Glacier Bay National Park and...
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
It is hard to imagine that the shorelines we cruised along in Glacier Bay were completely covered in ice just 200 years ago. Catain G. Vancouver discovered Icy Strait choked with ice in 1784 and then Glacier Bay was a barely indented glacier. It was more than 4,000 feet thick and about 20 miles wide. It also extended more than 100 miles to the St. Elias Mountain range. By 1879 John Muir (a naturalist) found that the ice had retreated 48 miles up the bay. The park includes 16 tidewater glaciers with 12 of them actively calving into the bay and we were lucky enough it see that. It is a fantastic sight, huge blocks of ice break loose and crash into the water.
Mind how you go
On my excursion hiking around the Tongass Forest, watch your step. The ground can be soft and muddy all around. If you hike, it's just common sense to watch out for things like this.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park
somehow all Alaska is 'Off the...
somehow all Alaska is 'Off the beaten path' - but this part of Alaska is even more 'OFF...'. No roads or cable-cars are leading to these wonderful mountains
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