Valdez Alaska is about a 6 1/2 hour drive from our cabin. A few summers ago, we drove down for a day trip just to get out of the house. We sat alongside the ocean watching otters, seals and sea lions swimming around. One sea lion took particular interest in my wife and kept swimming by her getting closer with every pass. She was sitting on the rocks by the ocean and the sea lion came really close, guessing about 15 to 20 feet away at the most.
My wife still talks about this day. We are hoping to go back this summer and see if we can experience this again.