The Living Journey
From Yakutat Bay we sailed into Disenchantment Bay to approach the Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska (the tidewater edge is up to 400 feet /122 meters tall) – to reach the face of the glacier we sailed to the right of Haenke Island,
Once everyone was gathered together, we walked through the little village of Icy Strait Point to the dock where the whale watching boat was waiting.
The skies had cleared for our 30 minute trip to Point Adolphus where the humpbacks gather to feed in the summer.
As we hiked up from the beach of Mendenhall Lake, Mendenhall Glacier came into view
After we beached our canoes near the Lake Mendenhall tidewater entrance of the Mendenhall Glacier, we put on hard hats and packed up our ice spikes and headed out across the glacial moraine toward the retreating ice edge of the glacier.
This morning the wake-up call came very early – 5:30 for a 6:10 meet time. We took the tender into Haines and transferred to a high-speed ferry that whisked us across the sound to Skagway.
Once there, we waited a few minutes before boarding the refurbished railcars of the White Pass &
This morning we decided to take the tour to Mendenhall Glacier, the one locals refer to as the “drive up glacier” since it is so close to town. It is fed by the 1500 square mile Juneau Icefield, which is a remnant of the last ice age.
Cruising the Canadian Fjords
We spent two days cruising through the Canadian fjords on the west edge of British Columbia as we made our way up to Alaska. We passed hundreds of miles of pristine waterfront, but we didn’t pass much civilization,