** I know I am woefully behind here, but I have been devoting much of my time to other projects, which I can tell you about, but only after I get the rest of the Alaska trip out of the way, so bear with me **
Wednesday was our second Day At Sea, during which our ship ventured into Glacier Bay. Because it is a National Park, and a fragile nature preserve, only two cruise ships are allowed into it per day.
It was also a great day for spotting wildlife. We saw humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters, puffins, and a few other types of sea birds. The scenery was breathtaking, and I am dying to take a backpacking trip there one summer.
We spent much of the day hanging over the boat railing, taking photos, or soaking in the hot tub. It was glorious!
Some of us were a little reluctant to get out of bed in the first place, however.
It was fascinating watching bits of the glacier fall off into the water. The process is called “calving” and sometimes right before it happens the ice cracks and sounds like a gunshot. The broken-off pieces become icebergs.
After a day filled with photo-taking and ogling the beauty of the glaciers, we all had dinner together and then headed over to one of the lounges for karaoke, where Michael got roped onto singing “I’m Too Sexy” which was rather amusing.
Then it was time for bed. Thursday was our stop in Ketchikan rather early in the day, so we wanted to be well rested and ready to go!