Tracy Fjord Cruise / Excursion (OMG...The Most Incredible Trip!!)
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As I figured, when the alarm went off, I wanted to chuck it out the window. Uuuuuugh. But I had to get up and moving because this was the day I was most excited about - the cruise through a fjord, see glaciers, icebergs, and wildlife! I hopped out of bed, got ready, and left…without Keith every skipping a snore! HA HA. I left a few minutes early and wandered down by the cruise ship dock where I saw several bald eagles perched on the rocks. Got the camera, aimed, and poof, they started to take off leaving me with a fuzzy wing picture! Thanks guys!
Well, headed down to the meeting point and it was a pretty quiet morning.
I was excited but nervous at the same time. This was once again, another first for me - first tour I’ve ever done alone! I really wanted to see the fjord and glaciers so nothing was going to stop me, even my fear of being alone! The boat arrived shortly thereafter and we were advised the tour was sold out so I figured I would get to know some people for sure now! HA HA.
I was one of the first on and staked out my window seat. It was a gorgeous morning and I was really excited about the trip. An older couple sat next to me who were there with several other couples and I really enjoyed talking with them and hearing about their trip so far. Turns out the wife was born and raised in
We quickly got on our way and thank heaven, they had coffee on the boat.
This tour was an all day adventure through the Tracy Arm Fjord arriving at Sawyer Glacier. The Tracy Arm Fjord boasts the biggest icebergs in all of
Seemed like we had not gone very far when the captain announces he’s spotted a pod of Orca whales.
Moving on a little further towards the fjord, the captain now announces he saw a humpback breach up ahead!! OMG, figures we can’t see it all the way in the back of the boat. We stop and watch the humpbacks for a bit and got a number of opportunities to photograph the tail but yeah again, only managed to get a couple. Lesson certainly learned!
As we now round the bend, the scenery instantly changes. We are now surrounded by the most breathtaking icebergs imaginable.
As we made our way into the fjord, we instantly began to see many waterfalls and the steep snow capped peaks of the glacier created rock walls. One of the best waterfalls we saw was called “
We continued along the fjord and I was snapping as many photos as possible, braving the chilly wind outside the back of the boat. It was worth it though as each mountain was so unique and different and you couldn’t truly appreciate that looking through the glass inside the boat.
We began to see more and more smaller icebergs as we continued up the fjord and off in the distance was the most beautiful glacier.
Unfortunately, there was just too much ice so we backed up and headed to another part of Sawyer Glacier. Along the way we saw more seals, beautiful icebergs, and gorgeous snow capped mountain peaks. I noticed that as we got closer to the glacier spots, the air temperature definitely changed some.
We arrived at the other part of Sawyer glacier which has relatively no pieces of ice floating in the sea.
The ride back was the opportunity to search for mountain goats however it was late so they would’ve made their way back up the mountain top, appearing as a small speck of snow if we did see them! One of the coolest things about this tour company and captain is the recent rescue of the baby mountain goat that was trapped on the hillside. The mother had given birth as the tour group passed by one day and eventually she fell in the water and died. They monitored the baby goat’s progress when it was deemed the goat needed rescuing.
After holding out hope for at least a glimpse of a mountain goat, I can hear we are approaching a waterfall again! This time, we got right on it as well and I watched one of the guys lean over the boat and stick his whole head in it...twice! LOL. He turned to all of us and began to shake, like a dog does after a bath....so needless to say, we all got to feel how cold the water was! I can't remember the name of these falls but the captain mentioned something about its ability to regrow hair or combat baldness, something along those lines. That is why the one passenger stuck his whole head in it...ha ha.
As we headed on, most people were dozing off.
As we pulled back into Juneau, we saw several cruise ships still docked and it looked like the street was bustling with activity. I was so exhausted at that point and just wanted to go back and relax before I went out with Keith and his friends again. I headed back towards town and grabbed a quick sandwich and planned to nap until it was time to take a shower. In the meantime, I got a phone call and the best offer ever......a friend invited me out to go halibut and salmon fishing!!! It meant I had to give up going out that night and go to sleep early but it was something I really wanted to do so I was all over it! Because we were planning on leaving so early in the AM, I opted to stay out closer to the bay area where we were leaving from rather than rely on a cab to get me there on time in the early morning.
After getting settled in, I managed to stay awake for a glass of wine and I was out....excited about upcoming fishing adventures! :D
**I know there are a lot of pictures on this blog entry, but we saw so many amazing things and the scenery and wanted to try and document everything as I figure I may never return and have the opportunity to see it again**