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Alaskan Ice Bucket Challenge

09-18-2014

By The Crew, Wilderness Explorer

It has been an excellent week aboard the Wilderness Explorer. It was a voyage chock full of Alaskan experiences. The week included rain and sun, kayaking, and bushwacking. We've seen brown bears and black bears, bubble netting humpbacks, and the Fairweather Mountains and mountain goats. And all this was just the tip of the adventure iceberg!

Alaskan Ice Bucket Challenge aka the Polar Plunge

Our week of excitement is topped off by the daring polar plunge. The plunge took place in Glacier Bay National Park just in front of Lamplugh Glacier (aka Lamplugh the blue). The water temperature was a frigid forty degrees but there was plenty of bravery. One of our plungers used this as an opportunity to create awareness for ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease). Our guest Gary Mencimer jumped as a tribute to a childhood friend who had been diagnosed with ALS. Gary offered a heartfelt speech honoring his lifelong friend then took the plunge with pride. Thank you so much, Gary, for the inspiration and a moment to be thankful with the Alaskan wilderness.



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