Monday, August 12th-A Spectacular Day on the Water!

Today we took a nine hour day cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park. What did we see? My goodness, it’s hard to list them all! Let’s start with 30-40 glaciers, building sized icebergs, multiple pods of Orca/ Killer Whales, several humpback whales, dozens of sea otters, jumping Silver Salmon, several different types of birds (Cormorant, Tufted and Horned Puffins, Auklet, Terns, one bald eagle, and Murre), Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, AND some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable!

Probably the most spectacular thing we saw was unique calving of the Northwestern Glacier. Here a fixed photo but I’d like to describe for you how it happened.

Look at the above pic and imagine this happening: (the boat is about a half mile from the “terminus” of the glacier-where it falls or flows into the ocean) A room sized chunk of ice fell from the upper part of the glacier above the giant rocks at the top of the picture 2-300 feet to the lower section of the glacier along with a lot of pent up water. THEN the Rock burst into several large chunks and rolled down the lower part of the glacier. You can see the funnel shaped white part of the glacier as it narrows down the closer it gets to the bottom. THEN it goes over the edge of the glacier straight down about 300 feet! Diana took a wonderful two minute video of the whole thing! The wi-fi sucks here so she can’t upload it tonight but she’ll put it on FB when we get a strong signal.

I can’t decide which pics to put on this post-they are all so beautiful! (Especially the person in the first one!) Here are a few to whet your appetite for the natural beauty of Alaska!

Calved Icebergs From the Glaciers
5 or 6 Glaciers Visible at Once!


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