Jen and I have talked for years about going to the Eagle Festival in Haines. There are 3,000 to 4,000 eagles that congregate on the Chilkat river to feed on a late run of chum salmon. We didn't make it to the festival, but the weekend after had clear weather in the forecast, so we jumped on the early plane (6AM departure) to Juneau and then stood by at Wings for their flight to Haines.
Here are some photos Jen took--keep in mind she is very disappointed with the quality of photos after being uploaded to the blog. We are working on a new Sound Sailing website where she is going to keep a page to display some high resolution photos.
It was a fantastic day for flying--we could see all of the Coastal range to our right and the Fairweather range was clear to the left. We had considered taking the boat, but as I watched the 40 kt winds blowing spray off the combers in Lynn Canal below us, I was happy we had decided to fly!
On the ground at the Haines International Airport.
Beautiful downtown Haines, looking out over Lynn Canal.
The sun shining through the mist hanging over the river valley.
There were more photographers around than eagles!
Taking a break between bites.
We loved this trip to Haines. The 30-minute flight from Juneau in the Caravan made it worthwhile on its own! The snow-covered mountains were beautiful and we did get to see a few eagles. With food, lodging, and car rental, I've calculated our cost at about $50/eagle, so it's a good thing we get to see all the eagles we want at home!