Glacier Bay

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Early morning entering Glacier Bay.

Awake at just after six this morning and watched the small vessel pull up to our cruise ship and the National Park Rangers came aboard.  They would be giving lectures and narrations much of the day while we were sailing into and around Glacier Bay. 

We had an early breakfast in the dining room. They called it a Mexican omelet but there was no spice, just greasy ground beef and very stringy cheese (I’m not a big cheese fan).  Then time to bundle up as much as possible to get back on deck for pictures of the glaciers.

We get to see Margerie and Johns Hopkins Glaciers here and even witnessed some calving, where huge pieces of ice crack off the glacier and fall into the bay.

  But Johns Hopkins Glacier is one of a very few in the world that is actually growing.  This one adds about 15 feet per day!   We watched some really spectacular scenery but had to get back inside a few times to warm up.  Although the weather was fairly clear with spotty clouds, the wind was strong if the ship was moving so even though the temperature was near 50 F., it felt much colder.  They served lots of hot chocolate up on the top decks today!

I took a ton of pictures today and enjoyed so much getting to see glaciers up close and personal.  Are they blue?  Yes, and especially if the sun is not directly on them.  I know you are going to say that I photoshopped the pictures I took and to be honest, yes, some of them I did, to bring the colors up just a tad.  But some of the shots turned out so amazing that the lighting looked very unreal.

  A couple actually looked like the sun was shining down through a very small but perfect area.

We saw two other ships today.  One was another large cruise ship headed southbound and the other was a small sailboat that came into Glacier Bay under power rather than sail.  He got in much closer than we did to the glaciers.  We also got to see plenty of waterfalls.

Tonight is the second formal night and the dining room menu looks good so we dressed for dinner.  Lobster and jumbo prawns made for a wonderful meal.  You could order more than one plate if you desired, but no one at our table did.  You were served one lobster tail, which the waiters quickly and politely removed from the shell after they were served, and three huge shrimps.  My wife loves lobster so I traded her one of her shrimps for my lobster.  After dinner we listened to jazz again in the Bayou Cafe lounge.

 

ejames01 says:
Nice pictures!!
Posted on: Oct 04, 2009
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Early morning entering Glacier Bay.
Early morning entering Glacier Bay.
Lots of great scenery.
Lots of great scenery.
My first look at a glacier!!!
My first look at a glacier!!!
Zoomed in on my first glacier.
Zoomed in on my first glacier.
Looking deeper into the bay.
Looking deeper into the bay.
Up on the side were more glaciers.
Up on the side were more glaciers.
Waterfalls were all over the place.
Waterfalls were all over the place.
Some waterfalls were very pretty.
Some waterfalls were very pretty.
Look at the layering in this glaci…
Look at the layering in this glac…
As the clouds rolled over the blue…
As the clouds rolled over the blu…
Large pieces in the bay were all t…
Large pieces in the bay were all …
You can see from the splashes on t…
You can see from the splashes on …
Another late shot of the calving.
Another late shot of the calving.
In this shot you can see a large h…
In this shot you can see a large …
Here is has fallen completely into…
Here is has fallen completely int…
And here is is beginning a wave ou…
And here is is beginning a wave o…
The ultra blue is from the plexigl…
The ultra blue is from the plexig…
These shots looked like late after…
These shots looked like late afte…
The nearby mountains had snow and …
The nearby mountains had snow and…
Another large cruise ship comes in…
Another large cruise ship comes i…
This photo and the next two needed…
This photo and the next two neede…
This small sailboat was also cruis…
This small sailboat was also crui…
We saw several seals in the waters…
We saw several seals in the water…
Many of the small black things in …
Many of the small black things in…
Dan you see about a dozen seals?
Dan you see about a dozen seals?
Judy relaxed and read a book part …
Judy relaxed and read a book part…
Late in the day it got very cloudy…
Late in the day it got very cloud…
And a few clouds dropped right dow…
And a few clouds dropped right do…
This was our waiter in the Bayou C…
This was our waiter in the Bayou …
We sat and listened to the jazz ne…
We sat and listened to the jazz n…
The Georgetown Trio.
The Georgetown Trio.
Joy Ellis, singer and piano player.
Joy Ellis, singer and piano player.
Adam Osmianski, drummer
Adam Osmianski, drummer
And a great standup bass player.
And a great standup bass player.
I thought she looked like our memb…
I thought she looked like our mem…
They played great old jazz tunes.
They played great old jazz tunes.
Glacier Bay
photo by: jcaunedo