4.27.16 - 4.28.16 40 °F
With US Park Rangers and Alaskan pilots onboard, we began our two days of glacier viewing.
We are the first cruise ship of the season – and the beautiful snow-capped peaks are our reward!
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.
We are 1 ½ miles away from this 300 ft. wall of ice, just hanging out, listening to the cracks and booms …..
…….as chunks of ice break away and fall into the sea (the camera zoomed in on this one).
Stellar sea lions hauled themselves out of the sea to rest.
Sea birds catch a ride looking for the next meal.
It’s brisk out, but we can finally use all those cold weather clothes we brought!
The next day we entered Glacier Bay. Crew members were out taking selfies with the snowy mountains to send home.
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.
We attempted to also see Johns Hopkins Glacier, but the Captain could get no closer than 12 miles because of ice.
Our rangers climbed down a rope ladder to their boat and headed back to their home base at Gustavus.
Meanwhile, the sun came out as we left the glaciers behind us and the Captain steered our course on to Skagway.