The past couple of weeks were spent in Seattle and Alaska with my family. Both trips were perfect and they were the first full family vacation we’ve taken together in quite sometime. I am blessed in that I love spending time with my parents, sisters and their significant others – therefore when we all get together it is an absolute joy. A bonus to this trip is that an aunt and uncle were able to join as well. We were together on the cruise ship for over a week and we created a lot of wonderful memories in that time – going through the pictures makes me so happy that we were all able to make it happen. Life sometimes gets in the way but we all made sacrifices to come together.
One of the highlights of the trip was the day that we spent in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Margerie Glacier was the highlight of the national park. At one-mile wide, 350 feet high (only 250 feet jut out of the water I believe) and 21 miles inland it is one of the largest glaciers in Alaska and certainly one of the most accessible for cruise ship which spend time trolling out here in the summer months listening to the ‘white thunder’ (the sound when a large piece of the glacier falls into the bay below it). We witnessed many instances of ‘white thunder’ while we were there but it is good to know that this glacier is actually stable and come the winter it will regain much of the length/depth that it loses in the warmer summer months. There are also glaciers in the park that are in stages of advance so unlike a place like Glacier National Park in Montana where the glaciers are disappearing because of climate change the glaciers in this national park seem to be in pretty good shape for long-term viewing.
Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska
The above photo shows the broad look of Margerie Glacier and it is really hard to transcribe the size and shape of the glacier through a photograph because the cruise ship was relatively far away. Therefore, I took several pictures at varying compositions – the one below shows more of the detail – in order to try and capture the magic visually.
The next few weeks I’m going to be pretty busy with work and travel (Banff/Jasper, New York City and California) but I’ll be trying to get to some more of these photos for the website. It really was a nice trip and we were fortunate to be blessed with above average weather for this time of year.