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April 27-28 - HUBBARD GLACIER AND GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK,

rain 40 °F
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With US Park Rangers and Alaskan pilots onboard, we began our two days of glacier viewing.

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We are the first cruise ship of the season – and the beautiful snow-capped peaks are our reward!

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We slowly maneuvered as close as possible to Hubbard Glacier, past small icebergs and “bergy bits”. Hubbard Glacier is North America’s largest tidewater glacier (one which reaches the sea) – seventy-five miles long and covering over 1,350 square miles in area.

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We are 1 ½ miles away from this 300 ft. wall of ice, just hanging out, listening to the cracks and booms …..

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…….as chunks of ice break away and fall into the sea (the camera zoomed in on this one).

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Stellar sea lions hauled themselves out of the sea to rest.

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Sea birds catch a ride looking for the next meal.

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It’s brisk out, but we can finally use all those cold weather clothes we brought!

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The next day we entered Glacier Bay. Crew members were out taking selfies with the snowy mountains to send home.

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Glacier Bay is part of a 25-million-acre World Heritage Site. Not unusual for the area, today was rainy as we viewed Margerie Glacier.

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We attempted to also see Johns Hopkins Glacier, but the Captain could get no closer than 12 miles because of ice.

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Our rangers climbed down a rope ladder to their boat and headed back to their home base at Gustavus.

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Meanwhile, the sun came out as we left the glaciers behind us and the Captain steered our course on to Skagway.

Posted by Swenigale 19:05 Archived in USA

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