Sunday, November 30, 2008

Day 8 - Cruising the Sounds

Good day from the chilly Sounds down in Fjordland National Park. We lucked out being on the starboard side where we’ve had the best views for seeing these beautiful fjords with their many skinny waterfalls. This photo is an example of a larger one. We learned that those waterfalls put about 6 inches of fresh water on top of the sea water, which plays a bit of havoc with the ecology.
There is even snow up on some of the higher peaks as we exit Doubtful Sound where we are picking up wind, chop and now low clouds. My new fleece jacket felt mighty good out on the verandah. We have cruised totally alone through the sounds, except for a few dolphin, seagulls and other boats in evidence anywhere. Dick is particularly enjoying watching a lone tern glide just above the white caps, with nary a flap of his wings in his search for lunch. Hopefully he’ll show up nicely on Dick’s video clip.

We enjoyed breakfast with an interesting couple from Ft. Myers. Our dinner companions for this cruise consists of a couple from Canada and a widow from Montreal, a French Canadian. Haley, you should be with us to practice your French with her! The single lady from Las Vegas changed her reservation to the earlier seating, so we are a very small group.

After dinner last night, we discovered a good string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello), and we’ll go hear them again this afternoon, as well as the a capella quartet whenever they are performing. That group consists of four Michigan College friends, who perform a little humor in between numbers...sometimes ‘little’ is the operative word, however they are cute and have beautiful voices. We’ll manage a little reading and a nap. How’s your Sunday? Life is good!!!


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well i must admit my own bed felt pretty danged good last night, but i sure miss the ship already. no one is bringing me coffee and cereal to my room today and smiling and wishing me a lovely day. i'm gonna' make sarge do it if he ever gets up! ha ha ha

smiles, bee

Sarge Charlie said...

G'day down under, you must be having a blast

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I'm glad you are having a great time.

Empress Bee's comment made me chuckle.

Enjoy the reading and the nap. Just have fun. Big hug. :)