Wow! My words for Glacier Bay are going to be inadequate. We cruised into this special place in the morning and a few of the park rangers joined us on board for the day to share with us information about this fascinating place. Only 2 cruise ships per day are allowed in to tour the waters and observe the tidewater glaciers here. If you would like to get the lay of the land for what you can see from a cruise ship, check out the map they provide at the park’s website here. We spent quite a bit of time at the Margerie Glacier. I found out the a glacier that meets the sea is called a tidewater glacier. This is different than the MANY hanging glaciers we saw throughout the trip that were up in the mountains. We spent time just pivoting in this section of the bay and the captain opened up the fore deck so we could get a better look and listen. We could hear the glacier “calving” which is what it is called when big sections of the ice break off and drop into the sea. It is really hard to get any sense of scale here because everything is just so BIG. On our to-do list for a return trip is an up-close boat ride to a tidal glacier to experience this beauty up-close! The Margerie Glacier in these pictures and videos is a mile wide where it hits the water and well over 200 feet tall! If you watch the videos, you can see some calving–we could hear it loud and clear at our distance–it sounded like a gunshot! Those “little” pieces of ice in the pictures–turns out they are bigger than commercial fishing boats once we saw them side by side.
At the end of our cruise around the bay, our naturalists had to leave us. Their commute home is a bit unusual!
Back at sea and heading to the land portion of our journey. But first–supper!