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Kayaking adventures among glaciers - and orca whales

Kayaking adventures among glaciera - and orca whales
By Emilie Harting

We were heading north through the Icy Strait of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, the northern end of the 1,000-mile Inner Passage that goes from Vancouver, British Columbia, to the bottom of the state. It's one of the largest marine-mammal protected areas in the world. Our route for the weeklong trip in mid-August on Un-Cruise Adventures' Safari Endeavour was from Juneau and back to Juneau, going past the spectacular glaciers of Margerie, Johns Hopkins, and Grand Pacific, and south into a long fjord, Endicott Arm, to Dawes Glacier.

Alaska had been on my wish list for a long time, though big cruise ships are not my thing. An 84-passenger explorer boat with the sounds of the birds, wind, and water was just the entertainment for me.

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