Alaskan Adventure travel blog

Winding our way into Glacier Bay

"Milky" color of the glacial water

Chunks of ice floating in the Bay - must be getting close!

One of many glaciers creeping into Glacier Bay

Closer view of glacier and the mini-icebergs

Front edge of glacier

Iceberg showing dust and pollutants

Close up of leading edge of glacier

Smaller ships can get very close to glaciers

"Milky" glacial water as we cruise out of Glacier Bay

Our day cruising Glacier Bay was rainy and foggy so my photos are not the greatest, but the glaciers are terrific. We cruised into Glacier Bay and began to see small chunks of ice, then more chunks of ice and finally the glaciers themselves. There were events going on as usual onboard but I hung out on the deck for many hours snapping photos in the foggy mist.

There were two presentations during the afternoon of special interest. First was a presentation by a Park Ranger from Glacier National Park who told about the creation of Glacier Bay. Originally a glacier filling a 65 mile long fjord, the bay was formed, scraped out, by movement of the glacier about 250 years ago. There are still many glaciers slowing creeping into Glacier Bay which is part of a 3.3 million square mile World Heritage Site. She also indicated that this rainy, foggy day was an example of "glacier-making-weather"!

Then we heard from Alice, a leader of the Tlingit people. The native tribes are a matriarchal society so the title "Leader" is actually similar to Chief. Alice is a member of the Raven Clan of the Huna Tlingits from the coastal area and was extremely proud of that distinction. She indicated they are descended from the original Glacier Bay people. Her stories of her people and their relationahip with nature were fascinating. May these legends live long with the Glacier Bay people. Listening to Alice was a true highlight of my Alaskan trip.

By evening we sailed into the Gulf of Alaska on our way to Seward and Anchorage. The Gulf is actually the northern Pacific Ocean and the sea was much rougher. The ship began some serious rocking as we left the musical presentation by the String ensemble - the music was lovely but the ship's motion required grabbing the rail or the wall on the way back to the stateroom. Probably time to break out the Dramamine!

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