Entering Glacier Bay

 

On our second morning, we moved into Glacier Bay National Park. This park comprises over half a million acres and contains 15 tidewater glaciers. No roads lead to the park; it is reached entirely by air and boat. Only two cruise ships are permitted in the park each day to minimize the impact on wildlife. Despite this, 400,000 tourists visit the park every year. The park teems with wildlife, and as we entered it's deep fjord, we saw humpbacks, orcas, dolphins seals, and using the telescope, a mountain goat. Bears are plentiful, but we did not see one.

Glacier Rob and Kathi

The Captain opened up the foredeck for us to enjoy an unrestricted view of over 180 degrees. Here Rob and Kathi pose with Mt. Fairweather in the background, at 15,300', the tallest mountain in the park and nearly 1,000' taller than Mt. Rainier.

 

Ed and Dorothy in Glacier Park

Dorothy appropriately attired for the environment.

 

Humpback whale.

The whales are hard to photograph because one has little time to catch the shot. Tony caught this humpback nicely, as he swam diagonally across the ship's path.

 

Glacier Ice

Floating ice from the glacier's continual calving was large enough at the back of the fjords for the ship to avoid it. The debris scoured from the valley floor is evident as black residue on the left side of this glacier.

 

More glacier ice

The ship moved slowly through the ice.

 

 

Sylvia enjoying the glaciers.

Sylvia demonstrates the way glaciers are meant to be watched.

 

Viewing the glacier from the Crow's Nest Lounge.

This Crow's Nest Lounge is at the very top of the ship, making clear how much taller than the ship the glaciers are.

 

Bow Waves as we leave Glacier Bay.

As we leave Glacier Bay, our bow waves march away in a flat sea.

 

Dinner at sunset.

As we ate dinner, we looked back at the Takhinsha Mountains, shrouded in sunset.