Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday July 15 - Yakutat Bay & Hubbard Glacier

Sunday July 15

We cruised into Yakutat Bay and saw Hubbard Glacier, the world's biggest tidewater glacier, with a 6 mile wide terminus at the bay. Very impressive. We did not get off in this area, the traditional home of the Yakutat Tlingit people. It was a chilly day, we had some snowflakes and we bundled up to go outside on the balcony and watch what was going on outside. The bay was filled with ice floes, not icebergs but called berglets and growlers depending on their size. Some of them had stellar sea lions or harbor seals on them, handy places to float around and escape predators. Randy attended a talk with naturalist Rachel Dunham. Reed went off to Re-Mix, the teenage hang-out with all kinds of activities. Bret joined the 8 – 12 year-old-gang at Shockwaves, they had a Lego competition this morning.

When we boarded the ship, we each got an ID card like a credit card, it gets swiped for everything, such as when you get on or off the ship, or if you want to buy something. When we registered the boys for these clubs, we acknowledged that they could sign out themselves, and they both appreciate having their independence on the ship. Bret returned to our room when his club ended at 10 pm. Reed stayed until midnight, although his club is open until 1 a.m. They're meeting people and having fun.

The photo of us above was taken by us as we were reflected in our balcony window. You can kind of see the Hubbard Glacier behind us.

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