There are no trails. You make your own way along the sides of the might y tidewater glaciers. Explore. Look in awe at the size of that grizzly bear foot print that is as big as your toy poodle - or Lord forbid … cat! Maybe that was why you slept so lightly the night before? ;-\ We camped alone at Reid Inlet except for one other - a Japanese photojournalist. He had a nice Feathercraft folding single kayak - sorry Germany (Klepper) but Feathercraft of Vancouver, BC make the Worlds best and most elegant folders, bar none. He was there for the whole summer shooting roll after roll. Every once in awhile, he would make the three-day one-way journey back to the Glacier Bay Lodge to pick up more provisions for his extended stay.
Many people reach Glacier Bay National Park by flying into the nearby town of Gustavus, in which there is virtually nothing to delight a visitor. The airport is only a single runway, the terminal only a single room. The town is full of municipal buildings only. On the way to the park however is a little petroleum museum (Alaska's only) with old-fashioned pumps standing at one of the few intersections in town. Souvenirs, foods and other interesting tidbits can be found throughout.
One of the great things about doing a true wilderness trip is you get to see animals that are not acclimated to human beings. I was cooking meals in close proximity to sea gulls that would have me lose fingers at the Jersey shore but here, the birds paid no attention to me. Same with these oyster catchers, they did not associate me with food, so they left me alone. And that is why you should never feed wildlife, that way they don't get used to handouts.
I was patiently waiting for this bald eagle to fly away so I could get a good shot of it in flight. I had the tripod set up and the zoon all ready. I must have been there a half hour. Ina came walking up the beach and called my name. As I turned to tell her to be quiet, it made its exit. If birds can laugh, I'm sure this one chuckled as it flew away.
One of the best things was the curious seals that would pop up for a view of you after hearing the approaching paddling. Again, this was taken from shore, they were much closer when you were in the kayak.
Icebergs are perhaps even more amazing once on land than when view floating. As you can see, there is a lot of an iceberg below the water!
Starfish on beach at Bartlett Cove are just one of the extensive marine inhabitants of the beaches that you can observe at low tide.
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