We kept thinking that this trip couldn't possibly get any better, but the boat trip out of Seward to Kenai Fjords National Park exceeded all expectations. The terrific weather had a great deal to do with that perception. We had blue sky all day with sparkling calm seas. The captains of the various boats remarked once we were back ashore that it had been the best day of the summer.
Our captain was Steve Fink, a graduate of Ocean View High School here in Huntington Beach. His parents still live here and his brother Dave teaches in Costa Mesa. Steve worked in Hawaii for a number of years, but once he found Alaska, he had found home. We can see why. The scenery in Alaska is even better than in Hawaii. For me, the cool Alaska summer temperatures make it a place I can enjoy. We experienced daytime August temperatures in the 60s, with nighttime lows in the 40s to 50s. Vic was bundled up in three to four layers of clothing most of the time, but I generally had on a T-shirt over jeans and a thin flannel shirt that I kept taking off because I was too warm.