Been there, done that, and here's the proof! travel blog

Denis on the rocks (note the boots we lived in)

200-year old ice cube

The kayaks await

Indie is our guide (blue hat)

Kayaking to the glacier

Cave in Lamplugh Glacier

What a view!

Denis on deck

Brave paddle boarders

Bow showing deck 2, lounge windows, hot tub, and deck 3

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Waterfall from glacier

Tuesday Aug 27; Sunshine! Followed by high clouds 60s

Eggs Benedict for breakfast (yummy!).

Our morning activity was a “Skiff & Walk” to Lamplugh Glacier. We disembarked and walked near (but not on) the glacier to see the waterfalls and ice blocks that the tide washed ashore. Parts of the glacier are covered with gray rock dust that makes it look dirty. Glaciers can melt from the inside (caused by cracks in the glacier) , and that is what is creating the waterfall in the video. There was a large block of clear ice sitting on shore that is estimated to be 200 years old!

We got back to the boat just in time for lunch and had to scurry out of our gear (rain pants, rain jacket, boots, hats, life jackets, all needed for the skiff ride) to get to the end of the line. Lunch included pulled pork, potato salad, and pineapple coleslaw. No time to linger though, our kayak trip leaves at 1:30.

In preparation for this trip, Denis and I took a 2-hour kayaking course through L. L. Bean, so excluding my bumbling getting in and out of the darn thing, kayaking was pretty easy and very exciting! I can’t believe we were kayaking in a fjord! We had to navigate our kayaks around ice floes, thankfully these are tandem kayaks and Denis is steering. We could hear the river of water rushing under the glacier. We came upon a cave in the glacier that had formed in the past week. That hole will collapse in a few days, wish we could be there to see it. We could hear the glacier cracking and calving, it sounded like cannons reverberating through the canyon. We could never capture the calving with a camera, it happens so fast.

Back on the boat, we enjoyed watching the brave paddle boarders. For most of the passengers, kayaking, skiffing, and paddle boarding is new. This surprised me, given that this is marketed as an “Active Adventure.” I thought most of the passengers would be 30-something sport enthusiasts. Instead the average passenger is retired or near that, and “always wanted to do this,” so we fit right in. And there is some sunshine, finally.

Ranger Andrea presented a slide show on her specialty, Glacier Bay National Park.

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