Glaciers Ahoy!

Deciding that Glacier Bay was a “must-see” was definitely one of the smartest decisions we made pre-boarding. We sailed all day Tuesday through soaring mountain ranges and massive slow-moving snow packs. Huddled on the decks in a sea of black North Face jackets (the locals appeared totally comfortable in T-shirts) we sipped Pinot Noir, munched on bread and cheese, and gaped at the magnificent scenery unfolding on every side of the boat. My pictures cannot do it justice, this is truly a humbling sight you have to see for yourself. Hearing the boom! of ice crumbling off 100 foot glaciers and tumbling into the sea sent chills up my spine and despite the freezing air, it was impossible to tear my gaze away and go inside. My sinuses would hate me for this later but it was worth it!

After awhile the ship moved away from the glaciers moved into a broader expanse of water. I was amazed at the tropical colored water – a brilliant turquoise studded with pure white chunks of snow. After a big lunch I settled onto a deck chair to soak up the sun and admire the beauty of our surroundings. A hushed silence settled over the decks as people meandered around taking pictures and enjoying what was surely one of the most impressive sights of the trip.

Tea that afternoon was served in the Vista Lounge (the ship’s upscale restaurant). The water twinkled just below the windows and the sunlight streamed across our table, melting the butter on our scones. It was one of those days that make you pinch yourself just to make sure you aren’t dreaming :).

This glacier moves at a rate of 7 feet per day. We got close enough to see silt striations in the ice.
This glacier moves at a rate of 7 feet per day. We got close enough to see silt striations in the ice.
View from the back of the ship.
View from the back of the ship.
Tea time!
Tea time!
A sampling of the sweets.
A sampling of the sweets.

Despite the fact that the ship’s demographic was 90% retirees, we met many awesome people. It’s amazing how much fun you can pack into one week with the right crowd :). That night we made the rounds – the Blues show, the Piano Bar, the dance club…. then hung out with our new friends until the wee hours trying to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

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