Our first paddle in Glacier Bay was in Tidal Inlet surrounded by high mountains. After the paddle, we boarded the Home Shore
and on our way out we met a grizzly feeding on sea life at low tide. He was quite intent and totally ignored our presence.
Our second day in Glacier Bay was the highlight
of the trip. That morning we, and two other
converted fishing boats similar to our mother
ship, wound our way up to the northern tip of
Glacier Bay to view Grand Pacific Glacier. The
park permits two cruise ships a day to enter
Glacier Bay for a few brief hours, so we arrived
early to enjoy the piece and solitude before it
was broken by the sound of the cruise ship
engines and generators and loud speakers.
Our little boats were parked much closer to the glacier than the cruise ships. When the first cruise ship arrived, we slipped
away to Lamplugh Glacier to paddle.
From Lamplugh Glacier we paddled on up Johns Hopkins Inlet to view Johns Hopkins Glacier. This glacier is a glacier never
visible to the cruise ships. We stopped at Jaw Point, five miles short of this glacier, because of the high volume of ice bergs
and our concern that shifting winds and tides could trap us in the ice bergs.
Below, Jackie with Johns Hopkins Glacier in the background, five miles away.