Mon Aug 26, Rain. Fog. Clouds. Did I mention rain?
Today the boat traveled to Bartlett Cove to pick up Ranger Andrea at Glacier Bay Lodge. She will stay on board with us for several days as a resorce to us and will give a lecture or two.
Whenever we leave the boat, whether to go kayaking or go ashore, we have to move our magnets to the "ashore" column on the right. When we return, we move our magnets back to the left column. This is how the crew keeps track of us.
While docked, several of us took a hike on one of the lodge’s nature trails, guided by Sarah. The guides are so knowledgeable! Of course we called, “hey bear, hey bear” as we hiked. More mushrooms and lichens, they are as pretty as flowers. The main trees here are birch, Sitka spruce, and Western hemlock. Most of the trees have some kind of lichen growing on them. Lichen does not hurt the tree.
Glaciers don’t always appear to be pristine white. Depending on the light, a glacier can look blue or green. And they can be dirty, like old snow piles in a Rochester parking lot. That is caused by falling rock from the surrounding mountains. When we see a glacier from the water, we are seeing only the face of it, glaciers are very, very deep when viewed from above.
After lunch Denis took a tour of the bridge and all the gadgets the captain gets to play with. Then our boat headed north to Margerie Glacier, located at the deep end of Glacier Bay.