Trip to Tracey Arm

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7,000 foot high glacier scarred rock

As we awoke to the pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof we prepared to take a trip to Tracey Arm Fjord south of Juneau.  By the time we had eaten breakfast; the rain had stopped and would stay away the rest of the day.  We boarded the Adventure Bound in downtown Juneau and headed out.  It took at least two and a half hours just to get to the entrance to Tracey Arm.  Along the way we watched for eagles, whales and scenic vistas.   We passed numerous eagles along the shoreline perched in the trees and several whales spouted in the distance and the vistas were to be found in Tracey Arm. 

As we entered Tracey Arm and made our way to South Sawyer Glacier we started passing many icebergs, most of them small but several of them quite large.  As we neared the glacier the icebergs became too plentiful to get close, so we viewed the glacier from afar.  However, dotting the icebergs were numerous mother-pup pairs of harbor seals.  They were really cute.

From South Sawyer Glacier we moved on to Sawyer Glacier which was just about completely free of ice.  We got very close to this one and patiently waited for something to happen.  It didn’t take long for the glacier to start to calve.  On side had left over snow which was falling and shortly thereafter the area of the glacier next to the snow started to calve.  Small chucks fell at first and then large quantities of ice fell.  With the boat engines stopped the falling ice made a very loud sound. 

Finally it was time for the long trip back to Juneau.  We move quickly for a while until coming upon an iceberg which was a perch for several eagles.  Farther toward Juneau, we spent about a half hour pacing about 6 humpback whale swimming in the area. 

After 10 hours we returned to Juneau tired but pleased with what we had seen. 

Tomorrow will be a slower day.

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7,000 foot high glacier scarred ro…
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At South Sawyer Glacier
At South Sawyer Glacier
Blue glacier ice
Blue glacier ice
Calving glacier
Calving glacier
Nearby whale tail
Nearby whale tail
Eagle sitting on a glacier
Eagle sitting on a glacier
Waterfall background
Waterfall background
He looks like the Lone Ranger
He looks like the Lone Ranger
Mom and baby seals
Mom and baby seals
Murres
Murres
Sawyer Glacier
Sawyer Glacier
Whale tail
Whale tail
South Sawyer Glacier
South Sawyer Glacier
Ice berg reflections
Ice berg reflections
Humpback whale
Humpback whale
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photo by: amudha_colaco