Monday, July 11, 2016

July 10

Today we took the 8 hour boat tour of Glacier Bay.  It was Great!!!

There were initially about 50 people (lots of room) and we picked up 21 kayakers along the way.  We saw a dozen humpback whales fairly close and at least another dozen blow hole spouts at a distance.  We were extremely lucky in that we saw two pairs of Orcas real close to the boat.  We saw dozens of seals on a couple different rock areas sunning themselves.  We also saw 3 Brown Bears, 4 Mountain Goats and several dozen Sea Otters.  We also saw hundreds of birds to include Puffins, Artic Terns, Cormorants, Gulls, Bald Eagles, etc.

We took off from the visitor center at Glacier Bay and traveled to the Northern most finger, Tarr Inlet, to park along side Margerie Tidal Glacier.

  We stayed there for about 30 minutes and during that time, we heard several of the classic "gunshot" noises that are heard before the glacier calves.  We did not see the "National Geographic" type calving, but we did see several large pieces fall off, making big splashes.

We are now experiencing one of our poorer planning phases of the trip.  We flew back from Glacier Bay to Juneau today at 6 pm and will not leave Juneau until 4 am tomorrow on the ferry.......  with all our spare time we went to a movie with all our luggage in tow.  We got another cab to get us to the ferry terminal and with any luck, we will only have another 5 hours to kill.

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