|Holland America's Westerdam|
arriving Seattle early morning, August 13th
This is the ship we're taking to see the glaciers.
|Lots of happy cruisers waiting to "embark" ... fancy word for|
board the ship. August 27th, 2016.
|John relaxing on deck. The ship prints a little daily news|
provided by the New York Times.
|Approaching the glacier area.|
|Rangers from Glacier Bay National Park preparing to board|
our ship. The Rangers go the extra mile(s) to greet their visitors!
There are no roads to or in this National Park!
|A few brave soles out on deck as we arrive in Glacier Bay.|
It is quite chilly and a bit windy to boot.
|A National Park Ranger tells us what to expect from our visit.|
|The day is cloudy but the Ranger says the visibility is excellent and|
we are lucky as there are some days with fog.
|Starting to see the glaciers up on the mountain tops.|
|We are headed to Margarie Glacier. It's just to the right of|
center in this photo.
|Folks gather on decks to start taking a million photos.|
We are doing the same. Someone called us a
|Here we are at Margarie Glacier. This is the goal. We will stay|
here for about 45 minutes. Plenty of time for photos and reflection.
This is a pano put together from several shots.
Height of ice from water to top about 250 feet.
|Another close up|
|A screen capture from Google Earth to show you|
the SCALE of things here. The cruise ship that happens
to be in the image could just as well have been ours.
|Another glacier in retreat.|
|A different "tidewater" glacier near Margarie.|
|We are amazed at the solid rock wall carved by ice.|
|This glacier had experienced a land-slide on it's right side.|
|Leaving Glacier Bay.|
|As we leave most folks are inside enjoying a hot chocolate or|
other refreshing beverage. :-)
|Later in the afternoon the skies cleared a bit.|
Needless to say, when the sky clears up here it is as blue as can be!
|Last look back at the mountains on this day.|
|It looked like a great sunset in the works.|
|Classic "at sea" sunset!|