Our first time visiting Glacier Bay National Park this year was marked by a number of differences.
In a last minute attempt to enhance the experience, our second mate Gavin and I grabbed our instruments and headed to the very top deck above the bridge of the vessel to surprise the guests with an outdoor mini-concert.
Reaching 250 feet above the water, 200 below it, and extending over a mile and a half across the fjord, John Hopkins Glacier is a mighty sight to behold. Today John Hopkins is one of the few glaciers still advancing at about 17 feet a day! Creaking and popping, settling and sliding lead to the sudden thunderous BOOM!
It was a sunny July day as the Wilderness Explorer sailed into Bartlett Cove and the visitor center for Glacier Bay National Park.
After an eventful morning hiking around Glacier Bay National Park’s Headquarters in Bartlett Cove, the Wilderness Explorer headed north into the depths of the park to do what we like to call cruising for critters.