by Maxine Davis
If you look at the ship’s excursions, you have a choice of many kinds of adventure. Our next outing was aboard a ship catching king crab and feeding eagles!
We boarded the Aleutian Ballad, which had actually fished the waters of the Bering Sea. The captain and the main deck hand had worked crab boats there, too, until refitting the Aleutian Ballad with rows of seats instead of rows of crab baskets. They agreed the living was much easier and more enjoyable.
We watched as they hauled aboard cages with huge fish inside. These would be used for bait and for food for bald eagles.
We slowed down as we came to an island where bald eagles’ nests were in the tops of trees. Some of these nests were over four feet wide and weighed over a hundred pounds. The eagles learned quickly that when the boat slowed, they could expect dinner of fresh fish thrown to them. We watched as they swooped, caught pieces of fish as they hit the water and carried them back to the next.
It wasn’t the Bering Sea, but some Indian waters where they were allowed to catch some king crab. I couldn’t believe when they allowed passengers to hold the crab and other ocean bounty. As for me, I was ready to hold whatever they handed me—sometimes having to gather a little more courage.
The captain and crew were great about posing for pictures and answering all questions. I think I have my Christmas card photo of hubby, me and the crew!
It was a fabulous trip. Alaska is one place that I would love to visit again!!