Hi Karen - It's great to digimeet - yes, that's a new term I've coined for meeting people online. By any chance, are you "Budget Queen" from another cruiser site? The reason I ask, is because another woman had posted something to me and also said similar things, including "gems" ( which by the way I spelled JEM in elementary and lost out at the spelling bee) and "Hello Koo". My full name in Tlingit is actually Koo Hook - I know that as westerners we've become accustomed to first and last names, but in Tlingit culture, MANY things are different. So Koo Hook will be sufficient, thanks.
As far as whale watching---truly some of the more adventurous whale watching in Southeast. I speak from experience because I've been a naturalist aboard smaller cruiselines and we've gone just about EVERYWHERE in Southeast Alaska, and Icy Strait was always the favorite, and most active. It's teeming with life, and you never really know what you're going to get. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about some of the things I've seen there. Again, I've lived here all of my life, and have watched these whales out of my kitchen window for the entirety of my life, and it NEVER gets old. So whalewatching is most definatly TOP NOTCH here.....despite what Juneau may claim.
The remote bush exploration and brown bear search has also broughten favorable comments from our honored guests. I for one don't like "searching" for bears as a past time, because these guys are SCARY! They frequent the community quite often, and pretty much everyone will try and remain inside. However, the stations Icy Strait Point developed for Spasski River Valley are in very secure locations, with bear safety officers scouting the area.
Gosh, I can go on and on about the different things to do.....maybe when I get some more questions along these lines, I can discuss more. Anyhow Karen, it was great to digimeet, and hopefully we'll get to meet when you arrive at Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, ALASKA!!!!!
GUNALCHEESH (Thank you)