Alaska

5/31: Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

Today we were going through Endicott Arm to Dawes Glacier.  This is often the destination of “second choice” when it is not possible to get into Tracy Arm to the Sawyer Glaciers.  Endicott Arm is wider than Tracy Arm and there is less chance of ice buildup in the passage.  It was different than the Sawyer Glaciers, but still very interesting.  We saw much more calving at Dawes, and were glad we got to see both Sawyer and Dawes Glaciers. Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier deserve more respect!

At 7:30am we were getting ready to approach Dawes Glacier

 

The low fog hung over the mountains along the sides of Endicott Arm

 

A good crowd for morning yoga and stretching.

 

The crew gets the skiffs ready for our adventure

 

 

 

We had the 9am tour with Bob driving and Alison guiding. Alison snagged a piece of floating ice, and made us all take turns kissing it

 

We saw some calving, and the waves from the ice falling into the water rocked the small skiff. We scoped out the glacier face, then went along the sides of the cliffs, before circling back to the ship.  We were anchored about half a mile from the glacier.

 

More photos from the morning:

Dawes Glacier – a view of the whole face

 

 




A very short calving video:

 

We all came in for lunch, before the afternoon activity – some crazy fools were going to do the Polar Plunge!

 


And, even more photos from the day:

 

We enjoyed the Captain’s Dinner with new friends from around the world.

 

We finished the evening with a slideshow of photos taken by our guides during the week, and a few passengers shared some photos as well.  I was surprised when Lou shared a short presentation of our photos from the previous two weeks.  Folks settled up their bar tabs for the week, and we had a good time visiting before calling it a night. Week 2 is almost over, and it exceeded expectations.

 

Dall’s Porpoise in the Dark:

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