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Glacier Bay National Park

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[Kayaking in Glacier Bay]

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Glacier Bay is a vast Y-shaped fjord on the Southeast coast of Alaska, sheltered from the ocean by the Fairweather range. Only two hundred years ago, when Captain George Vancouver sailed by its mouth, the bay was a solid sheet of nearly a mile of ice. One century later, the glaciers had shrunk back 65 miles, the fastest glacier retreat on record. To travel up the bay is to retrace the path of glacial retreat, from the lush mature spruce and hemlock rain forest near the visitor center at Bartlett cove, to the more thinly vegetated areas more recently de-glaciated, and eventually the glaciers which calve icebergs into the water with a sound described by the Tlingit Indians as "white thunder".

With no road access, the park is a marine wilderness which can be explored only by water travel. While most visitors experience the park through the deck of a cruise ship or tour boat, in May 2001 Arnd Pralle and I set up to kayak for nearly two weeks so that we could experience the vastness of the bay through a low waterline, observe closely wildlife thanks to a quiet vessel, cross narrow channels and iceberg-chocked passageways not accessible to boats, paddle and land as close to the glaciers as possible, and camp on isolated beaches. Despite the wet weather, huge tides and currents, ice-cold waters, we came to appreciate why the Bay is considered by many to be among the finest sea-kayaking grounds in the world. Using the park water shuttle system to get our double kayak closer to our destinations, we were able to explore the intensely wild world of the tranquil Muir Inlet, closed to cruise boats, and then the spectacular West arm, up to the John Hopkins inlet. See also the pictures of kayaking and camping in Glacier Bay.

In June 2006, I was graciously invited by Dayton Duncan to spend a few days in the Bay on Mike's Negro boat "The Kahsteen", with the crew of Florentine film. In that short period of time, I saw more glaciers and sunshine than during my whole previous exploration, and enjoyed gourmet meals by Megan. I didn't have to even pack a water bottle.

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Pond in Rainforest, Bartlett cove. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Green Island in blue seascape. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Blue scenery of water and mountains at dusk. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Full moon, 1am, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Transluscent iceberg at dawn. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Blue iceberg, Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Landscape with beached icebergs. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Mc Bride glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and reflections, West arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Pointed peaks of Fairweather range emerging from clouds. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Coastal mountains with glacier dropping into icy fjord. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Beach with seaweed exposed at low tide in Reid Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Iceberg and blue ice cave at the base of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Dwarf fireweed, Lamplugh glacier, and Mt Cooper. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lupine, Lamplugh glacier, and turquoise bay waters. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice face of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lamplugh glacier and Mt Cooper, late afternoon. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Beach, translucent iceberg, Lamplugh Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Snowy mountains and icy fjord seen from high point, West Arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Margerie Glacier reflected in Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Blue ice on the tidewater terminus of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Fairweather and Margerie Glacier, sunrise. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Last sunrays catched by the moraine-covered face of Grand Pacific Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Forde, Margerie Glacier, Mount Eliza, Grand Pacific Glacier, at sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Tarr Inlet and icebergs with the last light of sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Moss, dwarf fireweed, and rock. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Grizzly bear on rocks by the water. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Woman cooking eggs aboard small tour boat, with glacier in view. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Aerial view of Sitakaday Narrows, late afternoon. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Aerial view of Glacier Bay entrance. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mosses and trees in rainforest, Bartlett Cove. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Trunks in rainforest pond, Bartlett Cove. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Pond in rainforest, Bartlett Cove. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Tree carved by native Tlingit indians, Bartlett Cove. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Temperate rainforest scenery. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Rainforest pond. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Fallen logs in pond. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Drake and Francis Islands. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Drake Island and Francis Island. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Tidal flats, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Rocks covered with mussels at low tide, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Shore with seaweed uncovered by low tide. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Icebergs near Mc Bride glacier, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Translucent iceberg near Mc Bride glacier, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Translucent Iceberg near Mc Bride glacier, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Beached translucent iceberg and Muir inlet at dawn. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs near Mc Bride glacier, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mud flats near Mc Bride glacier, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mud flats above White Thunder ridge, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and mud flats near Mc Bride glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and algae-covered rocks, Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Beached icebergs and McBride Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs, McBride Inlet, and McBride Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mc Bride glacier, Muir inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mc Bride glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Glacier front and inlet. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Coastal scenery with icebergs and tidewater glacier. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Glacial scenery with icebergs and glacier. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Blue beached icebergs. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Tidal flat with icebergs in the distance. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Blue iceberg, Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Blue icebergs beached near Mc Bride Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Iceberg, Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Reflections in Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Iceberg, Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice and sunset reflections, Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice and reflections, Mc Bride inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Accross the West arm from near Scidmore bay. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Charpentier inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Peaks and low rain clouds. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) West Arm, sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Moss-covered rocks in fjord. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Fjord landscape with mountains rising above inlet. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Snowy mountains rising above water. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Storm clouds over the bay, West Arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Stream and West arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Snowy peaks and clouds raising above turquoise waters in sunny weather. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lupine, Lamplugh glacier, and the Bay seen from a high point. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lamplugh glacier and Mt Cooper. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice-choked waters, West arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) West arm seen from the entrance of John Hopkins inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice-chocked waters in John Hopkins inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and waterfalls, West arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Snowy slopes reflected in ice-chocked waters. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Marine scenery with snowy mountains and ice. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Snowy mountains rising above fjord. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Fjord landscape with mountains and glaciers. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) John Hopkins inlet with floating ice in late May. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Dwarf plants and John Hopkins inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mt Parker reflected in West arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Beach and Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Stranded icebergs on beach and Reid Glacier terminus. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Seaweed close-up. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Close-up of seaweed. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Crevasses and seracs of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Reid Inlet and Reid Glacier terminus. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Reid Inlet and Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice wall detail, Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Iceberg and ice cave at the base of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and blue ice at the base of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Cooper and Lamplugh Glacier, reflected in rippled waters of West Arm, morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Translucent icebergs at the base of Lamplugh Glacier, morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lamplugh glacier and Mt Cooper. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lamplugh tidewater glacier and Mt Cooper. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lamplugh glacier and Mt Cooper. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Face of Lamplugh Glacier illuminated by the sun on cloudy day. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Kayaker dwarfed by Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Glacier terminus. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Beach iceberg and tidewater glacier front. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Ice wall. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Ice cave at the base of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Sea birds at the base of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Rock ledge with dwarf fireweed, Lamplugh glacier, and Mt Cooper. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lupine, Lamplugh glacier, and West Arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Lamplugh glacier and turquoise bay waters. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Iceberg and ice face of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Tidewater ice front of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Front of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Wide face of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Seracs on the face of Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Seracs on the face of Lamplugh glacier and Mount Cooper. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mt Cooper and Lamplugh glacier, late afternoon. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Fairweather, Margerie Glacier, Mount Forde, and Tarr Inlet, early morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Terminal front of Margerie Glacier with blue ice. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice colored by black moraining debris on the front of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Margerie Glacier flowing from Mount Fairweather into Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Face of Margerie Glacier on a sunny morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) View looking out Tarr Inlet in the morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and reflections in Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and Grand Pacific Glacier under low clouds. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Waterfall, Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ice-chocked cove in Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Grand Pacific Glacier glowing the the late afternoon light. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Slopes at the base of Mount Barnard illuminated by a late ray of sun. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs in Tarr Inlet, sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and spot of sunlight on slopes around Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Sunset light falling on the base of the peaks around Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Eliza and Tarr Inlet under clouds at sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Margerie Glacier, Mount Eliza and Tarr Inlet at sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Ripples and icebergs at sunset, Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and ripples at sunset, Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Forde, Margerie Glacier, Mount Eliza, Grand Pacific Glacier, and Tarr Inlet, cloudy sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and last light on mountain, Tarr Inlet, sunset. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Fireweed close-up. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Fireweed and boulders. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Moss, dwarf fireweed, and rocks. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Front of Margerie Glacier against dark mountainside. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Blue ice on the face of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Iceberg, seabirds, and front of Margerie Glacier with black ice. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Face of Margerie Glacier with black ice. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs, Margerie Glacier, and fog. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Margerie Glacier and foggy mountains surrounding Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icerberg at the base of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Front of Margerie Glacier in foggy weather. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Icebergs and blue ice face of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Stream flowing into Tarr Inlet, and Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Terminus face of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Stream flowing into Tarr Inlet, with Margerie Glacier in background. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Fairweather and Margerie Glacier seen across the Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Margerie Glacier flowing from Mount Fairweather into the Tarr Inlet, sunrise. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Mount Fairweather, Margerie Glacier, Mount Forde, and cove. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Golden reflections and blue ice of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Dwarf fireweed, with Mount Fairweather and Margerie Glacier across bay. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Iceberg, wide front of Margerie Glacier and Fairweather range. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Margerie Glacier flows from Mount Fairweather, early morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Margerie Glacier and Fairweather range. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Front of Margerie Glacier and Fairweather range. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Wide front of Margerie Glacier and Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Snowy mountains of Fairweather range and West Arm, morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) The Fairweather range, West arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Snow-covered Fairweather mountains. Glacier Bay National Park (Panoramic color) Dark ridge and cloud shrouded peaks, West Arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Rocky ridge and snowy peaks, West Arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Peaks of Fairweather range with clearing clouds. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Fairweather range with clearing clouds. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Fairweather range and reflections. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Rugged peaks of Fairweather range rising abruptly above the Bay. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Pointed mountain with clouds hanging below. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Tidewater glacier, West Arm. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Topeka Glacier, peak and clouds, late afternoon. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Topeka Glacier, late afternoon. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Bald eagle. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Blad eagle perched on tree branch. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Grizzly bear on beach. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Black bear digging for clams. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Grizzly bear and boulders by the water. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Seal hauled out on iceberg. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cruise ship and snowy peaks. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cruise vessel in blue seascape. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cruise boat in Tarr Inlet next to Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cruise ship and Margerie Glacier at the base of Mt Forde. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cruise ship, Margerie Glacier, and Mt Forde. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cruise ship stopping next to Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cruise ship dwarfed by the face of Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Small tour boat dwarfed by Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Small boat at the head of Tarr Inlet, early morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Small boat in Tarr Inlet, early morning. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Breakfast potatoes in a small boat moored in front of glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Captain guiding boat near Lamplugh glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Captain sitting at the wheel. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Captain steering boat with navigation instruments. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Chef cooking aboard small boat. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Chef preparing sadad in the main cabin of the Kahsteen. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Woman preparing a breakfast aboard small tour boat. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Woman cooking eggs aboard small tour boat, with glacier outside. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Woman prepares breakfast eggs aboard small tour boat, with glacier in view. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Appetizer served in the main cabin of the Kahsteen. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Film crew working on the bow of a small boat. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Man sitting at the bow of a small boat. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Team begins filming a movie sequence. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Crew filming from the deck of a boat. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Film producer taking notes as crew films. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Movie producer taking notes as crew films. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Film crew preparing for landing in a Zodiac. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Film crew carrying a motion picture camera down rocky slopes. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Film crew lands near Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cameraman filming in Tarr Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Film crew met by a skiff after shore excursion. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Film crew embarking on a skiff after shore excursion. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Skiff and tour boat in Reid Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Hiker on a hill below Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Hiker looking at ice wall at the terminus of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Hiker looking at ice wall at the front of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) People at the base of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) People at the base of the Reid Glacier terminus. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cameraman standing in water with camera and tripod filming Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Cameraman standing in water at the base of Reid Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Man in silhouette looking at Tarr Inlet, Fairweather range and Margerie Glacier. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Photographer perched on boat in Reid Inlet. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Photographer perched on boat with Reid Glacier behind. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Passengers eating a soup for lunch. Glacier Bay National Park ( color) Captain steering boat using navigation instruments. Glacier Bay National Park ( color)
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