But, I have to admit, a tad reluctantly, that I really did enjoy the scenery and wildlife. All things being equal, I'd have rather seen more birds, but seeing bears up close and whales and otters and more little rodent-y things for my Rodent-y Things list was fun too,(its up to 10 now).
Here are some photos from Alaska, including one bird, a Varied Thrush. I had a so-so look at one in California early in the year, but had never heard it call. It sounds like the whistle at a hockey game to stop play. I finally found one calling from high in a tree and got a photo.