Dalls Porpoise that rode our Bow for quite a while. These endearing Cetecans, also known as Speed Demons, are the fastest Cetecans on the planet with speeds exceeding 35mph sometimes. They love Boats and are extremely social creatures. They really got the crowd excited which was good since we saw no whales.

So if you love breathtaking scenery with mountains and ocean, the Kenai Peninsula is definitely the place to be. Boat Charters, wildlife watching, glaciers and more await you in this scenic wonderland
Comment by Dawna Raven sky on April 16, 2010 at 7:29pm
I was out on the boat today on the Gray Whale tour through Resurrection Bay. It was snowing the entire time and the wind was kicking up quite a bit at one point. We were riding on a roller coaster... fun..... and it is still snowing now at 5:30pm..... crazy. snow one day, sun the next....
Comment by Jon Tilley on April 16, 2010 at 3:06pm
A friend of mine in Anchorage said that they just got around eight inches.
Comment by Anneliese on April 16, 2010 at 7:53am
Your so lucky, I too next year would like to experience Alaska. It looks beautiful there!
Comment by akscootr on April 15, 2010 at 11:39pm
Just curious... is it snowing as much in Seward? We have tons of it here in Valdez and still getting snow every day. The Orcas are already here; I saw two while on the ferry from Whittier to Valdez. I hope you see them soon....awesome. :0)
I wish housing was as simple as Seward though... Beware, if you get a job here, be prepared to camp for a bit unless you get company housing. There is a shortage because of a construction project that has employee housing mostly taken up already. It is truly beautiful here though.... :0) Happy Alaska summer :0)
Comment by Dawna Raven sky on April 15, 2010 at 8:14pm
aggie.... the company I am working for hires Shuttle Drivers...... several of the Alaskan companies do, and often they are retired. There are definitely opportunities up here....

Jon, yes sell sell sell... today was amazing.. sunny, kind of warmish.. in the sun... and such blue skies....... awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see you soon...
Comment by aggie71 on April 15, 2010 at 5:20pm
Dawna ... sounds like you have quite a summer in front of you. I love the pictures you have posted, the area looks amazing. I am a 60 year old guy who will be looking for an Alaskan job next summer. If you see some jobs being done that would "fit" a guy my age I would sure like to hear about them. I have a previous summer working retail in Yellowstone, and currently I am a sales representative for the Hershey Company in Houston, Texas. I want to work a tour desk or drive a tour bus/shuttle.

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